How To: Make a Socket Chandelier

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Good ideas inspire. While visiting the David Allen Gallery (we don't know why his links don't work anymore) on Smith Street a few weeks ago we were struck by his remarkably simple and elegant chandelier invention which is made out of multiple socket extenders...

We do not wish to steal his thunder, but to advertise his invention. You can buy his original design for $200 (called The Atomic Chandelier), which is made out of ceramic socket extenders and very heavy duty or you can make your own design for about $120 out of regular old electrical supply pieces which is mostly plastic these days.

Ingredients:
40 socket extenders
40 lightbulbs (25 watt)
1 simple socket (ceramic)
1 cord control (screws into rear of socket and holds tight to cord)
20' standard electrical cord

While David Allen uses only the small round bulbs, we substituted long ones in a few places for dramatic effect. We also would like to experiment with a really big long, curling shape which would include many more sockets and bulbs and a few more cords. FYI the wattage of 40 25 watt bulbs is 1,000 watts. While this is no problem for the cord (max. 1,500 watts) and the sockets themselves seemed fine, it did blow out the dimmer we attached to make the light more mellow. We recommend a bigger dimmer, common sense and care. Enjoy!

(Re-edited from posting on 2004-06-21 - MGR)
(Re-Edited from posting on 2006-11-28 - MGR))

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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