powered by
String Light Shades - how many watts can they handle?
December 28, 2012
How do you determine the maximum wattage a string or paper shade can handle? I'm sure it has something to do with the size of the shade, so if there's a formula I can use, please let me know. I would love to be able to put 100 or 150 watts in one fixture, so what size shade do I need? See pictures for the type of shade I'm talking about. Thanks.

(note: I would make the string globe, so if you know of materials that can stand up to heat better, please let me know. The plan now is to use string or yarn, and wallpaper paste.
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Elyn's Library
I've seen these done using heavy twine and plaster of paris, up to about 10" to 12" in diameter - but they are still quite fragile. Although I have seen them larger, those usually are some sort of manufactured resin material. Probably recommend not much more that a 60W for a DIY project. A fixture like this is more about impact than task lighting.
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 10:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Get an energy efficient bulb to save on wattage and get more light output. 150 watts is a lot of light for any overhead fixture.
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 10:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Frank Webb's Bath and Lighting Center
I would definitely use a compact fluorescent bulb, they throw off less heat and opt for a warmer white color, not a daylight one (which are bluish) these lights are generally accent pieces and not meant to be the sole source of light in a room, paper is flammable, according to a website I was on www.paperlanternstore.com they say a 12" or larger shade can use only a 60 watt max bulb
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 5:48AM
Sign Up to comment
Related Discussions
How much lighting in the Great Room?
I've never done this kind of project before, and I'm...
Keep 'em or return them? Lighting Question
I just got two wall lamps from a major retailer via...
Almost done with master bath remodel... mirror and handle suggestions
At long last, our Hawaii bathroom is almost done. ...
How do I block a lighted sign from the view in my bedroom?
I have a dilemma I'm hoping you can help with. For...
Stephen Curry
How can I improve my kitchen. Should I remove cabinet doors?
Hi! I can really use some help. I am having a difficult...
lyn's home
More Discussions
What would you do with these shelves and this space?! Go crazy!
This is a beautiful 130 year old house. Redone but...
Nicole Gibson
queen headboard
how to make one
Lethicia Zuniga
Help I am desperate! Need help with living and dining room.
We recentely purchased a home that needed a lot of...
Kitchen remodel
We definitely need a kitchen remodel but idk where...
Bad interior paint job by a contractor
So about a month ago we had a contractor come and paint...
People viewed this after searching for:
The content on this page is provided by Houzz and is subject to the Houzz terms of use, copyright and privacy policy.
Copyright claims: contact the Houzz designated agent.