This instructable will show you how to make a cheap but stylish floor lamp out of 3 fluorescent standart lights you can buy in any do-it-yourself-store.
by: www.opendesignclub.com (thats me!)


maybe this lights are called fluorescent lights --- so buy three cheap standart fluorescent lights you can get in any do-it-yourself-store.
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bsv-win1 year ago

Very good!

canadiens2 years ago
hi there iwant to build this wich fluoresent light bulb ar the best and what store im in canada
abisabel2 years ago
jmoana2 years ago
Is there a way to connect some sort of timer on this to trigger dimming or 'on n off' rhythmic effects similar to Xmas lights? I want to use as stage lighting :) anyone know what I'm lookin for here? Or other projects on here that fit my description? Thanks ~
EcoMotive3 years ago
Connecting the wires together like this under mains voltage is really not safe. You should be using a junction box with the appropriate strain relief connectors. It looks to me that one could easily fit in the space between the lamps. Also, I don't see any ground wires. I hope you didn't cut them off just before the cables reached the terminal block. If so, you're looking for a shock anytime that you touch any metal part of the light fixture's chassis.
Otherwise a great job. I might try to make one of these for myself. Thanks for sharing.
mdorf4 years ago
is there anyway to make this battery powered?? I am looking to use them as a prop for some photography work that I have planned, but the location is in the middle of the woods without power sources.

Any help here??
qwerty156 mdorf3 years ago
You could try High power LEDs and a 12v battery
I do have to say, aren't the pictures a little monochrome?
nizzo4 years ago
Maybe I missed it somewhere but where do you get the base from? It is made yourself?

Anywhere I can buy one (possibly metalic) or make one with minimal wood working tools (right now just have a jig saw and sander)
jongscx nizzo4 years ago
Honestly, you could buy/find any piece of wood so long as it fits the 3 tubes and provides enough of a base that it won't fall over...

I suggest maybe going to a home depot or hobby lobby and wandering in the wood section looking for pre-finished disks with some decorative edge on it... get a big one for the base and a smaller one on top. maybe add some feet to dress it up or something.

honkeung304 years ago
but i think using T5 florescent lamp is much save energy and brighter than using T8 or T9 florescent
minidriver4 years ago
Everything worked perfectly. The lamp is very bright but I like it that way.
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hamesworth4 years ago
does this plug into the wall? if so what kind of part did you get to do so? Is there a switch?
Im not sure what your question is since wall plugs don't plug into anything but walls in the first place but... yes?
msw1007 years ago
Nice Job can I suggest a dimmer and some coloured
tube covers I thick they can be bought at
Can you put a dimmer on these?
No, you can't use a dimmer with fluorescent lights. If you do then they will just flicker.
hed420 DIY Dave5 years ago
Depends on the bulb, they sell dimmable cf spiral type bulbs. I have yet to see dimmable tube type cfs but they must exist.
Or, buy a dimmer designed for flourescents
Awesome Instructable.

Well, technically there are Electronic Dimming Ballasts, but these only drop the voltage (and light output) some to decrease power consumption and increase lamp life.  They would be expensive for such an elegantly simple project.

An easy way to get softer light is just to diffuse it.  Sew some semi-transparent fabric into a cylinder.  I can imagine a cheap bedsheet or piece of burlap looking neat.  You could even rig it like a curtain - up or down.

