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Lamps Class


11 Lessons

6,175 Enrolled

Beginner Level

In this beginner lamp making class, we’ll demystify working with electricity and cover the basics of wiring, what tools you'll need, the different available lamp parts, and how to safely put all these together to make two interior lamps: one hanging pendant and one table lamp. You don't have to have any prior experience, just a desire to light up your life in your own unique way!

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.

Once you’ve completed the lessons, you’ll have the skills and confidence to go beyond the basics and make your own custom lamp designs from scratch!

Win a laser cutter!!

If you've created a project that involves lighting, write an instructable about it and enter the Lighting Contest for a chance to win your very own Full Spectrum laser cutter and other amazing prizes!

Class Author:Paige Russell

Made in Canada, Paige Russell grew up crafting, making, and building. Out of this love for designing and creating, she went on to pursue a BFA in Product Design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. After school, she worked for 5 years as a designer/fabricator at a lighting company in Burlington, Vermont where she used both new and vintage parts to build lamps of all kinds. She's also done work for Martha Stewart Living, Sunset Magazine, Fossil, Design*Sponge, and her own ceramic design company. She now has the most fun ever as a full time designer and content creator for Instructables, making a wide range of projects from food recipes to furniture.


Lesson 1: Getting Started

This lesson is an overview of what you'll learn in the class - along with a teacher bio, a bit of 'light' history, and information on 'current' affairs.

Lesson 2: Tools of the Trade

This is the low down on what you'll need in your lamp making tool box.

Lesson 3: 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.

Lesson 4: Wiring Sockets

In this lesson, we'll learn all about sockets and break open the tool box to practice wiring them safely.

Lesson 5: 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.

Lesson 6: 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.

Lesson 7: 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.

Lesson 8: 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!

Lesson 9: 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!

Lesson 10: 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.

Lesson 11: Graduation Ceremony

In this lesson you'll receive a virtual high five and lots of compliments for all your hard work. It also includes resources for learning how to sell homemade lamps.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!