Modern Art Light

Modern Art Light

Learn how to create a unique wall light with a colorful light socket kit.

5 col

Difficulty: Easy

16’ Light socket kit – cord color of choice
Nostalgia era light bulb – 60 watts or less
Small box of wire tacks
Acrylic paint – same color as light socket cord
Butcher paper
Tape measure
Drill with a Phillips head bit and 1/4” drill bit
1/2” Metal washer
Painter’s tape
12” Level
Pipe fastener
2 1/2” wall screw
1” x 1” x 2” Wood block
Wire snips


1. Paint the wire tacks and 1” x 1” x 2” wood block with acrylic paint to match the color of the light cord. Allow to dry for 2-3 hours before moving onto the next step

2. Using a drill with a 1/4” bit, drill a pilot hole through the center of the 1” x 1” x 2” wood block (See image below)


3. A template of a lamp will be cut in butcher paper to use as a guide for light cord placement in later steps. Using a pencil and ruler, follow the measurements on the diagram below to create your lamp template on butcher paper. Cut out the template and set to one side (See diagram below)

4. Tape the paper lamp template on the wall with painter’s tape at your desired height and preferably with a power outlet directly beneath to avoid using an extension cord. Check with a 12” level the template is straight (See images below)

5. Mark the wall with pencil dots around the template at every point where the shape changes direction. (See image below)


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6. Thread a metal washer onto the 2 1/2” wall screw then thread on the pipe fastener from the inside out. Next thread on the 1” x 1” x 2” wood block. Hold the block and pipe fastener up to the wall, centered inside the lampshade template. Secure to the wall using a drill with a Phillips head bit (See images below)

7. Place the light socket inside the pipe fastener. Tighten the pipe fastener around the light socket using a drill with a Phillips head bit. Cut off excess pipe fastener with wire snips (See image below)

8. Hammer a wire tack over the cord directly below the light socket. This will alleviate any pull on the light socket and block in the next step (See images below)


9. Attach the light socket cord to the wall following the pencil dots from Step 5 and using wire tacks hammered over the cord at every point the cord changes direction. Additional wire tacks can be added anywhere the cord needs additional support (See diagram and images below)

10. Screw a nostalgic era low-wattage light bulb into the light socket. The 1” x 1” x 2” block of wood will work like a spacer to hold the light bulb away from the wall. Plug in the lamp (See image below)

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