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I've had this gargoyle night light sitting around for years, but never got much use out of it, since it takes a specialty bulb which I never seemed to have available. I brought this lamp to our vacation home in Brazil, and here it collected dust for a few more years without the proper bulb.

So I decided it was time to upcycle this lamp into a solar powered night light. Electricity is expensive in Brazil, but sun power is plentiful and free!;-)

This lamp isn't quite bright enough to read by, but it's certainly bright enough to light the bathroom at night for those middle of the night trips, without having to turn on the light. I've found that if I put the lamp outside in the morning, by sundown, there is usually enough of  a charge to last through the night.

If you don't have a gargoyle lamp like this one, any small kitschy figurine night light will work.

Here's how I did it.

• Rotary tool
• Wire cutters
• Hobby knife

• Gargoyle lamp
• Solar garden light
• Masking tape
• Copper metallic paint

Step 1: Disassemble lamp

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The first step is to strip all the electrical components from your lamp. With this particular lamp, there was a plastic tube running from the base to the socket that just slid right up, exposing the wires, and a nut holding the metal fixture that holds the socket in place.

You can start from the top down, or from the base, by clipping the cable with your wire cutters. (Since one of the reasons I disassembled this lamp was to use the cable with the built in switch, I chose to snip the cable at the socket).

Usually lamps like this have a knot in the cable under the base, to prevent the cable from coming loose. If so, untie the knot, and pull the cable out.

billbillt1 year ago

Great project..... I need to make this... Double Plus Good.....