Do you like the tea light lanterns that you see at your local IKEA (or or other home living warehouse-type store...), but:
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
This is sooooo easy. Assuming that you have the tools, you can get every thing else at just two stores. Note that you don't actually need the step drill, but they are so useful with sheet metal drilling that I really recommend getting one. Note that the glass in a tea light lantern is not meant for much heat, plus all of the electrical hardware will be ABOVE the bulb, so DO NOT use an incandescent bulb. Also, we'll be working with 120V power to make our lamps, so if you are unsure, get some help from a friend.
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
Screw the hollow bolt into the bulb socket (the fastener side, not the bulb side!). Then lock it in position with the lock washer, followed by the nut.