FLUORESCENT FLOOR LAMP

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Introduction: FLUORESCENT FLOOR LAMP

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!)

Step 1: BUY THREE CHEAP STANDART NEON LIGHTS

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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Step 2: REMOVE THE CAPS ON BOTH SIDES AND DRILL a HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF EACH CAP

one hole is enough, but maybe two holes would be better
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Step 3: SAW OUT THE BASE AND THE TOP OF THE LAMP AND PAINT THEM IN a COLOR YOU LIKE

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Step 4: SCREW THE CAPS DOWN TO THE BASE AND THE TOP OF THE LAMP

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Step 5: STICK TOGETHER THE BASE CAPS WITH THE REST OF THE LAMP

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Step 6: STICK TOGETHER THE TOP CAPS AND THE REST OF THE LAMP

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Step 7: YOU HAVE TO SPLIT a CABLE TO CONNECT ALL THREE LAMPS WITH THE ELECTRICITY GRID

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Step 8: ADD THE LIGHT TUBES

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Step 9: !!! DONE !!! ENJOY THIS SUPER BRIGHT FLOOR LAMP

YOU CAN ADD A FOOTSWITCH IF YOU WANT
by: www.opendesignclub.com (thats me!)

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    No, you can't use a dimmer with fluorescent lights. If you do then they will just flicker.

    Or use LED's which are capable of being dimmed

    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.

    Looks pretty cool! You can also use LED tubes, They're more efficient