- Leviton Keyless Plastic LampHolder x3
- 50 ft Rope, Wire, or Strand
- 12 ft Extension Cords x3
- Wood Screws (1 in deep)
- Eye Hooks x4
- Flexible Metal Plates x2 (cut correction plates in lumber section of Home
- 5 ft 1X6 lumber
1. The supplies needed
The fixture consists of a center lamp and 2 wing lamps. The center piece is cut
from the 1X6 lumber to 6" and the wings are cut to 12". The wings allow for an
additional lampholder to be added to each wing at a later date if needed.
3. The pieces are sanded and smoothed out. You should paint the pieces white
at this step (I have not done so).
4. The female receptacle of an extension cord is cut and the 2 wires are
stripped and hooked one by one to each lamp to ensure they work prior to
5. The metal brackets are screwed down onto each appendage and each part sits
just under an inch apart. The metal brackets were found in Home Depot in the
lumber section. They're rigid enough to hold the parts in place but flexible
enough to be moved up and down.
6. The assembly is placed in its upright position and bended to test for
rigidity and flexibility.
7. Testing the Y-Splitter (optional) with some spare incandescent bulbs. Of
course this fixture will use CFLs; the incandescents are for testing.
8. Holes are drilled out on each appendage and the stripped extension cords
are run to each lamp. Each lamp gets it's own 12' cord and the lamps are secured
to the assembly.
The eyehooks are attached to the center piece.
10/11. The fixture is secured with wire strand and bowline knots and tested for levelness and
can hang this from the top down as demonstrated or you can hang several of them
in a side ways configuration to create a (wrap around) plant halo. You can also
expand the wings to hold 2 lamp posts each. If you use a Y-Splitter in each lamp
with the extra 2 posts then you're looking at 10 CFLs! You can also create extra
appendages depending on your requirements.