Turn a standard light fixture into a chandelier

A friend gave me a light fixture similiar to this. I have figured out I can turn the lamp arms upward, and I can take off the glass globes. I want to make it into a chandlier using those chandelier bulbs. However I need a idea on how to cover up the threading on each arm socket the bulb goes into, any ideas?
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  • Are you wanting to cover the socket itself? If I'm picturing this correctly, socket covers can be purchased that cover the socket. They can be cut with a hacksaw, if need be. If the socket covers won't fit, maybe cut strips of decorative punched aluminum and create some that can be spray painted to match. Hope this helps!

  • Lea Lea on Oct 13, 2013
    I just want to cover the threads, I was wondering if I could even get a 5 inch round pvc pipe and have it cut to cover the threads, and maybe even spray paint them to match the color of the ceiling fixture.

    • @Lea I think that would work, as well. If you paint PVC, make sure to clean it with TSP (a deglosser) or just plain vinegar. It helps the paint adhere better!

  • LandlightS LandlightS on Oct 14, 2013
    I think I understand that you want to cover the metal threaded part of the lamp socket. What is throwing me off is your comment about a 5" round pvc pipe. If you search on line or go to your local Ace Hardware you will find socket covers. They are available for the standard socket (medium base) or for a candelabra base socket. This is what they look like and you can easily cut with a household scissors. They are available to look like a dripping candle also. Good lighting, Gary

  • Lea Lea on Oct 16, 2013
    thank you everyone, I will post pictures and let you know how it turns out.

  • Leeann Berry Leeann Berry on Nov 11, 2014
    How did you turn the lights upside down?

  • Linda Linda on Dec 16, 2014
    I did this same thing... I turned my lights upside down. They were lose and went easily, just turned them around. But I need to make it look better, and I think this post is going to help.

  • Deborah Morey Deborah Morey on Oct 29, 2015
    I turned mine as well but instead of just removing the globes, I found some more delicate ones to use. I have also used it with the socket covers and some large clear lightbulbs, like the ones for a vanity only bigger ( appx. 6" tall & 3" dia) that I found at Walmart,