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DIY Idea: Colander as Light Fixture

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DIY Idea: Colander as Light Fixture

May 31, 2024

What’s dome-shaped, perforated, and—surprisingly—makes a great light fixture?

With apertures to let the light through, the humble colander is primed to be repurposed. Particularly if it’s vintage.

Have a look:

the inspiration: in a legendary provincetown artist’s home, updated for  17
Above: The inspiration: In A Legendary Provincetown Artist’s Home, Updated for Modern Life, white enamel colanders are wired as light fixtures. Hire an electrician to hard-wire one; the perforations add graphic appeal when the light is off and cast patterns when it’s on. Photograph by Justine Hand,
or go the ready made route: the colander pendant light in weathered zinc is \$9 18
Above: Or go the ready-made route: The Colander Pendant Light in Weathered Zinc is $97.95 from Litely.

P.S. Another option? A pasta pot. See: DIY: Surprising New Uses for Cookware in the Kitchen and Closet.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of this DIY project?

The purpose of this DIY project is to create a unique and creative lighting fixture using a colander.

What materials are needed for this project?

The materials needed for this project include a colander, pendant light kit, cord grip, wire cutters, pliers, and a drill.

How do I start this DIY project?

Start by drilling a hole in the bottom of the colander for the light cord to go through. Then, assemble the pendant light kit according to the instructions provided.

Can I use any type of colander for this project?

Yes, you can use any type of colander for this project as long as it is in good condition and made of a material that can handle the heat of a light bulb, such as metal or heat-resistant plastic.

Do I need any electrical knowledge to complete this project?

Basic electrical knowledge is recommended to safely complete this project. If you are unsure, it is always best to consult a professional electrician.

Where can I find a pendant light kit?

Pendant light kits can be found at most hardware stores or online retailers that sell lighting fixtures and supplies.

Can I customize the color of the colander for this project?

Yes, you can customize the color of the colander by spray painting it with a paint specifically designed for metal or plastic surfaces.

Are there any safety precautions I should take with this DIY project?

Yes, it is important to turn off the power before working with any electrical components. Also, make sure the light bulb wattage does not exceed the maximum recommended for the pendant light kit.

Is this project suitable for outdoor use?

While this project is primarily designed for indoor use, if the colander and pendant light kit are rated for outdoor use, it can be installed outdoors as well.

Can I modify the design of this colander light fixture?

Yes, you can modify the design by using different types of colanders, adding decorative elements, or incorporating multiple colanders for a unique look.

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