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I was inspired to make this lamp when I came across a set of halogen track lights one of my neighbors put in the trash. The fixtures on this track light reminded me of the streamline Art Deco designs of the cars and bicycles of the 1930s. Also reminiscent of an airplane jet engine...

So I ripped a few fixtures off the track, and decided to make a lamp with one of them.

Why "Decopunk"? One author has described Decopunk as a "sleek, shiny very Art Deco version" of Dieselpunk. While both are derivatives of the Steampunk movement, decopunk is inspired by the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne art styles. And in my opinion, these light fixtures certainly reflect this era.

(For an example of a Dieselpunk inspired version, see my Dieselpunk USB Lamp).

So here's how I did it:

• Rotary tool

• Light fixture
• USB laptop lamp
• Silver paint

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Step 1: Remove bolt from fixture

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The trickiest part about this build was figuring how to remove the nut and bolt from the fixture. I'll spare all the details of all the tools I tried, and cut to the chase. The only thing that worked in the end was cutting the bolt with a rotary tool.

Step 2: Paint USB lamp plug

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While I really like the silver metallic look of these USB lamps, I didn't really like the white plug it came with, so I decided to add a coat of silver metallic spray paint to the plug, to better match the rest of the lamp.

Make sure to tape off anything you don't want to get paint on!

jjordan201 year ago

Decopunk, to me, is very reminiscent of the movie "The Rocketeer" Absolutely love that style. Excellent work, sport.

123ron1 year ago
Wow the it looks really cool. Thanks for sharing.
What is the bendable metal wire of the USB called ? I wanna buy that kinda wire for my other project. Where can I get it ?
Thanks in advance
linkwent2 years ago
like the Decopunk usb file lamp concept
flyingpuppy2 years ago
Love the simplicity and practicality of this USB light! That's from someone who wears a head lamp for most tasks : )
PKM2 years ago
Very nice! I see those halogen light fittings go in the trash when people get tired of replacing the bulbs all the time, this is a neat idea for reuse.