1) don't want to fuss with wax spills from tea lights?
2) don't want to leave an open flame inside?
3) want more light than a tea light can give?
If so, read on! In this instructable, I'll show you how to take a tea light lantern and make a great compact fluorescent lamp!
Step 1: Gather Your Tools/Materials
1/8" (or similar) drill bit
Sheet Metal Step Bit (or a 7/16" drill bit)
Tea Light Lantern (I am using a "Roterra" from IKEA)
C7 Compact Fluorescent bulb (I am using an E12 "Sparsam" from IKEA)
Chandelier Bulb Socket
Lamp Hardware Kit
Rotary Thumb Switch
Step 2: Assemble the Socket Hardware
Step 3: Prepare the Lamp and Assemble the Socket
Then, slide the threaded tube from your lamp hardware kit onto the cord, pass the cord down through the top of the lamp, through the hollow bolt fastened to your chandelier bulb assembly, and knot it. Leave ~5cm (2") after the knot. This knot is what is going to support the lamp, and although I didn't have one, you really should add a grommet between the knot and the metal in the chandelier socket fr safety's sake.
Split the cord in two after the knot and strip 15mm of insulation from the ends of the wires. Fasten the wires to the terminals on the socket (one to one side, the other to the other side...).
Congratulations, you're now done the hardest part of this project!
Step 4: Attach Socket to Lantern
Step 5: Assemble the Switch
Begin by separating the two halves of the cord over a 2.5cm (1") length, and cut about 1cm (1/2") out of one of the cords. Next, remove the screw from your rotary switch. There will be a pair of grooves in each end of the switch housing that does not include the thumb wheel. Seat the cord in them so that the cut side is towards the middle. Reassemble the switch, and the contacts from the switch will cut into the insulation of the cut wire and make the connections for you.
Step 6: First Light!
If you didn't find any shorts, screw in your bulb, close the door and plug in your lamp. If you didn't have a grommet like me and plan to hang this lamp by its cord, knot the coord to the handle on the top of the lantern as strain relief, and then go out and buy a grommet! If you are going to use a lantern other than the Roterra, make sure that it has some holes in the top to vent any heat from the bulb.
Enjoy your new, brighter, safer lantern!