Light Fixture

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Project by bondogaposis posted 08-15-2018 08:34 PM 1099 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I walked through my kitchen a couple of weeks ago the light fixture fell from the ceiling and knocked me to the floor! I was not injured seriously, but I started pricing new light fixtures. Holy buckets they want a lot of money for cheesy made in China crap, I was looking at $600 to $1000 to replace it. For that kind of money I thought I could do better. This is the result, 2 led shop lights, mica, copper, walnut scraps, and a suspended ceiling light panel, cost around $120. The last photo shows the el cheapo chain that suspended the old light, the links are not welded and over the 25 years I’ve lived here, they opened up. Needless to say that chain is replaced with welded link chain.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 08-15-2018 11:05 PM

Nice work Bondo! Glad that old light fixture didn’t knock you for a loop! I made one for our kitchen a few years ago. I posted it on my projects page.
Your fixture looks very heavy I hope it’s secured well.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 08-15-2018 11:35 PM

WELL DONE! Very sturdy BUILD too!

I see that we share a common trait—OVERBUILDING! I am also very guilty of making it to outlive me!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 08-16-2018 01:32 AM

Beautiful results. I can’t tell from the photos, what are the iridescent blue colored strips?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-16-2018 03:50 AM

They are copper strips, salted and fumed in ammonia. Purely decorative.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 08-16-2018 02:02 PM

This is great! I want to make one for my kitchen just because they look good, and all my fixtures are working fine. Nice work.

I cheaped out on a ceiling fixture for my office room. I think I spent $120 – the biggest, cheapest one I could find on amazon, and holy toledo is it a piece of crap. Light fixtures are crazy expensive if you expect and semblance of quality.

Great choice making one, and nicely done.

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#6 posted 08-16-2018 03:04 PM

bondogaposis THanks for the close-up and explanation. That is cool.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 08-16-2018 03:17 PM

looks to me like this one is anchored in to ceiling very well nice job on saving huge moneys now you can buy more tools and wood LOL …. GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 08-16-2018 05:48 PM

Nice work, I love how you dusted your self off, got angry at the thing and showed it what a shop made fixture is all about 8^)

Good idea with the mica on the sides, the accent lighting it provides is a great touch.

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#9 posted 08-16-2018 07:02 PM

Wow! This is a beautiful light fixture. Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 08-17-2018 11:15 AM

Very nice. Great idea…

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