Light it Up–Modern Bedside Pendant Lights

When people ask me what’s my “style” I have no idea how to even respond.  I just know that I like something when I see it.  Is that a style type?  I’m more of a “I-just-like-what-I-like-when-I-like-it” kind of person.  But, I don’t see that going well during an interview with a design magazine.  Good thing I’ll never have to worry about that happening, right? HA…how depressing.


I’m sorry…back on topic.  So, as we are working on the South Wing Project (if you remember) to redo the south side of our home–which includes the master bedroom, bathroom, and now closet (due to the chaos that occurred during the bathroom remodel), I’m really trying to be myself and figure out my own “style.”  When it came time to choose bedside lighting after I built us new nightstands a few months ago, I knew I wanted something different.  Standard lamps were not doing it for me…unless I was willing to pay the big bucks…and I wasn’t.


I had seen people do pendant lights beside the bed, but I knew I wasn’t going to talk Danny into agreeing to hang two new lights from the ceiling.  Plus, we still haven’t decided where we want to permanently place the bed.  But, I was stuck on pendant lights.  I had to have them.  And they had to be easily moved if we decided to move the bed.


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Luckily, I found these pendant lights that plug into an outlet and you can hang them however you want. (WIN!)


There are a thousand good ideas on how to hang these on Pinterest, but I went super plain because I wanted the focus to be on the light, not what it was hanging on.


I used:

1×2 wood scraps

(2) 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws

(2) Plug in pendant lights

(2) LED Edison light bulbs

Miter saw

Kreg Jig



I cut two 1×2 scraps about 7″ long and drilled pocket holes using my Kreg Jig into one end of each piece.  Then I found a stud in the wall and used a 2 1/2″ pocket hole screw to screw the 1×2 into the stud.


Then, I wrapped the cord of my pendant around the wood a couple times.


Then, I screwed the LED Edison Bulbs in.  By the way, I LOVE these bulbs.  I looked all over for big clear LED Edison bulb and these were the cheapest I found for this particular size and style.  They are nice looking and really bright, too.


And that’s it.  Easy peasy.  I think we may be moving the bed against another wall, and when we do, I may paint these wood pieces.  Or not.  Who knows.


By the way, have you guys noticed that I use that same red vase in like all my pictures?  It’s my favorite 🙂 It doesn’t have a home…it just moves all over the house and stays a while then moves again.  I wish I had a hundred of them, but I got it at Kirkland’s and they don’t sell them anymore.  Sad day.


In other news, don’t you love the contrast and how the black lights stand out against the light wall?







I know this was a super simple little project, but I wanted to share.  Several people saw them on my home tour on Hometalk Live a few weeks ago and loved them.  Hopefully you do too.  Or you could be like my mom and think they are weird…it’s cool.  To each his own : )  If you did happen to love them, be sure to Pin for later!


Keep your eyes out for more projects to come.  I’ve got several in the pipeline and they’ll be coming at you soon!


Until then, happy building!

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