Bright Ideas: Incredibly Unique Lighting

Lighting doesn’t have to be limited to recessed cans, hand me down table lamps or fluorescent ceiling monstrosities. Your home is your castle, not some boring day job where you’re punching a clock, so snap out of the idea that your lighting is just supposed to make everything else look good – it can look good in and of itself. Here’s a bright idea – stop simply illuminating your space and start brightening your abode with these incredibly unique lighting options.

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Cassette Tape Lamp

We live in a world where our music has no physical form outside of a concert – the world of the mp3. But all that means is that there are plenty of cassette tapes lying around to be turned into art. Like this lamp which uses no less than 100 of the iconic pieces of plastic to surround a neon light source (prevents melting) and create a visually appealing light show out of something you probably thought you’d never see again.

Erlenmeyer Flask Lamp

Part science class, part MacGuyver execution, this lamp combines an Erlenmeyer chemistry flask and a vintage light socket in a way that will make it is perfect on your table as it would be on the set of Breaking Bad. If that’s not quite cool enough for you, it’s also filled with volcanic sand.

Kozo 20 Pipe Lamp

Like an as-of-yet unanimated part of a Pixar movie, the Kozo 20 desk lamp has a personality all its own. Equipped with padded feet and a perfectly balanced design, this little lamp that could shines a light on your work without eating all your desk space.

1940s Hollywood Studio Floor Lamp

Even though your career in movies is limited to the occasional film on weekends, that’s no reason you can’t play director more often with the help of this 1940s Hollywood Studio Floor Lamp. Seemingly wheeled right off the set, this solid cast aluminum lamp will look as good lighting your living room as it will your movie set.

Mason Jar Chandelier

They might not contain moonshine, but artificial daylight is a close second in terms of awesome when it comes to uses for a mason jar. And while one jar would certainly be cool, six of them strung together and turned into a dangling chandelier is downright awesome.

Motorcycle Lamp

For most of us, repurposing a vintage motorcycle means selling it on Craigslist on just buying a new one. Betsy salvages a spring, shock absorber, brake rotor and transmission gear from the scrap pile by welding them into a lamp that any table would be proud to hold.


Sometime in the future, robots will turn the tables on humanity and enslave their human masters. Until that happens, deck out your office, man cave or living room with a PVC robolamp that looks as docile as Fido or as mean as a mech from Robot Wars.

Wine Bottle Chandelier

One bottle of wine is never enough, and the empties don’t just have to get thrown in the blue bin out back. By Gordon cuts off the bottom and converts them into chandeliers that would be fitting to hang above Bourdain’s table – or yours.

Liquor Lamps

Like a choose your own adventure fuelled by booze, these custom made liquor lamps are all about choice. You pick your poison, light color and lamp shade and Among New Horizons does all the heavy lifting.

Push Lawnmower Lamp

You could pay someone else to mow your lawn, but then you wouldn’t get uninterruptable alone time masked by the sound of whirring blades and the smell of gasoline. Combine your love of all things vintage with your love of bladed instruments of progress with a lamp that combines a decrepit push mower blade and electrical components.

Dog Lamp

Man’s best friend is usually limited to warming your feet and making sure you get your daily exercise. With Matt Pugh’s wooden dog lamp, man’s best friend is also capable of lighting up a room with something other than his big goofy grin.

Harri Koskinen Cosy Lamp

Like an aquarium of light, the Harri Koskinen is translucent in its excellence. Combining a skeletonized lamp assembly with a frosted glass container, it’s next level design meets vintage tech.

Industrial Chandelier

Ominously hanging from the ceiling, this chandelier is part exposed spider and part Lego light. Start in the center with the ceiling mount and then hang the eight strands of 48″ braided wire as you see fit to create your perfect mix of light and shadow. Now you get to be the designer.

As part of Hyundai’s continuing “SNAP OUT” Sweepstakes (fine print here), Cool Material and Hyundai will be lighting up one life – and work space – with a free Kozo 20 desk lamp ($200 value). Leave a comment below about your favorite unique lighting from this list and you will be entered to win. We’ll choose a winner on 3/31. Good Luck!

Contest Closed! Congrats to Jeff


  • David

    I think the pipe lamp is my favorite.

  • Shiri

    Definitely the robolamp, `cause each part is so familiar but the total impression is like something that has never been seen before. And I just love it


    I love the hanging wine bottle design- could use any type of bottle. I’m a coke collector so I am envisioning coke bottles hanging.So where do I get the tools to cut the glass and the wiring directions for some of theses designs?

  • Tanner

    Love the motorcycle lamp.

  • Brett

    The Kozo 20 pipe lamp is sweet.

  • http://CoolMaterial Nancy

    I love ingenuity..and that dog lamp’s pretty funny:)

  • Rob4got

    I totally want the wine bottle Chandelier it is crazy awesome.

  • Josh

    As a college kid, how can you not love the liquor lamps? I may have some of those bottles lying around somewhere…

  • Jeremy

    I think the best one is the one being given away. Second prize goes to the wine bottle chandelier. Looks like something I might make.

