Bright Ideas for Upcycled Lighting

Bright Ideas for Upcycled Lighting

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Some upcycling tasks evoke a smile. For instance, old style rotary telephones are re-imagined as ornamental desk lamps. Other upcycling tasks dazzle, comparable to perky pendant lights with porcupine-like spikes shaped from tight rolls of recycled paper.

Innovative artisans and upcycling fans from all over the world are repurposing all kinds of potential discards into fascinating lamps and lighting fixtures. Some are useful and unfussy. Others are artistic endeavors. Lots are delightfully whimsical.

All of them display the scrumptious potential of upcycling, and ideally decreasing waste.

Deodorant Re-do

upcycled deodorant solar bike light
Photo: Sudhu Tewari, Instructables

On his Instructables web page, Sudhu Tewari supplies his do-it-yourself model for a transportable solar-powered gentle utilizing an empty plastic deodorant tube. He describes his design as a straightforward hack for a home made bike gentle. It additionally encompasses a photo voltaic panel reclaimed from a backyard gentle.

“I really like reusing discarded issues,” Tewari says. “It provides me nice satisfaction to have the ability to reuse one thing quite than sending it to landfill.”

Paper Pendants

Recycled paper lamp shade
Photo: Verdepumo, Etsy

Pendant lamps from Verdepumo Etsy store sport a spikey sea urchin vibe. They’re fully handmade with recycled paper.

“Working with recycled paper is a option to flip rubbish into poetry,” says Verdepumo store proprietor and designer, Mery Spilotro of Italy. “To be taught to have a brand new look. A glance stuffed with alternatives.”

Other recycled paper lighting tasks:

  • Etsy vendor Formma from Vilnius, Lithuania, builds handmade lampshades with recycled cardboard
  • Cardboard lamp DIY directions from Nordwerk Design on YouTube
upcycled cardboard lamp shade
Photo: Formma, Etsy

Dialed In

Vintage rotary telephones are rolling out as desk lamps from a wide range of artisans and do-it-yourselfers. While designs differ considerably, normally the phones-as-lamps characteristic hovering handsets as the sunshine supply.

upcycled vintage phone lamp
Photo: WroughtIronFamily, Etsy

Examples embrace:

"Phamp" upcycled phone lamps
Photo: Dubchinsky, Etsy

“I usually don’t like seeing good issues go to landfills, particularly if there’s a enjoyable option to give them a brand new life,” says Gosha Dubchinsky. “ With my Phamps, I take items of historical past, actually cool wanting artifacts from the previous and upcycle them to offer them a  future and allow them to gentle up individuals’s houses and faces with smiles. I feel that lots of issues that we really want have already been produced prior to now and are simply ready for us to search out them.”

Light Wine

wine bottle chandelier
Photo: Industrial Lightworks

Industrial Lightworks upcycles empty wine bottles into lights, together with a chandelier with 11 bottles dangling from worn-and-weathered reclaimed wooden.

“It’s a wonderful course of to make use of one thing that was meant for a unique use and switch it into one thing wonderful and distinctive,” says Tara Stemper, who owns Industrial Lightworks along with her husband. They use as many upcycled supplies as potential in every fixture they create, she says. “We really feel we’re doing our half in taking good care of [our] footprint and serving to to scale back others’ footprints as properly.

“We are at all times on the lookout for new methods to make use of previous supplies. It’s a enjoyable problem and our prospects love us for it. We use previous doorways, all various kinds of steel, reclaimed barn wooden, antiqued tins, repurposed funnels, wine bottles, steel filaments, you identify it, we’ll give it a strive.”

For do-it-yourself bottle lights:

Under the Hood

Reclaimed Industrial Pendant Lights
Photo: Weathered Finishes

Sporting a glossy, elongated, and polished profile, Reclaimed Industrial Pendant Lights from Weathered Finishes in Arizona are designed utilizing upcycled auto elements.

The aesthetically pleasing pendants are degreased and upcycled engine filters from vans and different heavy tools. “These fixtures are what we wish to name ‘completely imperfect’ and are actually one in every of a form,” the Etsy web page states.

Other Upcycled Lights

Upcycled binocular pendant light
Photo: WroughtIron Family, Etsy

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Upcycling directions:

Featured picture courtesy of Tim Gouw, Pexels