I like to think that this blog is family-friendly. But today, I need to have an adults-only convo with you all. So hide your screen and get ready…this blog’s gonna get a little R-rated.
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Why the R-rating? Because you’re flaunting a rack on your roof, friend. Yup. You may have thought that cheapo semi-flushmount light above your head was just an eyesore. But it’s much worse than that, pal. That right there is a boob light.
Snicker all you want. I said it, and I’ll say it again. You’ve got a ceiling cleavage problem. And friends don’t let friends flaunt fun bags in their family rooms. Luckily, we’ve got another plan to knock those ceiling knockers outta your place in less than 5-minutes. And YES, I said ANOTHER plan.
We’ve driven down this headlight hiding highway before. TO SEE THE ORIGINAL 5-MINUTE BOOB LIGHT HACK POST, >>>HEAD HERE.<<<
Here’s a quick (and a little bit dirty) video on the quick and easy process:
Supplies needed for DIY ceiling light shades:
- nylon cable ties
- metal lantern with at least one open end* (here’s the source for ours, but is currently out of stock), here are some other similar options I found:
- white metal moroccan-style lantern with removable finial
- white ceramic punched lantern
- “two’s company” brand punched white lanterns (this brand appears to make several promising versions of these lanterns)
- aberdare punched lantern in white and gray (these may be too large)
- bronze lanterns
- scissors or linesman pliers (if you wanna be fancy about it 😉)
* keep in mind, the ideal candidate for your metal lantern or shade is that the opening on one end will be roughly the same diameter, or a bit larger than your boob light (the metal frame, not the glass shade). If the diameter of your shade is smaller than the fixture, you’ll be able to see some of the “guts” of the boob light when you look at the light from below.
Also, more light will be thrown from your shade if it’s open on BOTH the top and bottom, and if the punches in the lantern are larger. Smaller punches/closed bottom = less light given off by the shade. Just keep these factors in mind as you select a new shade.
How to hang your ceiling light shades:
*the video above will show you everything you how this is done in about 1 min 30 seconds.
1). Remove glass shade from your boob light.
This is typically accomplished by simply unscrewing several screws in the frame of the fixture.
2.) Affix new ceiling light shades loosely with zip ties.
You’ll need to place the nylon tie through both your shade as well as a screw hole in the existing ceiling fixture (the holes where you just removed the old glass shade). Close, but DO NOT tighten the zip tie (yet).
Continue around the shade in this manner, loosely securing shade through all screw holes with a zip tie.
Once all your zip ties are placed, you’ll want to level your new shade. Do this carefully. If you tighten too much, you’ll have too snip your zip tie(s) and insert a new tie. Not a huge deal, but will take a little more time. Incrementally tighten your ties until the new shade is hanging as desired.
Once you’re happy with the way your new shade is hanging, simply snip the excess nylon from the ends of each zip tie with your scissors or linesman pliers.
This project is PERFECT for renters, since you won’t be harming the original ceiling light. Just stash that old headlight (ie glass shade) somewhere for safe-keeping. When you move out, replace the boob before you go. No harm, no foul. No living with a wet t-shirt contest in your living room while you’re in your apartment. I’d call that a win.
PLUS, you can switch out shades when you get bored or tired of one style easily. We have used both a drum shade,
and a capiz shade in the past, and loved the look of both!