Lightbulb "green"house

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Introduction: Lightbulb "green"house

The incandescent light bulb is the ultimate symbol of wasted energy. Since I don't use them anymore I wanted to transform them into something green instead of throwing them away.
This project was inspired by an ad I saw in the June 08 edition of Popular Science.

WARNING:
THIS INSTRUCTABLE REQUIRES THE USE OF DANGEROUS TOOLS AND SHARP GLASS. I ACCEPT NO LIABILITY FOR ANYTHING!

Step 1: Materials

I used:

-An old lightbulb. Best if burned out, but if its going to just sit and collect dust thats fine too.

-Epoxy. Best glue ever!

-7/16" socket. Holds the bulb on

-Some rubber part from my bike.

-Thing that goes between shower head and tiles

-Small plastic cup

-Soil



Tools:

-Pliers

-File

-Compressor

-Drill, drill bit

Step 2: Prepare the Lightbulb

Start by using pliers to pull the bottom contact off of the lightbulb.
Next use the file to break out the glass between the two contacts.
Break out the glass on the inside and use the file to smooth the edges.
Clean the white powder out of the lightbulb. You can do this with a rag, water or a compressor (not recommended).

Step 3: Prepare the Base

Using a drill (press) widen the hole in the bottom of the socket.
Use pliers to widen the hole in the bottom of the lightbulb until the socket fits snugly.
Epoxy the socket to the rubber piece. Let it dry for at least twenty minutes.
Epoxy that to the shower part. Let it dry for another twenty minutes.

Step 4: Add a Plant or Plant Seeds

This step is self explanatory. Either add a plant or seeds.

Step 5: Use It

Now all you have to do is fill the cup with soil and seeds (or small plants), put the base on it, then put the lightbulb over it.
Place it in a well lit window sill and occasionally water it

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If you decide to make it please post pictures below.
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how do you water it

Not sure if you know, You need some air holes.
Plants need to breath too

this is a real cool contraption.

This should be tried with a big bulb like used in street lamps

Looks easy enough, might need some help with the bulb but will be making a whole bulb army of "green" houses...

Super awesome! Need to try this...

I love this idea, thank you, will definitely try this one, and following the comments below, take much care not to brake my bulb.

When I made mine, I accidentally broke the little glass tube, and it shot off into the depths of my garage.

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I also just attempted to break the middle-glass out of an old bulb but the bottom of the bulb also cracked.

this is amazing...would definately try to make this <3

Wicked Awesome!!!!

Pretty Steampunk. I want one of those!

 that is an awesome greenhouse! make an instructables

WOW!!! Nice job on the steampunk look!

Wow that is very cool looking... Reminds me of something you'd find in an old antique store.

I'm sure she was pleased as punch to accept such a one-of-a-kind gift! This plant's got STYLE. LinuxH4x0R, it's a bright green idea. Certainly made me smile, anyway.