Sunday, October 19, 2014

Glass-Bottle Garden Lighting

When it comes to homemaking (among other things), my hands-down hero is my mother. She can do everything, and she does everything well. So while some women are saying they don't want to turn into their mothers, I'm saying there's no one else I'd rather be like.

Recently she came across the idea of using old bottles as accessories for garden lighting. Of course, it turned out looking fabulous.

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She placed it in strategic parts of the garden, so it looks like accent lighting, soft to the eyes.

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The glass scatters the light very well and can illuminate even the darkest night. Mom used 1-watt and 3-watt LED bulbs for her setup, which are expensive per piece but cost-effective in the long run.

She installed these just in time for Christmas, so no more spending for Christmas lights that have to be replaced every year.

Some tips if you want to work on the same glass bottle lighting installation:

1) Don't attempt to cut the glass yourself if you don't have the tools for it. There are people who do this for a decent price, and they sand the bottles too so you won't have to.

2) Some bottles break in the process of cutting, so it is best to have more than you think you need.

3) Use bulbs in 1 to 3 watts to save on energy.

4) Don't use bottles that are too narrow since the lighting mechanism might not fit inside them.

5) Unless you're an electrician, get a professional to work on the lighting setup for you. A lot of accident can be avoided this way.

6) Before you do anything, make sure you know where the power source to which this lighting setup will be connected is located.

7) Conceal the wires as much as you can.

I intend to do the same project on my tree at home. Watch out for pictures when I finally get to it!