  • Sandra

    Love the mason jar chandelier! Can see this in a country kitchen. They really all look great!

  • erin friedman

    THe studio floor lamp is charming.

  • Stephanie

    I love the mason jar chandelier


    The Kozo lamp is pretty awesome

  • Michael

    Any lamp made from recycled metal is a winner. The Hollywood floor lamp is great!

  • Bill

    Push Lawnmower Lamp. Upcycling at its best.

  • SalCal

    A lot of people are jumping on the Mason Jar rustic look. You have to love the handmade quality and its imperfections of all these works though.

  • Mike

    I love the Pipe Lamp. I think it would look great on my desk!!

  • BK

    So many wonderful choices. I love the liquor bottles. The wine bottle chandelier is awesome. The cassette tape light is screaming to have different color bulbs in it.

  • Jeff

    I’ve made Wine bottle glasses before but love the chandelier idea. I think I might do the Mason Jar lamp for the porch.

  • Chas Sinklier

    Yeah love the lawnmower-blade lamp but can’t afford the loss of fingers so it’s the pipe lamp as me fav – industrial and yet safer all around – bewdy ~:0)

  • Ashley

    The industrial chandelier is by far my favorite- I’ve always wanted to try something like that in my apartment! Maybe clustering all of them together over the dining room table.

  • Roya

    I’m definitely going to attempt the Industrial Chandelier, but have it crawl up my wall rather than across the ceiling.
    And if I can’t win the Kozo 20 desk lamp I’ll just have to hack one at Home Depot.

  • Cornwell

    would defiently have to be the kozo lamp. amazing.

  • Daniel

    I like the robo lamp feels like its gonna come to life and take over

  • marcy1293

    im digging the hollywood spot light lamp
    very very cool

  • Clinton Mukai

    That liquor lamp would make use of all my leftover liquor bottles i have laying around!

  • Jen

    The flask lamp is fascinating. I have a strong interest in science as art and love incorporating such in home decor. My apartment has a growing display with vintage science magazines, a human anatomy model, medical books and live plants growing along side. The flask lamp feels like home.

    The industrial touch of the 1940’s Hollywood Studio Floor Lamp and the Kozo Desk Lamp offer a far more interesting decor option for homes and offices than any standard light fixture. It would be wonderful to see a tutorial on creating a light fixture out of pipes like the Kozo. I’ve always wanted to create my own light fixtures but fear electrical or fire hazards, so buying one remains much more assuring.

    Thanks for the inspirations.

  • bryan

    love the kozo lamp

  • JDiaz

    The 1940s Hollywood Studio Floor Lamp is fresh! Vintage coolness to light up the room. Man, that thing is sweet!

  • don simmons

    Wow !!!
    Really COOL Lamps !!!
    What is MOST cool is most could be made at home!

  • Eric

    I like the mason jar chandelier!

  • Alan

    I love the Kozo, but the mason jar chandelier is something I may just have to try…

  • Abe

    I loved the Erlenmeyer Flask Lamp, mad old school.

  • GREG

    I love the wine bottle idea!
    That is great for ingenuity, and recycling!

  • Matt Thomas

    this makes me the most interesting man in the world? no… but it still looks cool

  • Joel D.

    I really love the cassette tape light. It is a functional work of art, plus it takes me back to the 80’s.

  • Josh V

    All these laps are cool where can I buy them or instructions to DIY……….

  • Rat Fink

    Love the studio floor lamp! It would look great in my music classroom. :-)

  • Rob

    I’ve got a box of huge bulbs that came out of a steel mill in Youngstown. This has given me a new push to build a lamp with them. Really dig the Push Lawnmower Lamp too.

  • Chad

    I’m stuck between the Kozo 20 lamp and the Liquor lamp…the Kozo looks like some sort of crazy animal but the Liquor lamp brings back so many good memories of college…how to choose.

    I choose the Kozo 20 as it is far more unique.

  • Trevefresh2

    Harri Koskinen Cosy Lamp is totes amazing

  • Joel

    Love the dog. Love the Kozo. The hollywood lamp looks cool but not very practical. I’d love to have them all, at least for a day.

  • fotini

    amazing lamp
    perfect job!!!

  • Bob

    I like the Motorcycle and Kozo lamps, they seem like ones you’ll want to keep for for years.

  • Erin

    I love the Hollywood and Kozo lamps!

  • Steve

    Nice beams!

  • Josh

    Kozo wins. Kozo wins.

  • Josh Gourdie

    Holy cow, the dog lamp. I’m always a sucker for puns. But seriously, the industrial chandelier? Haunting.

  • Benji

    At first, I thought the lawnmower lamp was scaffolding… how about making a scaffolding lamp?!

  • Robert Lortz

    I gotta say.. all of those lamps are completely dope… but i’m somewhat of a car fanatic/mechanic and the Kozo 20 desk lamp just SCREAMS Robert.. plus it would an awesome belated birthday gift because my birth was March 23rd!!! =]