MAKE contributor Bill Bumgarner posted this gorgeous lighting hack that uses some IKEA stainless-steel cutlery caddies to solve a home lighting problem:
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…