Mad scientist lamp made from Aluminum .065 sheet. bottom held on with machine screws.  I used a scotch- bright pad '2inch' in a drill press to give the circle pattern.  I just did it random

The lamps are exit tube lamps,  the sockets are sign sockets.  I also have a dimmer slide and a switch so I can go between full on or dimmer mode.
The box was bent on a finger brake, some bends where hand bent.
<p>does it chew much power as I know when I had these bulbs growing flowers it wasn't cheap.gr8 job all the same,eye catching</p>
Very uch creative work.<br>please turn it into a instructable.<br>
&lt;3 &lt;3 &lt;3 &lt;3 LOVE IT! 5/5<br> Win Guy
https://www.instructables.com/id/Mad-Scientists-Light/<br><br>This instructable has all the fundamentals.
how long it takes to design it?
Thats cool sure wish i knew how it was wired up how did you mount the sockets ? is the top made of copper or is that just the glow of the lights are the Nameplates made of copper or plastic ?
Box is all Aluminum. It is wired in parallel like you would do multiple lamps with a switch in line.<br>The glow makes it look that way. really nice glow on low dimmer. <br>Name tags are plastic.<br>Sockets are held on with screws see new photos, top view.<br> Hope this helps.
MORE INFO <br>PARTS LIST FOR MAD SCIENTIST LAMP BOX AND NOTES ON MAKING.<br>Some parts are surplus or take offs from other things, Like I reclaimed the wiring from a old<br>dryer for the hook-up wiring. switches from a redo job.<br>QTY.<br>Aluminum sheet .065 +/- one - 11&rdquo; x 13.50, one -5&rdquo; x 19.75<br>6 - Hubbell intermediate base sign lamp receptacles<br>6- Tube lamps intermediate base 25 watt<br>1- Slide dimmer switch<br>1- DPST Switch<br>1- 6 feet +/- lamp wire with plug 18-2 SPT<br>Hook up wire, ie. AWM or MTW 18 AWG , shrink tubing<br>20- Pan head 6-32x1/4 inch machine screws for attaching bottom.<br>4- Feet, rubber or felt<br>1- snap-in cord grip fitting<br>TOOLS NEEDED OR USED<br>Punch for receptacle holes or hole saw .965<br>Punch for screw receptacle holes or drill 5/32<br>6-32 tap and #36 drill, for taping screws holes, this is for attaching bottom.<br>You will need a sheet metal finger box brake to form box.<br>It could be done with heavy blocks of steel and large clamps and a table to clamp to.<br>Also your basic hand tools, screw driver, file to clean edges, hand drill or press, a hole<br>deburing tool is nice.<br># one before you bend is to do the Surface (what every you want). I used a 2 inch 3M<br>Scotch-Brite surface conditioning discs Coarse, to do the circle texture.<br>I did this in a drill press. see photo, I did a test.<br># two Layout holes and punch holes for the receptacles and switches before bending.<br>If you are not knowledgeable on electrical wiring please ask someone to help. not real hard<br>but you need to know how to hook it up..<br>General knowledge on bending sheet metal will help.<br>I had a sign shop make custom switch tags. no/off, dimmer, there plastic, glued on<br>This is a learning project for me also, sorry for not having photos of the building process.<br>my first instructables.
Very nice! I have some of these light bulbs sitting around. I think i'll put one together for my radio room. It has that radio tube look to it. Give it a 21 century addition with the led exit light bulbs. They look exactly the same but have a circuit board with leds lined up
do the powers that be read these comments ?? HELLO we LIKE instructables NOT picture shows... thats a REALLY cool lamp that would look AWESOME in my Haunted House... if only I had an idea how its constructed !
I agree with everyone else. This is awesome but how did you do it? This is not flickr. It is instructables. I would suggest you join a flickr group if you want to just display your work. There are plenty of them.
Nice job! Please turn this into an instructable, I REALLY want to make this!
I totally agree with DarkStarPDX! I want to know how things are MADE, not just a picture. &quot;Instruct&quot; is integral to the name of the site. (And I'm not just referring to anvil_man, it's becoming all too common)
Hmm... There sure have been a lot of &quot;look what I made&quot; posts and not so many &quot;here's how to make it&quot; posts... This is Instructables, please &quot;instruct&quot; us! :-)
I LOVE this. PLEASE do a tutorial so someone who is completely intimidated by trying something like this (me) can make one too!<br /> <br /> <sub>or you know, just make another one and tell me how much you want for it! ;) </sub><br />
No Cheeting Smoochmaroo! <br><br>Another great make, that I would *love* to see as a full I'ble

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