Picture of Recycled Bottle Lamps (Multiple)
I would like to share one of my favorite projects how to make a bottle lamp. You do have to invest about $15  for a diamond bit, but the bottle lamps can be made for less than $10 and they make amazing gifts or sold for a profit at craft shows and Etsy shops.
Before we start i made this instructables to thank my first 100 subscribers i got featured twice and won a contest i couldn't have done it with out you guys thanks so much now enjoy your instructable

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Theres lots of ways to make that special lamp of yours. heres a few ideas of what can be accomplished with a little creativity and a well explained instructables like this one ;)
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Excellent ible!!! At what speed should you run the drill press?

snow1434 (author)  robertlelliston1 year ago
I put the drill press on the highest speed but I would check the chart I posted below


Thanks for your response! , and your instructable !! Looking forward to this one.

beene938 months ago

I would like to make lamp style number three but I cant find the LED base. Can you tell me where you got it at or how you made that part?

Iheartmusic8 months ago
Thanks! This really helps. + it is super cool. I have been looking into night lights for a while.
thauser28 months ago

This is definitely really cool but I think a short strand of Christmas lights and some glass beads will work instead of the LEDs and soldering. Wish I was on your level though!

TMerkman1 year ago

Looking at this again for the socket where the lightbulb goes into is that just resting ontop or did you glue it to stay straight?

mcshawnboy1 year ago

It looks like it might be above my pay grade, but it looks really cool! I voted for you on both items. Good Luck! :)

snow1434 (author)  mcshawnboy1 year ago

thank you so much!

snow1434 (author)  Iszzysapien271 year ago

thanks! don't forget to vote for me :)

You don't need 4 batteries to run one LED in the base of the bottle. Use a simple Joule thief circuit to run one or 2 3 volt bright LED's


The chip can use up to 5 volts and double the voltage to the LED's

To calculate LED's with wall wart supplies, divide 3 volts into the DC voltage and run that many in series. Each LED should pull about 20 ma current and you may not need any resistors.

You should never run an LED without resistors - you *need* to limit current - setting the voltage can't do that.

snow1434 (author)  ledshed1 year ago
I used resistors I will check my post again but almost positive I said I used resistors if not then I apologies but I completely agree with you

Yes, you put them in the circuit diagram. Good practice. Some LED's have an internal resistor but unless you know this for sure, you need to limit the current.

Go here: http://www.hebeiltd.com.cn/?p=zz.led.resistor.calc...

In the series LED section enter 6 power supply volts , 3 LED volts and 20 ma current. Zero resistance! This is a page from a manufacturing site. The other calculator site always adds at least a one ohm resistor, which could be a real wattage headache if you are using a lot of power. It is wrong.

So where's the other 3 volts being dropped?

From the site you list: "Voltage drop is usually 1.9~2.1V" - the change in "resistance" for the 0.2V band can be huge, and nothing like the the same as would be expected for a purely resistive load. LED's are semi-conductors, current needs to be restricted.

Series means more than one LED in sequence in a circuit. Put 2 in and the second one drops the other 3 volts. Put in more and you get negative resistances because you are cutting current more. Eventually the LED's will not conduct at all. Next closest resistor = 1 ohm, but that's just a technicality as there are no negative resistors.

Using V = IR a resistor or an LED must drop the rest of the voltage in excess of the voltage of the first LED. Since the second LED can drop all 3 volts there is no need for a resistor..

Ah, you didn't mention a second LED. However, you still have the problem of not knowing the exact voltage drop across the LED, especially with white and blue LED's where the voltage is typically 3.0-3.5V - so two LED's in series may not work on a 6V PSU and if you used a 7V PSU you may have 1V too much.

Some reading for you:



However, as you seem against resistors in series with LED's, I won't comment further on this subject.

snow1434 (author)  ledshed1 year ago

yep and thanks

Where's the resistor on your computer plug? Light bulb?

The voltage drop of the LED given by the manufacturer is the current setting. You can run 40 3 volt LED's in series on 120 volts just like light bulbs. Add a rectifier in series to block reverse voltage.

Watch out for red, green and yellow plain old LED's as they run on less voltage than a bright LED. Usually 1.5 to 2 volts.

I've been running four 10mm 3 volt bright LED's in series on 12 volts DC for years now.


Yeah, what ever...

snow1434 (author)  BurgersBytes1 year ago
Yes thanks for the idea but I prefer the simplicity of mine

I understand, your forte is making the lamps. But there are a lot of people who might like to use less batteries later on. Send them to me if you can!

Also you can run a few LED's off of line voltage through a high voltage rated capacitor too. Did you ever see those lamps with top and bottom lights? Could be some ideas there. Let me know if you are interested. Nice Instructable!

snow1434 (author)  BurgersBytes1 year ago
Thanks and ya I will send them your way good luck
Vodika1 year ago

I have 2 Absolut Vodka bottles, and I would like to make them into a pair of lamps, but do you think it would be possible to put LED in the bottom with a lamp shade on top and use a three way switch ?

snow1434 (author)  Vodika1 year ago
sounds like it would work when you make it post a picture sounds awesome good luck and dont forget to vote for me!

I Voted for ya, I will have to get the Diamond Drill bit so I can get started, thank you for the ideal.

snow1434 (author)  Vodika1 year ago

no problem and thank you so much for the vote send me a picture when your done i would love to see it!

TMerkman1 year ago

You do know you can buy the guts of a lamp separately in case you don't have a lamp your not using right?

snow1434 (author)  TMerkman1 year ago

i know i get them from homdepot thanks for the comment don't forget to vote for me :)

Are you serious? You advocate destroying
a good working lamp to make an LED lamp that will be out of style next year!

Why not? If you have something you don't like, you either give it away, throw it away or hide it away - so why not convert it into something you *do* like?

snow1434 (author)  Claude McVea1 year ago
No it's just one way of making it you can buy pieces from home depot to but some people don't have that luxury to do so

Do you use any insulation for the LED wires to keep them from shorting out?

snow1434 (author)  OutlawKtulu1 year ago
I use electrical glue or tape or heat shrink tubbing the majority of the time

Very awesome idea! I've made alcohol bottle lamps with just LEDs. Haven't thought about adding the lamp/lamp shade on top though! Nice addition. Here's my lamps http://cookingcircuits.com/home/2013/8/29/alcohol-bottle-lamp

snow1434 (author)  Dandeman3211 year ago
Nice lamps! And thanks

Great instructable! Really liked it! The only big problem will be make this just after empty the bottle! (JK)

snow1434 (author)  BlitzKriegBR1 year ago
Hahhaha thank you
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