20 Unique Repurposed Lighting Fixtures

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Lighting fixture repurposed from wine glasses
Lighting fixture repurposed from wine glasses (garrisonhullinger)

It’s all about recycling, upcycling and repurposing in today’s decorative world, in an age when “what’s old is new again” is the mantra.  Let’s take a look at ways to upcycle ordinary objects into works of functional art.  Here are 20 unique repurposed lighting fixtures to add a statement piece to your home.

The kitchen is the perfect place to start for inspiration.  Everyday ordinary objects and utensils can be repurposed into unique lighting fixtures.  Before you throw out those old mismatched flatware pieces or broken china, consider these options for turning them into something original for your home.  Instead of simply throwing bottles into the recycling bin, consider other uses for them, like a one-of-a-kind chandelier.

Repurposed light fixture from spoons
Repurposed light fixture from spoons (lushome)
Repurposed colanders as light fixtures
Repurposed colanders as light fixtures (ecarlateblush)
Mason jars are repurposed into a charming chandelier
Mason jars are repurposed into a charming chandelier (ccdesigntech)
Smashed pottery repurposed into a unique light fixture
Smashed pottery repurposed into a unique light fixture (awesomeinventions)
A wire crate repurposed into a light fixture
A wire crate repurposed into a light fixture (shadesoflight)
Bottles transformed into a repurposed light fixture
Bottles transformed into a repurposed light fixture (Pinterest)
Corks repurposed into a light fixture
Corks repurposed into a light fixture (decoist)
Crystal decanters make stunning repurposed light fixtures
Crystal decanters make stunning repurposed light fixtures (Pendants by Lee Broom)
Old crate paired with Edison bulbs in this repurposed light fixture
Old crate paired with Edison bulbs in this repurposed light fixture (blog.paulmichaelcompany)

Items you have around the house or those that you can pick up in bulk at the flea market may appear to be random objects, but when combined for a unique purpose, are transformed.  Scour the attic, the storage shed and the garage to imagine new ideas for old items.

Plastic crates repurposed into a colorful light fixture
Plastic crates repurposed into a colorful light fixture (dwellwithdignity.org)
Musical instruments repurposed into unique light fixture
Musical instruments repurposed into unique light fixture (lushome)
Old fan repurposed into a light fixture
Old fan repurposed into a light fixture (ccdesigntech)
Lock plates repurposed to make a unique lighting fixture
Lock plates repurposed to make a unique lighting fixture (oldgloryantiques.blogspot)
Gramophones used to create light fixtures
Gramophones used to create light fixtures (inhabitat)
Shoe molds repurposed into a dazzle light fixture
Shoe molds repurposed into a dazzle light fixture (uniquejunktique)

Sporting equipment and bicycles are great tools for repurposing.  Unused or retired pieces of equipment can be easily mounted and wired to become sources of unique light.  Bicycle parts can be repurposed into steampunk lighting creations for the modern home.

Snow skis repurposed into a light fixture
Snow skis repurposed into a light fixture (parkerhouse-designs)
Bicycle wheel repurposed into a modern light fixture
Bicycle wheel repurposed into a modern light fixture (hometalk)
Bicycle gears repurposed to make a unique lighting fixture
Bicycle gears repurposed to make a unique lighting fixture (boredpanda)

Old auto parts and farming equipment give a rustic edge to interior lighting that look great in industrial style homes.  Before you send those old parts taking up space in the garage or hanging around in the barn to the scrap yard, consider repurposing them into a brilliant light fixture for your home.

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Cast iron flywheel repurposed as a lighting fixture
Cast iron flywheel repurposed as a lighting fixture (Pinterest)
Springs and rims repurposed into light fixtures
Springs and rims repurposed into light fixtures (flickr)

There is much to be said about repurposing.  It saves resources and money, and the end result is one-of-a-kind pieces.  If you don’t wish to create them yourself, hire a lamp shop to create something for you or sell your scrap at flea markets or consignment shops for others to use.  This way, you are doing something good for the environment while clearing your space and giving others a chance to create something unique.

 

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