Step 4: Lamp

The lamp is a 12-volt, 11-watt light bulb left-over from another project. It would typically be used in outdoor, low-voltage landscape lighting, powered by a 12V AC transformer.

Something as simple as a light bulb doesn't really care if it's powered by AC or DC power, as long as the voltage is right. We are using a 12V battery, so there's no problem repurposing this bulb.

The lamp will take the place of the fan. Hold up the bulb to circular grate where the fan was. Mark how much space the bulb will take up. It's round, and so is the fan, so it should fit OK, but not all the way back into the case. (A different size bulb might fit flush, or even INSIDE the case!)

Using the side-cutters or a tin-snips, snip the tin fan grating to make the bulb fit. You could also use a Dremel or other cutting tool.

Test-fit the bulb, but don't permanently attach it yet. First, we will want to wire up the lantern.
<p>You should replace the bulb with a COB LED, you can buy them for really cheap on eBay...</p>
You left the 220/115v plug and used it to charge the battery. It is a safety problem - someone can plug through it the battery to the 220/115 volt and blow the battery! Please destroy the plug or make it unusual.
<p>Things like that are fine when it&rsquo;s only the creator using it. If it was going to be mass produced and sold, obviously you&rsquo;d want to change that.</p>
Hey congratulations on being a finalist in the hack it contest! Good luck to you!
As a precaution, you should be careful when taking apart comp. power supplies! They still have power in them. A guy in my area (KC) was electrocuted from taking apart his power supply. Just a heads up!
Dont touch the Capacitors and you usually get away with it fine :) <br>
With a big(ish) battery like that, surely you could put a car headlight lamp in. I'm sure that would be bright enough for any possible need.
Sealed-beam car headlamps are commonly 55 watts. The landscape light is 11 watts.<br>The battery could run a car lamp for 1 hour or the lamp I used for 5 hours. It's more than bright enough for my needs, but yes, a person could use a headlight if they wanted to.
Appropriate idea :) cool .. you saved amount of casing .. and 1suggestion- Plz find out option of charging .. put charging adapter inside the lamp and connect that with the female shocket(which is already along with the case) then you'll need only power cable to plug in and charge .. it's easy and SAFE .. (in your recent design..if by mistake beginners attached power cable like computer .. your battery will blast :( .. )
It would be better if you had installed the charger inside the flashlight. <br>But nevertheless good project.
Great ible ! I love recycle projects like this, there are so many items out there for re-use. This whole project couldbe done using all recycled parts. It is genious in its simplicity. Two thumbs way up!
no one can say that it is not a bright idea!
I have to echo the concern regarding reusing the power inlet. <br>Connecting what is clearly a mains power input to the battery terminals is VERY DUMB. <br>Someone, (perhaps even you in a while when you forget how it's wired), will connect this to the mains and the results will be ugly. <br>Good design is first and foremost inherently safe. This is an accident waiting to happen.
Why not LED? Much more bang for your battery!
Good idea! <br>One suggestion: <br>It has enough space to put the charger in the box! <br>The charger also does not weigh that much! <br>Then, to load only necessary to use a standard PC cable.
I must have 5 leftover power supplies lying around waiting for projects just like this. What a great idea!
you have enough room to add a small 12v transformer and a few diodes and you could plug it in to recharge the battery.
I love the idea. Any computer geek will instantly recognize it. My only suggestion is to twist the &quot;handle&quot; wires so they will be more like a rope...?
Isn't it very Dangerous whir the normal Power Plug?
Unfortunately instructables is not policed for safety issues, there are some really dumb reuses of mains fittings on here. I should create an instructable of a cut off mains cord to use as a child's toy :p. I'm not the intructables safety police either but when I see things like this I cringe most likely as you did! :) At least one of the terminals used was the earth and hopefully the other was neutral (assuming the plug/socket etc is wired correctly) so inserting a mains cable will either rapidly blow a fuse/trip somewhere or short the battery across the house wiring? I wouldn't want to be the one to find out ;)
whenever I need a charger, switching power supply, or the like, I can usually find one at my local Habitat for Humanity store for next to nothing. Everything from 3v to 24v has been there at least once. <br> <br>good value for you and for the community
I like the steampunk hint to it i think you should go all out and steampunk the whole thing
Items that I make from recycled, salvaged, and junk materials tend to have a certain look about them.<br> I actually have a term for this; it's <strong>&quot;Junk-Punk&quot;</strong>.<br> Please feel free to use this term and share it with all your friends.
ok thats really cool, alot of my friends are on instructables and ill tell them to follow you. i like your stuff its awesome
Thanks Chase!
This is all kinds of awesome! Did you consider mounting the battery charger inside of the case and using the power supply's cable to charge?
I didn't, just because I already had a &quot;wall-wort&quot;-style charger that is already exactly the right charger for this battery. However, I really LIKE the idea of having an integrated charger, just because it would be so cool just to run the power cord right from the wall into the power supply.
<br> Sometimes a lower light level, is all you need to be able to navigate around a room.<br> You could use the 115/230 switch to put&nbsp;a resistor, into the circuit, so you&nbsp; could have a hi/lo setup.&nbsp;
that looks pretty cool
very creative.
Nice one. Very cool looking. <br>I wish your future version uses power LEDs.
Looks great! But is it heavy?
I'd say it's &quot;Hefty&quot;. <br> <br>It's not particularly light, but hangs very nicely from the handle. It has a sense of solidness to it.
Good for bashing zombies....
very cool voted for
Great idea! <br>
LEDs would not work better?
LEDs are wonderful things, but don't confuse efficiency for practicality or light output. <br> <br>I already had a 12V bulb just kicking around, and it lights up a large area. <br> <br>To purchase an LED/LEDs with the same light output, it would have been significantly more expensive, more time spent soldering, etc. etc. <br> <br>If you already have some high-output LEDs laying about unused, they would be GREAT to use in a similar project.
A possible improvement to his project would be to assemble a rectifier and regulator so it can be charged directly from the wall using an IEC cord.
This is really cool!

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