/DIY Pendant lighting kit – great for updating old plastic light fittings

DIY Pendant lighting kit - great for updating old plastic light fittings

My DIY pendant lighting kit is an easy way to update your ugly old white plastic light fittings to metal components in your choice of finish and fabric flex colour. This kit includes a ceiling rose and is specifically for updating old pendant lights & wiring into the mains in your ceiling.  (Also works with a jam jar as a lamp shade.)

DIY kit comes with all pendant lighting components needed including;

  • LED vintage style light squirrel cage bulb
  • Quality metal lamp holder – in your choice of finish
  • 1 meter of fabric three core flex in your choice of colour (add extra with the drop down menu)
  • Ceiling rose in colour to match your lampholder.
  • Flex grips in colour to match your rose & lampholder
  • Two rings to attach the lampshade of your choice
  • All fittings are 3 core and manufactured to British Safety standard BS163
  • Step by step instructions download – use on any electronic device & scroll as you create.

Before working on mains electricity YOU MUST turn off the mains electricity, there is a high risk of serious electric shock if you do not.

The Salvage Sister accepts no responsibility for improper use of any of our products.

A super easy-to-use kit of lighting parts that have been tried, tested and specially sourced for you – so you can concentrate on making beautiful lighting, safe in the knowledge that the Salvage Sister has done all the leg work to find you British Safety standard parts that all work perfectly together. If you’ve ever tried making a pendant light before you will know how incredibly frustrating it is to find that half your parts don’t work with the other parts, or you have muddled up 2 and 3 core wires, or the threads don’t match!

So here it is – the answer you’ve been waiting for at a really decent price. Use this kit to update your old plastic ceiling rose and light fitting to create beautiful feature lighting on your ceiling or wall.  This kit also has everything you need to add a standard mouth preserve jar as a lampshade over your lightbulb to make a fantastic pendant jam jar light.

Check out the images to see some of the lighting updated with this kit and find samples from the instructions.

Full instructions are provided with detailed imagery of the step by step process to guide you seamlessly through this exciting build – download the instructions on purchase, the lamp kit will be with you in a few days.

If you are unsure of working with mains electricity you can follow the steps for wiring your lamp-holder and find a qualified electrician to wire your light into the mains, it is worth changing them all at once if you do this to make it economically viable to hire an electrician.

Everything is explained in full in the instructions, which wires come from your ceiling, what the markings & colours on wires & fittings mean, & several examples of different wiring set ups that you may have in your property.

I do not advice fitting this kit yourself if you have sight or mobility issues, the reason for this is you will need to be able to safely climb a step ladder and stand on it whilst you wire in the mains end of the rose.

If you are looking for a lamp kit with a plug and switch please see below – this kit is for wiring into the mains electricity, it does not include a plug or switch although does come with a ceiling rose & attachments.

I offer a range of lamp making kits including my ‘jam jar lamp kit‘ ‘Bottle lamp kit‘ and my ‘Turn anything into a lamp’ kit, we only use my DIY kits at my lamp making workshops, I have helped hundreds of people create awe inspiring lamps – just add your own unique item to make a fabulous one of a kind lamp.

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After being asked repeatedly over the years how to make various upcycled lamps safely I decided I had to source all the parts you need to make awesome lamps and create a instruction manuals because there were too many people to help and only one of me!

Technical specification

All parts are made to British Standard and are made with 3 cores- Live, Neutral and Earth for UK mains electricity – meaning they are earthed. Earthing a lamp is crucial when using metal lamp holders & lighting products.

Before working on mains electricity YOU MUST turn off the mains electricity. Never take chances with high voltage, there is a risk of serious electric shock if you do not turn off the electricity. Never attempt electrical work without first stopping the electrical supply. If you are unsure of working with mains electricity you must get a qualified electrician to fit your pendant lamp to the ceiling once you have wired the components.

The Salvage Sister accepts no responsibility for improper use of parts or any accident or injury resulting from the use of our kits – it is your responsibility to make sure you are using the parts correctly.

When you purchase your pendant kit you will also receive a downloadable step by step guide detailing what you need to know to make amazing pendant lighting yourself at home.  The downloads are designed to save paper and should be used on any tablet, making it easy to scroll through the directions at your own pace as you build your lamp. Kits are designed to be used by adults, anyone under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult, when wiring components. Never let a minor work with mains electricity whether supervised or not. Small parts must be kept out of reach of small children – they are a potential choking hazard.

Tools are not included – you will need a set of small screwdrivers, Stanley blade, wire strippers & electrical tape. All of these items can be sourced economically from your local DIY store & used over & over again.


Download is available immediately upon full payment, lamp kit will usually arrive in 2-5 days depending upon post service, outside mainland UK & at busy times of the year please allow a week.

Postage of this item to mainland UK is £2.99 

Shipping is calculated at checkout – discounts automatically calculated for multiple purchases. I ship to The USA, Australia, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland and British Highlands and Islands – if your location is not listed please contact me and I will add it for you.

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Add fabric flex here by the meter, you will receive all your fabric flex in one continuous length. My lamp kits come with 2 meters of fabric flex included. My pendant kits come with 1 meter of fabric flex included – if you need more add it here.

Add a flex grip to your order – please select the colour and quantity you require. Flex grips are designed to hold lighting flex so there is no pressure put on the internal wiring components of your lampholder or ceiling rose when creating lighting which will hang rather than sit. If you ordered a pendant light kit or jam jar lamp kit you will have a flex grip included, if you ordered my ‘Turn Anything into a Lamp’ kit or ‘Bottle Lamp kit’ that come with a plug and switch and you want to hang your lamp in someway you should add a flex grip here. Flex grips are supplied with a 10mm long M10 hollow threaded rod to attach it to your lampholder.

This hollow threaded rod is made to attach to the m10 thread on our lamp holders. Because it’s hollow it means you can pass your lighting flex through it to secure to your lampholder. Sold in 120mm (12cm) lengths, if you add more than one I will supply in one continuous length – ie: order a quantity of 5 you will receive 600mm (60cm) in one length. My lamp kits usually come with a piece of hollow threaded rod, length is dependant on the kit, please check this in the listing & order more here if you require it.

Lampholder rings – to secure lampshades or similar to our lampholders. Choose the colour you require below.

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