Mason jars are traditionally used for canning and storage. But did you know that more recently, they’re becoming more popular for home lighting fixtures too?Over the last few years, people all over are using these versatile jars for everything from candleholders to chandeliers.
We’ve even started making rustic light fixtures for our store using these jars too. People love them because of the woodsy look and feel. Mounted on slabs of real tree bark, they’re perfect for cabins or for homes with country decor.
Different Types of Mason Jar Light Fixtures
There are all types of lighting ideas, like creating “designer” jars with strings of lights stuffed inside. These make great nightlights for kids’ rooms or a source of ambient light for any room in the house.
One of the most popular types of lighting is a simple candle inside a jar. You can buy jars with candles already in them, and once you burn down the candle, replace it or clean out the jar and use it for a different source of lighting.
More decorative types of popular light fixtures are chandeliers. Chandeliers are ceiling-mounted and people are creating their own decorative designs to hang mason jars from the fixture with the light bulbs inside.
You can make your own using new or used restoration hardware, like vintage chandelier fixtures and lighting kits. As long as the chandelier arms spread far apart enough, you can retrofit an existing chandelier to mount the jar lid to the fixture and screw the jar onto it.
Outdoor lighting using canning jars is good for the warmer climates or warmer seasons because these jars may shatter in the cold weather. But for a cooler spring or summer evening outdoors, you can use them with citronella oil and a floating candle for outdoor lighting that will also keep the bugs away.
If you live in the south, you can make designer lights for your patio or porch lights too. You can mount the jars on the existing porch light fixture or create your own.
Where to Get Lighting Kits
You can buy lighting kits online that are designed just for turning canning jars into lights. Depending on the type of light or lamp you’re planning on making, you can get lamp kits to convert just about anything to use with a mason jar.
For instance, you can buy a kit to make an oil lamp or a zinc canning jar lamp kit that will help you convert ordinary lighting fixtures into a decorative piece that will also add some awesomeness to your home decorating.
More Mason Jar Lighting Ideas
If you do a search online and go through the images, you can get a lot more ideas. Some of the pictures can even help you come up with your own designs and creations.
For example, another popular idea is to convert the lighting over your bathroom or kitchen sink to use with mason jars. It also makes a nice impression on your guests.