Filament Bulb Bedside Lights

The part of our bedroom where the bed lives is very narrow so we only have space for  rather miniature bedside tables. We wanted to have matching lights for both sides of the bed but all the interesting lamps we came across would completely fill our little tables so we decided to find a way to hang the lights from the wall above the bed instead.

*Throughout this post I ask you to ignore our horrible silver bed frame and bedding – we’re working on it….*

Here’s the ‘before’ picture:

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We were inspired by a recent trip to Sweden where we saw lots of lighting cords that had a plug on the end rather than needing wiring in. They were super expensive over there and obviously had the wrong kind of plug so we decided to find some when we got back. This proved much harder than we hoped until a trip to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas where we came across a stall selling the cords – complete with a plug and switch – and a selection of bulbs too. There were a few choices for the colour of the bit which you screw the bulb into (there is probably a name for that) so we went for ‘rose gold.’ We ‘haggled’ them down to £45 for two cords and two bulbs which was pretty good considering the bulbs alone are often around £12 each. We needed some brackets to hang the lights from so we took a trip to Ikea to pick up the Ekby Valter for £2 each.

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It turns out our drill is intended more for use on things like wood and cotton wool than brick so this process took slightly longer than expected.

But we got there eventually!

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Unfortunately now that we have nice lighting the awful bed is even more apparent – any ideas on how to hide this would be much appreciated?? As the property is rented we can’t just get rid of it but thinking of ways to possibly box it in…

Thanks for reading!

Tali x

 

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4 thoughts on “Filament Bulb Bedside Lights

  1. I saw this (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/356277020496547429/) on Pinterest, and I was reminded of this post, and how you said you wanted to add something more to the bed but was limited… Not sure if this exactly would go, but I found the concept interesting, and it could easily be done on a smaller scale or with fairy lights instead. Wilkos do these beautiful mouldable fairy lights on copper wire for only £3.50 (http://www.wilko.com/indoor-lights/wilko-christmas-led-micro-lights-warm-white-x-20/invt/0322514), it’s a short line of lights, but they’d suit your rustic and warm look you have with the bedside lights. Might look nice just simply wrapped around the bar, or wrapped up the wires for the lights or something.

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  2. Hello, I love your diy hanging bulb creations and hope to do the same in my bedroom. Where did you buy your bulb and cord as the link above doesn’t seem to work for me?
    Thanks
    Rachel

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