Dear AT, I just recently purchased a timber loft with 14 foot ceilings. It currently has ugly suspended track lighting which I want to replace. I would like to try a DIY version of hanging lightbulbs. I want to buy some sockets and cords to replicate this lighting style (in picture) and hang them from the timbers. Where can I go to find cheap materials in Chicago or online? Thanks! Vanessa
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Dear Vanessa, One of our house tours last year, Andreas' Greektown Loft, showed a DIY hanging lightbulb project that Andreas did himself (pictured above). He mentioned that he just went to his local hardware store for all of the stuff. Our favorite store for any project is Clark-Devon Hardware, a place we have had great experiences in terms of selection, service, and price. We pulled up our 2006 "Best of Chicago" nominations for resources for DIY projects, and there are several others you may want to check out. See the final votes here. Anyone else have THE spot for cheap materials for Vanessa's lightbulb project?