Simple DIY Plug in Drum Pendant Lighting {How to turn a Lamp Shade into a Hanging Pendant Light – the easy way}

Simple DIY Plug in Drum Pendant Lighting {How to turn a Lamp Shade into a Hanging Pendant Light – the easy way}

Let’s talk plug in hanging lighting. By far it is not my first choice when trying to bring light into a room – however sometimes you just have to work with what you got. Even though there are an abundance of hanging pendants available, when it comes to finding a reasonable plug in style hanging drum pendant {without wiring it yourself} – the pickings are quite slim.


I spent many nights scouring the internet for hanging plug in options for my little guys updated playroom.


The room was originally designed to be a formal sitting room of some sorts so there is no overhead lighting in the space. When we originally made it a playroom the first time around, lighting was not a big issue as my little guy is highly sensitive to any type of light – so the cave like conditions were perfectly fitting. {I even went as far as using black curtains, against my own judgement, to darken the room even more.}


Now that the primary use of the room has changed, finding adequate lighting has been the biggest challenge. The room is on the first level of our home so adding new overhead lighting was not an option without tearing apart the walls. {um, no thank you} So that left table lamps and hanging plug in lighting to brighten the space up.

The two lamps I added to the top of the storage unit came from JC Penney. I purchased them a couple of years ago simply because I loved their studious style {plus they were on clearance – so I was able to get them both for a really good price}. They actually sat in the box until I pulled them out a couple of weeks ago and gave them a couple coats of oil rubbed bronze spray paint for their new home.


They definitely throw off some great light but only on one side of the room. I tried a table lamp in the corner above but the room needed something hung higher that casted a little more light. So even though the idea of two corner hanging lights would not have been my first choice – it was really the only option left I could find.

Lamp wiring is not really my cup of tea as it may be a simple task for some – but honestly I am a big scaredy cat when it comes to having anything to do with electric in general. I tried so hard to make the inexpensive Ikea Hemma cord sets work but could not find a shade I particularly liked. {and since all their lighting is UNO fitted, using any old shade on their cords is not an option}


So after googling every single hanging pendant plug in lighting phrase I could possibly think of – I literally jumped for joy when I found these cords from Lowes. They instantly turn a shade into a hanging pendant plug in light and they are only $14.97 a piece! {found here}


~ You simply unscrew the cap on the adapter ~


~ Position the shade fitter ~


~ Screw the cap back on ~


~ And hang~


{source: Lamps USA}
They work with any shade that has a spider/harp {or spider/reflector} fitter that sits at the top of the shade. {the fitter is the way the shade connects to the lamp}


So if you are not into wiring your own hanging pendant lamp and are looking for a plug in option these cords are the easiest and simplest way to hang a drum shade.


Read more about  how to cover a tapered drum shade and the fun tailored cord covers. Enjoy.

                  

Comments

  1. Hi Stephanie Lynn-

    Thank you for sharing this – I hate wiring, too. I have a shade sitting in my basement to do this with. This is such a better option than the one in the Ballard Designs catalog.
    My best- Diane

  2. Very clever!! These look great! I’m so glad to know there is an option, besides calling an electrician. Love the double lamps too!! FABULOUS!

  3. I’m so excited you posted this! I never dreamed it could be so easy. You just saved me a huge amount of time, thank you!!! I’m looking forward to your tutorials. :)

  4. Very good to know, Thanks.

  5. What an informative post. I really liked the diagram showing the different mounting styles. Those look wonderful in your sons room. I still remember reading all about the making of that table. Such a heartwarming story!!

  6. That is awesome! ANd that room looks phenomenal. Lucky kids.

  7. Thank you so very much for sharing this as it is just the answer to a similar problem. Our living room has a sloped ceiling with no overhead light, one large off center window and an odd layout. We can now eliminate at least one lamp, move the furniture, and still have plenty of lighting! Thank you!!

  8. Oh this is awesome! I know its not ideal, but this will work over our kitchen sink where we don’t have overhead lighting and cast a big shadow at night because oof the ceiling fan light in the middle of the room. We have a ton of plugs too. Thank you so much for posting!

  9. Love the idea of multiple hanging lamps! Great DIY:)

  10. wow that turned out so nice Stephanie. Looks like a custom lighting project. Will look forward to your tutorial on how you decorated the shades and made cord covers. Happy for you that you could solve your dilemma.

  11. Great tutorial Stephanie! And I’m loving those tailored cord covers. Can’t wait to see your tutorial.

  12. Nice Dear!! I saw first time these thing. Nice lamp and lamp shades. I will definitely try this for my Girl’s room.

  13. The room is really looking great. You inspire me everyday.
    Peace.

  14. Fantastic tutorial!!..the hanging drum pendants look like they came out of a high end lighting store…

    Your son’s room is magnificent!!!

  15. Fantastic work! I really love this site because, I gained lots of information and several tips on how I can beautify and enhance my house! thank you stepahnie

    Best Regards,
    Chris @HomeFurnitureandPatio

  16. I’ve also been trying to find a solution for pendant lighting that plugs into the wall. I would rather hard wire it into the ceiling, but our couch is positioned in a place that it would look really strange if we moved it, or sold the house. The floor lamps we are using are a pain and in the way – but we need lighting.
    Thanks for the post… it opens up many more options for me.

  17. I love that you shared this lighting information! I will be stopping at Lowe’s on my way home tonight as this will be perfect in the entry closet that I am turning into a mudroom nook. Thank you!!!!

  18. OMG, I have been spending a day trying to find plug-in track pendants that will work over a new bar we are putting in our kitchen/dining area and have been having a devil of a time until I came across your post. Thank you so much for posting this. You have absolutely made my day!

  19. Thank you, Thank you! for posting this. I am needing 3 of these and was trying to figure out how to change my shades to use a standard swag kit. This is perfect!

  20. How did you make the cords look so nice?

  21. Thank you so much for this post. I just moved into an apartment and there is no light fixture where it seems obvious one would put a dining room table. I never have much money to spend, so your solution is perfect, and I will cover the cord as well. Only thing left is I want to be able to dim the light… So I’ve found a plug-in dimmer switch to add to the mix for less than $10. I’m very excited to have my table ready to entertain by the holidays. Thank you again and keep sharing your creativity.

  22. Thank you so much! I search every night for ways to hang the Lego lamp I want to make for my son. I was ready to give up. I had done what you had and googled everything! This is so awesome! I am so super excited! Now the project can BEGIN! Many many thanks!

  23. Thank you so much! I search every night for ways to hang the Lego lamp I want to make for my son. I was ready to give up. I had done what you had and googled everything! This is so awesome! I am so super excited! Now the project can BEGIN! Many thanks!

  24. Thank you so much! I search every night for ways to hang the Lego lamp I want to make for my son. I was ready to give up. I had done what you had and googled everything! This is so awesome! I am so super excited! Now the project can BEGIN! I am so grateful!

  25. Thank you so much! I search every night for ways to hang the Lego lamp I want to make for my son. I was ready to give up. I had done what you had and googled everything! This is so awesome! I am so super excited! Now the project can BEGIN! Thanks!

        

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