But if you like to make things yourself then this is the Instuctable for you.
I found an old kerosene lamp that was pretty beat up the glass was broken and it had been through the flood that we had here a few months ago. I like old stuff, but it has to be useful, if it just sits around doing nothing cluttering up the place it would annoy me. I wouldn't use it as a kerosene lamp, but with an electric light hanging in the back porch I would use it every night.
Step 1: Stuff you will need.
- One old lamp
- Cord, I've use a cord from a broken appliance which has a plug fitted to one end
- Light socket
- Light bulb, I've used a reproduction vintage bulb, available from ebay.
- Cable strain relief
- Hole saw.
- Screw driver
- Wire cutters / striper
- Bicycle brake cable
- Large clamp.
- You must also have a good practical understanding of mains electricity, as it can be lethal if wired up wrong. If in doubt just buy the kit!
Step 2: Cleaning and dissembling
It soon became apparent that the bulb would have to be mounted on the bottom inside the tank, and the cord would have to come out the top as the lamp will be mounted on the ceiling from the handle.
I would have to remove some of the tank to get the light socket to fit, and the power cable would have to go inside the frame and up to the top and out near the handle.
Step 3: Fitting the light socket.
Step 4: Fitting the power cord
Surprisingly the tank has a hole in it where the frame connects, so I just threaded a bicycle brake cable through the hole down through the frame and into the tank. The brake cable was then taped to a power cord and it was pulled through, I put a piece of hose on the cable to act as cable relief, to stop damage due to lamp swinging and the sharp edge.
Step 5: Wiring
Step 6: Fitting the glass
I open the hole up with some tin snips, the steel is quite soft. Not shown is the repair to the glass, I glued the broken pieces together with JB weld. The bulb it quite awkward to fit so hopefully it wont have to be changed too often. The vintage light bulbs look fantastic the photos don't do it justice.