When we lived in New York City, we had these awesome cable lights with hand blown glass pendants and, in the middle in the picture left, an awesome little beaded center piece lamp over our living room table.
One goal of the remodel was to make sure that we had a place for the pendants to finally hang again after being in boxes for the past decade.
The glass pendants are hung above the bar between kitchen and living room and the bead shade was hung over the kitchen table.
But the shade was too small to hang by itself. Thus, we needed additional fixtures.
At first, I soldered a couple of stiff copper wires to the bottom of some 12v MR16 compact fluorescent lamps. Plenty of light, but obviously not terribly pleasant to look at a couple of random bare bulbs hanging about.
I have always been enamored by the cheese grater light fixtures in That 70s Show.
As we were heading to IKEA for other reasons, we decided to poke about the kitchen accessories area to see if anything Light Fixture-esque struck our fancy.
Christine found some ORDNING stainless steel cutlery caddies that seemed pretty close to ideal.
So we grabbed a couple and I picked up some silver lamp cord from the local hardware store.
Assembly was trivial:
- Solder ends of lamp cord to ends of lamp
- Tie not in lamp cord just above lamp
- Feed lamp cord through center bottom hole of ORDNING
- Solder stiff copper wire to other end of lamp cord at desired height
- Bend copper wire in a hook to hook over suspended power cables
The end result is clean, simple, and provides great light. Better yet, the interior of the ORDNING has wonderful concentric rings from the machining process.
The blue light at the top of the cabinets is from blue LED rope lights that extend across the top of all cabinets.