Walnut Bay Light - industrial lighting

by brae  

For the main tower, I wanted lighting that looked like it might be original to the lighthouse -- something practical and industrial.  There are some nice sconces and modern light options out there, but I wanted something very basic.

I determined where I wanted the lights in the tower -- two in the lower portion and two in the upper.  I made wiring channels with my Dremel Trio.

I used NovaLyte side firing warm white LEDs.  These can be wired into a 12V system.  They are taped into place, and the wires were lengthened as needed.

I painted around them with a small brush before applying the stucco to the walls.  I wanted to keep the area around the lights relatively clear for adding the protective cages later.

The cages are made from doll hair rollers from Dollar Tree.

I cut four cages from the two inner rollers using my scroll saw.

I cut the backs open, later filing the excess to clean up the edges.

They are the perfect fit over the LEDs.

I spray painted them flat black.  Silver or burnished copper might have worked well, too.

They were a little too bright as is...it was painful to even look inside the tower.  So I used some glass paint to tone down the brightness.  The lower ones ended up being a little too toned down, but at least they match one another.  :D

Since the wires run inside wall channels and converge in the base to operate as pairs, I added aluminum tubing to give the illusion of wiring conduit.  I added Tyvek brackets and later painted the conduits the same Benjamin Moore White Chocolate wall color.

I love the way they turned out.  :]

5 comments

Comment from: April [Visitor]

They look awesome and cast the greatest little shadows too. Lookout buck stores everywhere, the miniaturists are coming for your toy section again!

12/29/13 @ 17:27
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

Such a clever use of random materials. It’s true that we can mini out of almost anything!

12/29/13 @ 17:28
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

I tried that same thing once with real size hair rollers…didn’t work, too big. I wish I had thought of doll size ones, it turned out great.

And glass paint to dim the lights…I’m filing that away for future use.

The conduit is the perfect touch. I’m almost to a point where I’m going to have to figure that out for the stone kitchen I’m working on…when I get back around to working on it again.

Thanks for all your ‘how I did it’ posts, they are greatly appreciated.

12/30/13 @ 02:13
Comment from: Veronique [Visitor]

Awesome! So simple yet so effective! But seeing in your mind what a random object could become, that’s talent. And you have it in abundance!
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12/30/13 @ 03:10
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you so much!!! :>>

01/07/14 @ 10:29


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