Steam Punk Low Energy Light

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Introduction: Steam Punk Low Energy Light


Hi guys... I found steampunk a few days ago for the first time and loved what I saw :D
I was also intrigued by an instructable by Horatius.steam, A light box for camping driven by an old camera electronics and a low energy light bulb. I couldn't resist pulling an energy bulb apart to see what it actually looked like. I managed to break to first bulb trying to remove the plastic base.
I didn't have an old disposable camera handy but did have a broken electronic fly swat, basically a battery operated tennis racket with a high voltage wire grid to electrocute the bugs on contact. They only cost £1 so i don't mind pulling them apart - I had already made a small electric fence to keep cats away from my aviary with the circuit board from one of these rackets a few months before, so was hoping that it would work in a similar way to the high voltage camera flash circuit board. Well, as you can see from the photo's it worked...
once i had tested the concept it was just a case of finding something to house the individual parts. the glass shade is actually a small spice jar that I edged with copper foil tape for stained glass making, the base and lid is the top and bottom parts of a thin wooden box and the copper strands are the solid core from power cable, they come up through the base and i fixed them to the foil on the jar with solder to hold everything in place.
I added a few coloured glass beads to suggest polarity and a few spring coils plus a little imagination. I wanted to simplify the on/off switch and ended up with simple sliding bar that shorts the "red" and the "green" contacts on the front of the base and creates a full circuit between the batteries and the small circuit board that you can see fitted under the base.
It doesn't give out a huge amount of light but I have enjoyed every minute of time that this little project has taken, I have never played with this style before and didn't have much laying around to put into making it - i will look out for brass and copper cogs dials knobs and spindles from now on... I have this little SteamPunk lamp sat on my desk and when the power went out a few hours ago it proved its worth :D
I know i haven't really made an instructable but this is a variation on somebody elses existing idea.
If you do have a go at making something similar, have fun... I did :-)

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Great job, especially for a first instructable!
I love the way you use the material, in particular the spice jar edged with the copper foil.
My best wishes for future projects!

oh awesome! authors are generally very appreciative of others who riff off their work. i would let him/her know!

you did a great job!

Hi :) Thanks for the comment... i will certainly let Horatius know that i've been inspired by 1 of his projects... i've just gathered more materials, it looks like i have to make a similar lamp for my sister so that she doesn't run off with mine lol
Thanks again!

Good evening,

great job! I like the design and the idea of using a fly swat!

Have fun,


Horatius Steam