LEDs could be very efficient and economical in long term use. A 10W LED lamp can replace a 100w incandescent lamp or a 30W compact fluorescent lamp. Despite an relatively high initial cost, compared with other kinds of domestic lamps, your electric bill could drop significantly if you use it instead.
Here I will show to you how to make your own stylish 10W Retro-Futuristic LED Lamp, spending around US$ 25 bucks. Let's go!
Step 1: Materials
You will need:
1. One old burned compact fluorescent lamp, for the LED lamp socket (anyone serves);
2. Two grip flat connectors;
3. One 10W LED: www.satisled.com/10w-high-power-led-white-600800lm_p134.html - color of your choice;
4. Two little screws (search in your tech scrap);
5. One 10W LED driver: www.satistronics.com/constant-current-power-supply-for-10-w-power-led-100240vac-input_p2174.html
6. Thermal paste;
7. One old computer cooler (search in your tech scrap);
8. Heat shrink tubing;
9. 30 cm of wire (2 mm).
Step 2: Tools
You will need also:
1. Soldering iron;
2. Little screwdriver;
3. Small plier cutter;
4. Long nose plier;
5. Medium plier cutter;
6. Puncture tool;
7. Flat screwdriver;
8. Grip plier;
9. Little drill;
10. Electric drilling machine.
Your will need some oil drops too.
Step 3: Disassembling the compact fluorescent lamp
Be careful to not break the CFC lamp. The glass could cut you and there are mercury inside the lamp.
Slowly try to open the base of the lamp, inserting the flat screwdriver and moving it up and down along the junction. These could damage the plastic a little, but it's not critical. You could after scrape the plastic with a knife or sand it to minimize the faults.
Carefully cut the two wires that join the circuit with the socket, without break the connection. Now cut about 0.5 cm of the insulation of the wire.
Step 4: Welding the LED driver to the socket
Place two pieces of heat shrink tubing around the wires. It is important to isolate them and make a good finish.
Now solder the two wires to the AC wires of the LED driver and position and heat the heat shrink tubing for shrinking.