Published on February 4th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Triple MELODI feather shade

Materials: Melodi lamp

Description: It is quite simple hack transforming dull Melodi lamp into large and unique triple shade.

The goal was to keep it cheap. For this reason Melodi was great (cost around 4 Euro per piece. After hack it looks more $ophi$ticated :)

You will need:

- 3 x MELODI lamps
- about 200-250 gams of feather (I bought mine in online store with florist and wedding accesories. Cost about 8 Euro)
- bottle of transparent universal glue
- some thin steel line (length dependant on hanging height)
- few electric connectors (some to be extracted from plastic insulator)
- basic hand tools, small drill ~3mm


Hope that my drawings will help.

First drill small holes (~3mm) in tops of all shades. Now you can glue feathers to them (that is the boring part). When glue is drying you can make all electric connections. First cut all 3 ledas about 15 cm from bulb socket. remove insulation and connect all 3 to double electric connector. To its other side connect cable that goes to ceiling. Insulate the connection with tape. Ceiling cable should be long enough to stay loose when lamp is hanging. After lamp is assembled you will be able to hide cable conection between 3 shades.

Now fixing system. cut 3 pieces of steel line about 10 cm long and fix extracted cable connector on one end. Then pull them through small holes in the shades. Connect all three with another connector and pull them tight. Now main rope. Pull it through ceiling cover and make 2 loops to fix it to ceiling hook and triple shade. Remember about another connetot on yhis line to fix ceiling cover in place (it will not be stable on cable, because it has to stay loose.

Now you can put everything together, hide the electric connection inside triple shade and install the lamp. Important – it must be hanging on steel line only. Cable has to stay loose!

See more photos of the Feather lamp.

~ kedzil, Poland

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Jules Yap

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6 Responses to Triple MELODI feather shade

  1. kedzil says:

    In case of security – it is not more dangerous than any “legal” paper shade that you can buy anywhere if you have the knowledge about electricity and electrical connections, and you make it properly. It is the same type of connection that is used to mout lamp to cables in ceiling.

    As for feathers – they do not become hot at all with 3 x 10W tubes. Their operation temperature is much under 100′C deg. Also the current in cables is not capable to make anything hot or even warm.

    What about cleaning – we’ll see. Fortunately there’s no smokers around :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    nice lamp!

    how can be plastics feathers on the outer plastics surface of the shade in any way dangerous?

    the only concern is about the quality of the electrical connections, but with a minimum common sense it is all OK :-)

  3. jo says:

    i only hope there’s no smokers in this house….or the feather will become first yellowish than grayish, than even more black and i think you’ve not thought about the cleaning…it’s not my type, but, as you said, look g£amourou$ and $ophi$ticat€d!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I dont like this security panic coming up at so many posts. In this case i think that’s actually quite safe. In the description it is made very clear, that the weight of the lamp has to be supported by steel line. In Europe you have to use energy saving lights that don’t become hot at all.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wow these hacks are getting more and more unsafe. Why don’t we just pour gasoline on the lamp? It’s much quicker that way…

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