Clusterlamp from YLighting


I’ve always kind of wanted to try my hand at a big DIY socket lamp chandelier. The branching network of mixed bulbs manages to look both industrial and unique, thanks to its hardware store makeup and the creative license of the individual, and results in an eye-catching focal point for any room. The instructions we’ve seen make it sound as easy as pie to assemble, requiring little more than the patience needed to screw all those extenders in together. Little skill necessary and a big payoff? Sounds like a DIYer’s dream.


So why have I never made one? Well, the heaping hunk of boring beige plastic the extenders make is less than enchanting, but more to the point, something tells me messing with electricity isn’t exactly as easy as those instructions let on. Until I get my electrician’s certification I don’t see myself going for the record of most bulbs lit from a single socket. And what’s the wattage of that thing anyway? I’m trying to light my dining room, not power the local laundromat.

That’s why I love the new Clusterlamp from Moooi. Its simple design, understated in pure white and with only five sockets, makes it just right for the home. The sockets allow for different sizes of bulbs too, so the number of lighting combinations is endless, but at maximum capacity it will only use 235 watts.

The Clusterlamp is available from YLighting for $320. I’m not positive, but I think that’s less than fixing a blown-out power grid. If you’re feeling adventurous though, find the DIY instructions at Apartment Therapy.

Images: Apartment Therapy; YLighting

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