This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in February 2015.
I really like ceiling socket lights as an alternative to recessed lighting or pendants in a home. The inexpensive porcelain varieties work well across home styles, so if you’re in a modern, beachy, or farmhouse-style dwelling, don’t overlook this classic alternative to overhead lighting. New or vintage, you’ll find them priced in a very reasonable $1-$5 range.
Not in the market to be adding new ceiling sockets? Me neither, not yet anyways. Flip these classic home improvement items upside down and find that they’re literally the best candlestick holders you’ll ever “make.”
The vintage products I picked up were already lacking the wires and electrical socket that would make them functional as lights. Just the shells. If you’re buying new, remove the electrical components (maybe save them for something different, like a clever electric candlestick). I gave my old products a good cleaning using the non-abrasive cleaner Bar Keeper’s Friend. It removed sticky residue and paint that had splattered on the finish. You’ll need tapers that will fit into the opening (aim for 1″ to 1-1/4″ diameter for a good fit that isn’t wobbly). The heavy bases have no inclination to tip, making them great for everyday use all year long. Man, I love these things!
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