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Off the Grid: DIY LED Light Fixture

By it all started with paint on Jul 17, 2012

I’m always amazed when I cross paths with stories about families who are living off the grid.



… and I’m not talking about the crazies hiding out in cabins in the middle of Montana conjuring up conspiracy theories or plotting some terrorist attack …




But those who have consciously made a commitment to reduce their carbon footprint.



That is one serious commitment.



I don’t even want to think about my very own size 7 and growing carbon footprint …



I mean, if it’s pouring rain … or subzero temperatures … or guitar day …


... is it all that terrible that I drive the kids to school?


 

A school that is just five-and-a-half  blocks away?  A pathetically short drive that takes the same amount of time to walk to ...



A pathetically short drive that reminds me of those ye olde tales from my grandparents of how they “walked 10 miles to school through a blizzard with no shoes …”



I can only hope that this super duper simple project can be my retribution …


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It’s my off the grid contribution …


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I took two grass cloth drum shades that I found hanging out in the basement …


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And I tied some twine to the the metal thingies inside and looped it over …


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And clipped a clip-on battery-operated LED light that I found at Home Depot inside …


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And then hung them from two old planter hangers that were already hanging around on the porch …


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And there you have it …


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Some off-the-grid screen porch ambiance …


... providing some off-the-grid ambient lighting ...




…to make up for me driving the kids a pathetically short five-and-a-half blocks to school.


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You can see more of my screen porch by clicking  here ....



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