And yes, a mini version of this would also look cool.  Use 2ft. fixtures with T5 (5/8 inch) light bulbs.
 No but you could add a switch that turns on 1, 2, or all 3 lights.
Myzlplix4 years ago
This is awesome! I think I'm gonna try and build 2 of them using 36" t5s this weekend.
shadywood5 years ago
Excellent project! I replaced the 1 1/8" T9 bulbs and fittings with much slimmer 5/8" T5 bulbs and fittings, and replaced the wooden base with three 8" steel angle brackets for a more industrial look. Thank you Opendesignclub for the idea!
Veeeery cool, congratz man.
Awesome!!! Dan Flavin would be so proud... Look him up.
My artist wife has been asking me to build a Dan Flavin inspired lamp for years. This project finally inspired me to get off my ass and do it.
I was just gonna mention Dan Flavin! :)
GitarGr85 years ago
This is a great idea! I'm planning on ripping the fluorescent lights out of my kitchen and was just going to throw them away. Now I will have a use for them, thanks!
pravardhan5 years ago
Very Nice Concept and Design. But, Fluorescent takes more power than LED. Each consuming 120W is too much. Instead, using a three 3W White LED on 3 sides and using a rechargeable 12V battery with a smaller design would be great. So, total power consumed is 12W. In INDIA, power outages are always and using a battery would have been better. Bye, PRAVARDHAN
@pravardhan Just wanted to say, there are a few downsides with your suggestion that may not be obvious: 1) LED's produce a lot less light than florescents, so you'd need more than 3x 3W LED's (which would total 9W instead of 12W... the extra 3 watts would need to be wasted via resistor). I'd think you'd need dozens of 1+ Watt LED's in rows, behind translucent diffuser material (which you'd have to find, build, and test), and I'd imagine you'd still got lots of hotspots. 2) Unless you had a ton of LED's and good diffuser material, this would just be LED's mounted on a pole. Not nearly as nice as this. 3) Fluorescent bulbs like these do not typically consume 120W. That's a *ton* of light power, and x3 it'd be blinding! Normally these range from about 30W to 60W each, with 40W being the norm. So this is 40W x 3 = 120W *total* for the lamp. So this lamp is roughly equivalent to a 100W bulb (give or take). I'm pretty sure that's a miniscule power usage for a decorative lamp. 4) The cost of LED's, charger, and batteries would be a lot more expensive than this (if you were to use enough LED's to give the same visual design). Plus you'd need a lot more construction to make the LED's look like a long diffused light source. So I think your suggestion might work, but it really would be nothing like this instructable. Instead of a really unique, cheap, and easily constructed fluorescent floor lamp, you'd have an expensive, involved LED project.
LEDs have just 120 degrees of illumination. So, 3x120 degrees = 360 degrees will illuminate the entire area and power consumed will also be less. That's why i said its a great Concept & Design...! You are right about the diffuser for that long light source look. I agree...!
opendesignclub (author)  jumpfroggy5 years ago
some times you build a florescent lamp, instead of an LED lamp. And you say to yourself who cares if they having rolling black outs in India. I am a building an american lamp for myself not India. This would cost a small fortune if you tried to make it with LED's. LED's are expensive. You can buy all the stuff to build a light like this for a fraction of the cost. Plus LED's would not provide the same look. I love the earth I believe on conservation. That said not everything always has to be built for maximum efficiency. Sure its great to have as much efficiency as possible, but there are cases when an LED wont do the job. You just need light without over complicating the project tiny expensive parts. Every time someone makes something cool, The energy police come in and say you could have done with LED's. Really! Maybe LED's aren't the right look. Maybe there is a budget to work with. Maybe stylistically LED's dont work. To Pravardhan, Maybe you should build a smaller version for India. and leave the big stuff to us.
Hey, we have an UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply)...! But, having LEDs and Rechargeable batteries makes it portable and can be carried anywhere. And, LEDs have just 120 degrees of illumination. So, 3x120 degrees = 360 degrees will illuminate the entire area and power consumed will also be less. That's why i said its a great Concept & Design...!
opendesignclub (author)  pravardhan5 years ago
They only need 36 W each. But a small LED Version would be nice. Go ahead and build it. I would love to see your improvement.
Fluorescent lighting is more efficient than LED in many situations. For any light source that you are planning on using, look at the lumens/watt. If you're using fluorescent lighting sources, try to always use T8 or T5 lamps and compatible electronic ballasts.
ultimachris7 years ago
saw it out of what?
His website link has a pdf and has the details. And yeah it's wood..12mm
Probably darn near anything you feel like so long as it looks good enough for your tastes and is somewhat rigid. Plywood sounds nice.
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