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This lantern is based on a no-brand lantern, much like the tall version of the Rotera lantern from Ikea. It's about 38 cm high. Instead of the 10 battery powered leds, I placed a 30W hallogen light bulb in it.

Warning: this instructable involves wiring mains electricity and a hot light bulb, it can be a shock or fire hazard. If you have no experience with this, seek help of someone who does.
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Step 1: Bring in the power cord

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The lantern I bought had a double floor. The construction is made of sheet metal, so it's easy enough to drill through. I used a Dremel to smoothen the edges of the holes. Be aware that sharp edges can cut through the wire over time, and this can result in electric current running through the lantern case and create the risk of an electric shock to the user.

For safety:
  • add extra tube around the wire
  • use insulated wires as shown in picture, don't confuse with speaker wire that has only one layer of insulation and should never be used to carry mains voltages
As you see in the picture, I didn't drill the holes in the most convenient place. At the bottom of the lantern there were already some holes, and I started using one of those to drill through the floor.
On hindsight, drilling in the corner between two glass panels would have been better.
could you take apart an old lamp and make this? if so would you know how?
aceammar1 year ago
would use that while reading