In this beginner lamp making class, I'm going to demystify working with electricity and teach you how to make your own custom lamps!
You'll learn about basic lamp parts and how to wire them together safely. Then I'll show you how to turn found, or easily purchased, items into stylish lamp bases and shades. Making great lighting doesn't have to be expensive or a workshop challenge. You don't have to have any prior electrical experience – just a few hand tools and a desire to light up your life in your own unique way!
As you go through the lessons, you’ll receive one-on-one help from me if you need it and have the opportunity to share photos of your creations with the class community.
In this class I'll also be covering best practices for choosing lamp shades and selling your homemade lamps.
Once you’ve completed the lessons, you'll have all the skills, tools, and confidence necessary to design and build almost any kind of standard socket lamp!
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Lesson 2: Lamp Part & Wiring Intro
Here you'll learn about part safety certification, available lamp cords and which to use when, how to tell the difference between Hot and Neutral wires - and why it matters.
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Lesson 3: Wiring Sockets
In this lesson, we'll learn all about sockets and break open the tool box to practice wiring them safely.
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Lesson 4: Wiring Plugs
This lesson covers the two plugs we'll be using, why buying polarized plugs is important, and how to wire them to our practice cord sets.
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Lesson 5: Wiring Line Switches
In this lesson, you guessed it, we're going to talk line switches, when and where to use them, and then wire them on to put the finishing touch on our practice cord sets.
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Lesson 6: Testing Your Connections
No, this isn't about challenging your friend's loyalty, it's about using simple tools to test and make sure that all your wires are connected to the right terminals before plugging in.
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Lesson 7: Pendant Lamps
Pendants are the most versatile of all portable lamps. They can go anywhere! This lesson explores 3 different styles and shows you how to make your own shades. Pick your favorite one to make!
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Lesson 8: Table Lamps
The characteristics of a table lamp's base determines how it gets wired: Flat bottom? Drill-able walls? Hollow? This lesson covers 4 different styles & how to electrify them. Make your favorite one!
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Lesson 9: Lampshades: Support Hardware & How to Choose Them
This lesson will go over the different kinds of shade support hardware (harps, bulb clips, etc.) and throw down some helpful hints for choosing the best shades to go with your lamps. It also includes resources for how to sell homemade lamps.
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Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!