One lazy afternoon, I decided to check some nice simple inventions and cool gadgets on the internet when I stumbled upon a photo of a lighting fixture that is made from recycled materials on Facebook. I first saw this in Cebu’s IT Park a few years back and thought I can do the same but it is just recently that I got so bored and decided to do this.
Since I don’t have the luxury of time to collect plastic spoons and find an unused water container, I decided to buy at the nearby supermarket. I am so anxious to make the light fixture so I can put it in my garage, which is located in front of the house. This will give my neighbors an idea on how they can recycle the plastic spoons (and even forks) they get from fastfoods.
Aside from the water container and plastic spoons, you need a superglue to stick the spoons head to the container. You also need a scissor and cutter.
First step is to cut the bottom part of the water container using the cutter.
Cut the head of spoons and glue it to the plastic container. Be sure to use a fast-acting glue and make sure everything is aligned. It is better to start from the bottom to cover the open areas with another spoon head.
The finished product will look more or less the same in the below image.
The top/head of the water container serves as the opening so the fixture can be mounted on a bulb or CFL (Compact Florescent Lamp). I suggest using a LED (Light-Emitting Diode) Bulb so the body, which is in contact with the plastic, won’t heat too much.
For those who are good in electronics, you can add a bulb socket and wire so the bulb will not be in direct contact with the plastic. This way, you can use a CFL or Incandescent Bulb, but I really don’t suggest the latter.
Warning: The materials used in this project are all plastic, which can easily burn when exposed to heat. I am using the same lighting fixture you see above at my home, almost everyday for 3-4 hours. I haven’t had any problems with it because I am using a 9Watt LED.
Some people call this a Spoon Chandelier, some call it a Lighting Fixture made from Recycled Spoon and Water Container. Whatever its name is, if you are really using a recycled material, you are surely helping the community. The next time I do this, I will collect plastic spoons and water container first. =)