Bracket Lighting

Bracket Lighting

Sometimes you need to add lighting to a room or a space, but simply want to do the project inexpensively and without the need for an Electrician. To be honest I do wish my DIY skills extended to electrical because then I could be all that! However, because I don’t have those skills, I had to think inside my skill set and problem-solve my lack of lighting issue in our 1997 mobile home that we are DIYing on a very small budget to be a Fab Lake Cottage!

This is the before of our kitchen when we purchased it in January of 2020.
The original light fixture was a single bulb light fixture that was a little underwhelming.
We replaced it with a single bulb and it added to the charm of the kitchen, but didn’t improve the lighting situation.
As you can see we had made it pretty far with our improvements other than resolving the lighting issue.
Even the new dining room light (that I purchased off FBMP for $15 didn’t fix the lack of lighting in the nooks and crannies of the kitchen.
I decided my best option was to add lighting to each side of the new rustic vent hood that I had made.

So now that I quickly updated you with pictures and comments that show the progression, I’ll start with how I made rustic brackets and what lights I purchased to resolve my lack of lighting on a very small budget. I had a few 1 x 4″ boards of Alder wood. I really wanted to do the brackets out of Alder because I love the grain and the knots of Alder. Since Alder is more expensive than pine, I really can’t use it for bigger items like the vent hood shown above because it wouldn’t keep me on budget for this renovation.

I ripped one of the two 1 x 4″ x 8′ boards into two. That allowed me to have a thinner piece to partially hide the cord on my pendant light.

I cut the following pieces for each corbel. I wanted the corbel bracket to be simple and purposeful. The groove on the back side allowed me to hide a portion of the electrical cord.

This is the product that I choose to order to hang from my rustic corbels. I thought they had a similar look to the single light fixture I had replaced over my sink. I also loved that the pair of corded lights were inexpensive. I bought the pair of lights for under $35.00

Before I stained and added poly to the corbel brackets, I held them in place to determine where they should go. With this placement, I felt that each corbel light bracket gave me considerable light on my countertop work space below. Plus they also added a bunch of light to the whole kitchen.

I just measured how far from each side of the vent hood I wanted the corbel to be placed. Then assured my line of tape was level so it could act as a guide while I attached them to the wall.

In the left light fixture, I tried an Edison light bulb and a regular LED light bulb in the right. Even though I loved the look of the Edison bulb, this project was about getting more light into the kitchen so I opted for the regular style light bulb.

Click here to see the short video that I have on Instagram about this project.

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