Design and Architecture

Designer Lamp for $ 900 - The hands are almost free!


It seems that regardless of the number of lamps and fixtures in the room, the corners on the ceiling always remain dark. This fact did not give me rest during the repair in one of the rooms. After a cursory study of pictures on the Internet, I realized that I liked the design corner lamp by Peter Bristol most of all (Peter Bristol). It was manufactured for Established & Sons and cost as much as $ 900!

Searching a little more, I found attempts to make a similar lamp myself, but the information was not complete, without any instructions.
I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own corner lamp.

This lamp consists of 3 main components: a triangular frame made of plywood, an inexpensive lamp with a cord and a piece of transparent acrylic (Plexiglas). This lamp is easy to manufacture, although it will require some skill. You will need a hand-held power tool, and if there is a table saw, then it will make everything much easier.

Ready? Let's do it!

Step 1: Drawing the Triangle

It is necessary to draw an equilateral triangle on a piece of plywood. As you can see in the photo, I used a digital protractor, but this can be done with a conventional protractor (each angle should be 60 °).
The size of the triangle must be large enough to fit a lamp with a base.
I have each side of the triangle 61cm.

After drawing the triangles, drew another one with an indent of 2 cm (inner contour).

Step 2: Cut to the external office

Using the outer contour as a guide, cut a triangle out of plywood. I made cuts at 45 ° using a table saw. You can do it in the same way using a hand-held power tool, although it will take more time and the quality of the cut will suffer, you will have to refine it with a file.

Step 3: Cut out the jigsaw

At this stage it is necessary to remove the inner section of the triangle.

Use a large diameter drill bit to make the inlet holes for the jigsaw. I drilled holes near every corner.

Use one of the drilled holes to start cutting. Saw as close as possible to the pencil line until you reach the next hole. Then repeat the same for 2 other sides of the triangle.

Step 4: Remove the inside corners

Step 5: Mounting Holes

To fix the corner lamp frame on the wall, it is necessary to prepare mounting holes.

I found several long screws and picked up a drill bit that matches their diameter. He fixed the frame with the beveled side down, as it would be on the wall and drilled holes (outside).

I made a countersink so that the heads of the screws hid in the frame during installation.

Step 6: Clear Acrylic

In order to hide the light bulb and to scatter the light a piece of transparent acrylic was used. You may ask why I did not use milk acrylic? The fact is that its surface will be glossy and it will be “too” not transparent, but here it is a matter of taste.
Cut out a triangle from acrylic so that it goes to the frame by 10-15mm from all sides.

Plexiglas, which you will most likely be in a protective film, it must be removed. Do not be afraid to scratch the acrylic. In the next step, it will be clear why.

Step 7: Grinding Acrylic

In order to diffuse the light, transparent acrylic must be made matte. I used a sander with sandpaper No. 120 (you can sand it with your hands). Evenly processed plexiglas on both sides.

Finishing processing made 180th sandpaper.

Step 8: Mount Magnets

To fix the plexiglass to the wooden frame and make it removable, because sometimes you have to change the lamp, I used neodymium magnets (they are much stronger than usual) 5mm x 1.5mm in size.

Put the acrylic on the frame, as it should be placed. Make small marks on the corners of the frame, along the side surface of acrylic.

After that, do NOT a through hole in the acrylic to prepare the magnet cradle. The diameter of the hole is slightly larger than the diameter of the magnet.

Glue magnets to your places on acrylic with a second adhesive or epoxy resin.

Step 9: Mate

So that the magnets had something to grasp on, I twisted the metal screws with a flat head.

To do this, I put our piece of acrylic on the frame and marked the place of installation of the magnets on the frame. To make Plexiglas fit snugly to the frame, I made holes so that the screw head would be hidden in the frame.

Tighten the screws delicately, as the lamp frame is quite delicate.

Step 10: Electrics

Before fixing the luminaire on the wall, prepare a cavity for the power cord at the back of the frame. I used a cable in a decorative fabric braid. He seemed pretty nice and cheap in the local store.

Mark where the cord will be located, then carefully cut out the cavity with any convenient tool.

Step 11: Fixing the frame to the wall

Position the frame so that all sides are snug against the walls. The design of the lamp is such that it rises into a corner only in a certain way, so that you do not confuse anything.

The lamp holder also needs to be attached to the wall as it will hold the weight of the cord. Since we have a small enclosed space in the corner on the ceiling, it is preferable to use an LED lamp rather than an incandescent lamp.

Step 12: Enjoy!

With the help of magnets, acrylic will almost automatically fall into place.
When you turn on the lamp, the corners will be beautifully highlighted!

P.S. I made two such fixtures, one with a red cord and the other with white. Thought that white would be less stand out against the wall. In the end, I liked more that the red cord stands out on the wall.