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Recycled Light and Lamps: 20 Bright Ideas

Using recycled light and lamps is one great way to contribute in saving our planet. Recycling the things that we should have thrown otherwise, can lessen the amount of solid wastes, which stay in the landfills for years. Take a look at this collection of chandeliers and lamps made of recycled materials. They look awesome and artistic and can in fact make your interiors interesting. Just looking at these photos will sure make you realize that there can be wonderful things that we can be built from what we throw away. With the holidays season only a few months away, these recycled light and lamps can also be excellent (not to mention unique) gifts. Some of the recycled light and lamps included in this post can also be made at home do-it-yourself (D-I-Y) style!

01- Helios: Lamp made from recycled zip ties
We all buy a large number of gadgets and appliances for our homes each year and throw away all the packaging material that ends up clogging the landfills and polluting the ecosystem. Avid DIYers have always found many of those materials interesting for their new projects. Designer Charles Parsons has a similar mindset and has designed a stunning piece of art from zip ties. In this project, the designer used more than a thousand zip ties to design a lamp he calls the Helios. The Helios lamp is 24 inches long and 15 inches in diameter and is made from acrylic rings and 1200 zip ties that are held together by stainless nuts and washers.

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02- Recycled Milk Bottle lamp by Droog Design
The “Milkbottle Lamp” is a cluster of 12 old-fashioned milk bottles. The bottles are sandblasted and have a chrome top. The milk bottles hang on long cables, 12 at a time – three rows each of four bottles, just like the Dutch milk crate in the old days. The lamp costs $1691 at Nova68.

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03- Epson ink cartridge lamps
This recycled light is made up of empty Epson boxes. This light is perfect if you want to show off your (geeky) sense of decorating style. The lamp can be purchased at a very low price of $35.  But if you want to make one yourself using the hundreds of empty ink cartridges that might be lying under your table, then go ahead and make one.

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04- Lamp created from discarded drinking straws.
We all love to spend our summers sipping chilled drinks and never actually bother about the hundreds of drinking straws we discard each season to keep ourselves cool. Designer Scott Jarvie knows the fact that plastic-made straws end up polluting the landfills and water reserves and are as great a threat to the ecosystem as plastic water bottles, so he created this beautiful lamp from otherwise discarded drinking straws.

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05 – Sticking screws together
Recycling junked objects for something new always results in a product that’s unique to the core and one-of-a-kind. Creating inimitable products is usually the driving force for most eco-minded artists when they start a new endeavor without knowing the exact outcome. Eco artist Georgi Porgy has mastered the art by crafting exceptional pieces of art from objects no one ever bothers to look at. The artist has crafted a stunning lamp from thousands of brown screws that are just right as a retro makeover for your wall and provide a dimly lit environment to make your room a bit more romantic perfect for a nighttime party.

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06 – Recycled Globe Chandelier
This gorgeous glowing globe chandelier by Benoît Vieubled will surely add an out-of-this-world ambiance to any room. The recycled light is made of 15 desk globes outfitted with lights and suspended from the ceiling’s firmament.

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07 – What Watt: Chandelier Made of Old Incandescent Bulbs
If you have plenty of used light bulbs lying around, then assembling them into one piece of art such as this recycled light from Tim Fishlock is a great way to re-use them.

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08 -CAPtivate: Lamp made from plastic bottle caps
This is an ambient light made from plastic bottle tops and caps. Different bottle caps can be collected to change the light’s colour and pattern.Each light comes with approximately 50 caps but to cover the light completely more bottle tops must be collected.

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09 – Light Reading: Chandelier from Wasted Books
There is currently no infrastructure set up to recycle the paper from books because the paper is low grade and the glue on the spine must be removed. These wasted books are used to create an attractive chandelier.

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10- Spectacle-Chandelier made of Prescription Spectacles
This recycled light is created from 1020 pairs of prescription spectacles which are linked together to resemble a traditional tiered chandelier. A mirror ball light effect is produced as the light is refracted through the several layers of lenses.

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11- Party Pooper Chandelier
This recycled light by Stuart Haygarth is made of up to 1000 exploded party poppers. Each popper is individually hung, and apparently create quite the organic swarm when hit by wind or anything.

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12 -Volivik lamp
This recycled light is comprised of a gazillion ballpoint pens in the form of a classic crystal chandelier.

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13 – Plastic Bottle Chandelier
Designed by Michelle Brand, this 100% recycled light is composed entirely of cut-off bottle bases.

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14 – Chandelier Created from Recycled Coffee Stirrers
This 22” x 16” chandelier by Studio Verissimo of Portugal looks like an expensive Lucite fixture. Don’t be deceived because it is actually made up of recycled plastic coffee stir sticks.

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15 – Ping-pong Lamp (made of Table Tennis Balls)
Designed and handmade in Holland, this Ping-pong lamp is made  of 315 standard 40 mm celluloid table tennis balls. Due to its shape, this lamp projects a playful dot patterned shadow on its surroundings.

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16 – Tide Chandelier
Here is another recycled lighting idea from Stuart Haygarth. Called the Tide Chandelier, this recycled light is made of the debris he found washed up along a specific stretch of Kent coastline.

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17 – Happy Hour
The hanging lamp, based on an award-winning prototype by the Rhode Island School of Design, features cocktail umbrellas sprayed in a protective lacquer and finished with a fire retardant spray.

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18 – CD Jewel case chandelier
Instead of throwing your CD Jewel cases, you can actually put them into good use by creating a chandelier. Not only does it look pretty you have also contributed in saving our planet in your own little way.

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19 -Bottle Chandelier
Old plastic bottles, galvanized poultry wire, bike rims and zip ties were assembled to create this lovely recycled light.

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20Khrysalis Light Sculpture
This recycled lights have an organic quality with a mystical illumination. Each comes with an 11-1/2″ long x 7/8″ diameter 40 watt frosted tubular incandescent showcase bulb.

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