Vintage Insulator Pendant Lights

DIY Industrial Vintage Insulator Pendant Lights - Pocketful of Posies

HI All!

When I started working the Romantic Industrial makeover for our Master Bedroom I never thought it would have such a tremendous response!  Thank you all so much for your very sweet compliments!  It looks like Romantic Industrial is well on it’s way to becoming the next big thing!

Today, I am sharing with you how I made our awesome Vintage Insulator Pendant Lights! This project all started with hours of browsing Pinterest.  If you take a scroll through my Day Dreaming Home Pinterest Board you’ll notice tons of drool worthy bedroom that all have one thing in common.  They all have these amazing pendant light hanging over the nightstands!  Obviously this was something we NEEDED! Okay, maybe we didn’t need it, but I really wanted some!  Unfortunately for me our bedroom was not wired for pendant lights.  And to add insult to injury there was not enough space to mount pendant lights on the wall between our bed and the windows.  And since we rent our house, putting in wiring for pendant lights is pretty much out.

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At first I was thinking of making pendant lights with antique pulleys.  I love the look of the pulleys but I ultimately moved away from this idea.  They are over used in DIY lighting, plus they’re super heavy and expensive.  Then one day while out shopping with a friend I came across the two awesome vintage insulators.  They already had the screws on the back and they function similarly to the pulley.  I knew they would be perfect for my lighting project!

Lucky for me, my In-laws were visiting while I was taking on this project.  So I explained my idea to my extremely handy Father In-Law.  He Loved it, so off we went to Lowes to find supplies.  After walking around Lowes for an extended period of time we came up with the perfect plan for my new Vintage Electric Insulator Pendant Lights.

project recipe

  • Vintage Ceramic Electric Insulator (2)
  • Portfolio Vintage Style Mini Pendant Fitter (Light Kit) (2)
  • Metal Hammered Pendant Shade (2)
  • Vintage Style Edison Bulbs (2)
  • Two Prong Plug (2)
  • Rope Cleat (2)
  • Wrench
  • Wire strippers/cutters
  • Small standard screwdriver
  • Drill

Assembling the Light Fixture

Before I could make my new Vintage Electric Insulator Pendant Lights I had to disassemble the existing pendant lights.   To do this I simply unscrewed the nut from the back of canopy and pulled the wires through.

Next I had to remove the small bolt fixture from the cord.  I did this by using my small standard screwdriver to loosen the screw from the side of the bolt. Once this was loose I simply pulled the bolt off of the cord.

Then I threaded the freed cord through my Vintage Electric Insulator. It is important to do this before adding the plug.

Before the plug can be added it must be disassembled.  To disassemble the plug remove the two small screws on the face of the plug. Once the are removed gently pull on the prongs to seperate them from the base of the plug.

After removing the base of the plug I slid it on to the cord.  Then I trimmed some of the rubber insulation from the wires leaving about than 3/4 inch of exposed wire to work with.  Once the excess insulation was removed I twisted each of the wires separately to keep the cluster of wires securely together.  Next I loosened the screws on either side of the prongs and bent the wires around them attaching the black wire to the gold screw and the white wire to the silver screw. Since I used a two pronged plug I trimmed the green ground wire down so it wasn’t in the way.  Finally slide the base of the plug back up to the prongs and secured it with the two screws.  Thats it!  Now my new pendant lights are ready to be hung!

Hanging My new Pendant Lights

To mount the pendant lights I simply put the screw of the electrical insulator through the center hole of the pendant canopy and then screwed them into predrilled holes over my night stands.

Finally I added a couple of rope cleats to the wall to help hold my pendant lights in place and keep any extra pressure off of the cord.

All in all the lights took about 30 minutes to assemble and hang.  Super fast, super easy, and they had a huge impact on the design and overall feel of my space.  I want to give a special shout out to my Father In-Law who was so meticulous about making sure my new lights were hung perfectly.  Thank you!

Now I love going into my bedroom and turning on the light!  My new Vintage Electric Insulator Pendant lights are the perfect blend of modern comfort with vintage charm.  I’ve never seen anything quite like them plus they compliment to my new Romantic Industrial Master Bedroom perfectly.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by and check out my pendant lights.  I always love hearing what you have to say, so don’t forget to leave a comment below!

Until next time!

Shop my styleDon’t have any vintage insulators?  That’s okay!  I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pendant lights that have a similar look and feel as mine.

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28 thoughts on “Vintage Insulator Pendant Lights

    1. Hahaha! Not even kind of Sharilee! I wish! I can do these simple kind of projects. The difficult ones definitely require a very expensive pro!


  1. Love this look! I have already fallen in love with your faux brick accent wall and these pendant lights are amazing.

  2. So, I’m probably just going to go ahead and copy this whole room. I already ordered the brick stencil and these lights are perfect! And I love how they are off the table. Yep, I’m copying you. Beautiful work!

    1. What a huge compliment! Thank you April! I hope you’ll keep me posted on the progress! I can’t wait to see it!


    1. Aww thanks Marie! I really appreciate it! I think they are totally unique from anything else I’ve seen out there!

  3. These lights look amazing Cat!! I’ll have to save this tutorial for my husband’s "to-do" list, lol. I LOVE how it turned out 🙂

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