Shoji Style Lamp

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Project by jamison00 posted 09-16-2008 11:51 PM 17426 views 175 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my girl and I have one of those typical college town apartments in which the lighting in the living room consists of an outlet connected to a light switch. We have some decent lighting on one side of the room, but the other was pretty bad, and certainly inadequate for working on sudoku puzzles which is the lady’s favorite past time. She was after me for a little bit to remedy the situation, which I kind of put off…until she threatened to install track lighting. I asked her to give me a month to come up with something, and this was it. I’m pretty pleased with it, and man does it kick out some light. I rigged up a dimmer switch as well, and it looks fantastic at about 1/4 max output.

-- James

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#1 posted 09-16-2008 11:57 PM

Wow, that looks great, nice job

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 09-17-2008 12:03 AM

Added to my favorites : ) this is truly a great piece of artistic lighting !!! Congratulations and I bet she is happy now : )

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#3 posted 09-17-2008 12:47 AM

Very nice work. What did you use for the shades?

-- Steve - kingwood, Texas

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#4 posted 09-17-2008 01:20 AM

CFL I presume?

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#5 posted 09-17-2008 01:47 AM

Beautiful design. It looks great in the room.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 09-17-2008 02:06 AM

love it, nice work under pressure from the boss lady.

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#7 posted 09-17-2008 02:41 AM

Thanks very much to everyone. Man, this site is really welcoming.

To Derek—Nope, they’re just 75 Watt standard bulbs. The glass gets a little warm, but no smoke yet (fingers crossed).

To Steve—The shades are pieces of glass covered with what I’m told is called Washi, which is Japanese paper that’s kind of fibrous. I sanded the glass to 60 grit, and then applied a spray adhesive and mounted the Washi to the glass.

And yes, the boss lady is very happy with the final product.

-- James

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#8 posted 09-17-2008 02:45 AM

I love it, looks very much like the solution to a similar problem I’m about to have. I love your solution and would be very interested in some macro or close-up shots on how you did the dimmer – I assume high up but would be interested in seeing it for some inspiration. Also, what do you use for the shade, the white part making it glow?

-- Brady Gaster, Indian Trail NC

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#9 posted 09-17-2008 03:19 AM

very nice, i love the look that the paper gives the glass, does it look like stained glass?

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#10 posted 09-17-2008 03:20 AM

Hey Bradygaster,

The dimmer is just a lamp dimmer that I picked up at the Depot; it’s here:

Its mounted on the wall, down and left of the fixture. You can see it in picture 3 just to the left of the couch. It will support 300 watts which is a pretty good amount. I’ve got it running 4×75 watt bulbs. The shades are described in the post just before yours.

Thanks very much for your interest man, and good luck on your project.

-- James

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#11 posted 09-17-2008 04:25 AM

nice MOOD LIGHTING…beautiful piece!!!!!! maybe more then sudoko from now on…......

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#12 posted 09-17-2008 04:59 AM

Very nice lighting solution. Thanks for sharing James.

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#13 posted 09-17-2008 03:16 PM

I would really like to see a pic of the corner of this in a bit more light. like pic number 2 maybe. This is a very cool project. Are you going to use the top for a shelf to display anything. Some prized possession could be nice up there all lit up.

Very cool.

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#14 posted 09-17-2008 04:25 PM

very nice work

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#15 posted 09-17-2008 05:32 PM

I like it a lot. In my house it would be a light / display shelf. More pictures please. I am putting this in the “knock off one for myself” bin. Oh yeah, Welcome to LJs! We look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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