I Wired a $10 Light

A while ago (years maybe) I bought a $10 light at The Loading Dock in Baltimore.

The master closet now has a bare light bulb hanging rakishly from the ceiling.
The master closet now has a bare light bulb hanging rakishly from the ceiling.

I had the bright idea that it would look nice in our newly-built master closet.

$10 from the salvage yard.
$10 from the salvage yard.

The finish on it was vintage brass but it had become pitted over the years.

The spray painted pieces don't look like much.
The spray painted pieces don’t look like much.

I decided to give it my favorite metal finish: metallic charcoal.

Just returning the now-clean glass to the newly-painted frame is an improvement.
Just returning the now-clean glass to the newly-painted frame is an improvement.

After removing all the glass and spraying the metal parts, I rewired it. The original wiring fabric-covered and ragged.

The hardware store had a large selection of wire wherein we found exactly the right thing.
The hardware store had a large selection of wire wherein we found exactly the right thing.

Earlier in the day we had stopped at Clark’s Hardware for replacement candelabra parts. I had tried 3 other stores earlier in the week and was finally successful in finding the parts and wires for less than $8.

The wire was not difficult to guide through the metal tube.
The wire was not difficult to guide through the metal tube.

I threaded the wires up through the stem along with the copper grounding wire that came with the fixture.

The new sockets are repositioned on the fixture.
The new sockets are repositioned on the fixture.

I positioned the new sockets on the base and connected white wires to white and black wires to black with wire nuts.

Black to black, white to white, wire nuts and tape.
Black to black, white to white, wire nuts and tape.

The expert at the hardware store said to also use electrical tape which I did.  I thought it was overkill but then I’m no expert.

Before
Before
After
After

I put all the pieces pack together and, voila, a hanging fixture for our closet which, by the way, Charlie also likes.

What your latest “rewiring”?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “I Wired a $10 Light”

    1. We have never had a decent closet so I can hardly wait. Since it has a window and is fairly large it could actually be a nursery until I closetize it. NO that we’re expecting any babies. Jo

    1. I’m not afraid of electrical wiring, especially new wiring. It’s plumbing that scares me, the insipid leaks that become waterspouts. Jo

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