Introduction: Camp Light / Bucket Light

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A great camp light for campground camping made from a cheap 5 gallon bucket. Camp light is mounted on a 8 foot PVC pole.

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You will need bucket with a lid, a fixture mount, a fixture cover and attaching bolts, a light fixture with bulb.

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Attach the fixture mounting to the underside of the lid using 2 small bolts,(continue with next step)

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At the same time attach the fixture cover on the outside; this gives you something to anchor the light fixture to.

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Wire a short cord to the light fixture(I repurposed an old computer power cord - prefect length).

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Feed the cord into a hole made in the bottom of the bucket

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The finished Camp Light / Light Bucket

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To mount the bucket on a 1 1/4 PVC pipe I made a female receiver using a plastic quart bottle and Plaster of Paris - I would recommend Auto body filler. I placed a short piece of pipe at the top of receiver to stop of pole from going all the way through. Using  screws I attached the receiver to the bottom of the bucket after making a hole in the bottom. Note:The square hole is for the power cord.

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Hope you enjoy building and using the Bucket light on your next camping trip.

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doo da do (author)2017-08-15

Good idea

enterpriez1701a (author)2013-12-04

you could use a battery and inverter

MikeinBallard (author)2013-10-15

I would assume this is for a campground with AC power. For unpowered adventures, this use of a plastic water jug and headlight looks ideal:

holidayv (author)2013-10-14

I don't know where you camp, but most camp sites don't have A/C power.

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