Smart Idea: Make Your Own Pendant Light

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PHOTO Marijke Willems PRODUCTION & WORDS Annemarie Meintjes

Make a striking pendant light using two plastic glasses – and incorporate the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 into your home.

The Pantone Colour of the Year 2018, Ultra Violet, is a deep purple that conveys intrigue, originality and ingenuity. It will undoubtedly boost sales in the commercial world, but designers and architects will always choose black as one of their favourite colours of any year!

If purple is your favourite colour you are in luck; if not, use it sparingly – in touches only. Make a striking pendant light using two plastic glasses: a translucent purple one topped by an opaque red beer glass. You’ll also need an electrical cord, a plug, a socket and a low-voltage LED (the plastic might melt if you use an incandescent bulb).

Drill a hole in the base of the two glasses and lace the cord through both of them. Fit a socket to the bottom end of the cord and a plug to the other end, and screw in the LED.

Good news: You can now get a 2 m length of silicone cord fitted with a socket on one end and a plug on the other from most electrical suppliers and hardware shops.

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