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Dear Steampunkers, dear friends

After two relaxing evenings in my laboratory I'm very happy to present you a very special lamp:

The Eye of Ra

This very powerful lamp is dedicated to the ancient Egyptian Sun God Ra. It's so powerful, that it's recommended to wear your goggles to protect your eyes...


 
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Step 1: The Bulb: A Philips 437E with 500W

Picture of The Bulb: A Philips 437E with 500W
By chance I got this wonderful antique bulb from a nice friend. This Philips 437E is running with 230 Volts / 500 W and produces 11'000 Lumen.
To protect the bulb I planned to use a dimmer.

Step 2: The old Coffee Mill

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From another friend I got three very old coffee mills. One of them had the perfect shape and dimensions for my project.
I demounted the grinding gear and the wooden bottom. By chance the opening on the top was exactly the right size to fit the socket of the bulb...

Step 3: The Preparation

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After I finished the mill I checked all the parts I planned to use.
  • The prepared coffee mill
  • The Philips 437E
  • A bulb socket
  • A dimmer 230V/800W
  • some cables and a 230V caple with plug
  • A heavy brass fitting from an old bakery machine
  • some screws
This time it was very funny to see, how all the parts were fitting together without some additional work...

Step 4: The Construction

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After the check I started with the dimmer. I drilled a hole for the knob and used two screws to keep it on place.
At the other side of the mill I made a hole for the 230V cable.
The bulb socket fitted perfectly to the brass fitting, so I just had to screw it in...
Then I installed the brass ring with the bulb socket with four brass screws to the top of the coffee mill.
The slide didn't fit anymore, so I used only the front and glued it to the wooden walls.
Finally I closed the lamp body with the bottom.
SIRJAMES096 months ago

AAAAAAAAACK! you committed the greatest sin of all time!! YOU TORE APART A COFFEE GRINDER!!!

you should be flogged 1000 times!!!

And did you know that Ra was an evil Egyptian god? His goal was to enslave the people of Egypt for a millennium but another Egyptian god got in the way & stopped him. when all was said & done, Ra was sentenced to live forever on the surface of the Sun.

Hence why he's called the sun god,

thechocolatist (author)  SIRJAMES096 months ago

Thanks for your comment and the explanation concerning the Egyptian Gods.
Not every old coffee grinder is worth to keep it for the next 100 years. I own a nice collection and I would never take them apart. Because hey are really antique.
The one I used was nothing special and the mill was rosty (see pic). Now it has a new life and is shown in many exhibitions and Steampunk conventions... nothing better could happen!

That was my lame attempt at being humorous....

Yes I drink a ton of coffee per day, but in reality, coffee grinders do not excite me...the coffee might if it's good enough, but the grinder? where's my hammer?? LOL

That lamp you made was very cool looking.
I do not have access to my workshop at the moment....PFFFFFFFffffft, because of where I am living(not by choice mind you) I've not seen my workshop in over a year. 8 (

I apologize if you took my comment as a wee bit harsh and/or disrespectful...as I said, it was my lame attempt at be humorous.
anthony516 months ago

A lot of bulbs that I thought to be no longer obtainable are available new, I was trying to find a type that had 2filaments low in the bulb with a mesh up high in the bulb and found this catalogue which is still current

http://www.dr-fischer-group.com/img_pool/file/Cata...

I found also your phillips bulb in there by specification. Prices? I have no idea!

thechocolatist (author)  anthony516 months ago

Thanks for your comment and the link. They have a few nice bulbs there. I found the company as I searched for the data of my Phillips bulb...

Sincerely yours The Chocolatist a.k.a. Dani

Jamieh199011 months ago
Where did you acquire the brass ring I have everything else including an identical bulb but I cannot find a brass ring if you could post a link or if anyone could post a link would be much appreciated many thanks

Jamie
thechocolatist (author)  Jamieh199011 months ago
Hi Jamie
Thanks for your comment and your interest. The brass ring I used is from an old Bakery machine from the junk yard. So no way to get the same one again. May you could use the lid from a brass or copper cooking pan, and then you cut a hole in for the bulb base...
Hope this idea could help you.
Sincerely Dani aka The Chocolatist
Using some sort of pipe flange or floor flange might work. This is the type of thing I am referring to:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Mueller-Streamline-3-4-in-Galvanized-Malleable-Iron-Floor-Flange-511-604HN/100120677#.UnMMHpR4ZvU
though the threading inside of this is probably too small. A larger one painted a brass color would probably work. Great Instructable!
thechocolatist (author)  I_Am_An4rchy10 months ago
Thanks for your great comment and the very interesting link! That would fit perfectly!! A very good idea!
spylock1 year ago
They had an old coffee grinder at the Good will,I knew I should have picked it up.Although coming across a bulb like yours,I could have used it.
rjprod1 year ago
Since we all can't get a cool vintage bulb...you can get a close replica at home depot:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202245668/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=vintage+light+bulbs&storeId=10051#.USiAeVeLcYE
Less than $10 and in either 40 or 60 watt versions
thechocolatist (author)  rjprod1 year ago
Hi. Thank you for the link. I'm sure that will help a lot of people... here in Switzerland it became very difficult to get nice bulbs, because it became illegal to use them in your home - really sad! So, I keep searching...
cutshopguy1 year ago
Great work.I really like the look and the functionality.
Don't you just love the role of serendipity in what we do? How one finds things that just somehow fit together as if they were made to do so.
One question, how do you adjust the dimmer switch? I might have missed something, but I can't see it on the pictures.
thechocolatist (author)  cutshopguy1 year ago
Hi. Thanks for your feedback. The dimmer just fitted between the wood of the top of the mill, a small crevice. On the bottom I used two small screws. For the knob I drilled a hole. The knob is a 70 years old one from an old radio.
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Great lamp!
But... wasn't your granny upset that you used her coffee mill?
How will she make her coffee now? :D
thechocolatist (author)  MerlinTheGreat1 year ago
Thanks. My granny would never give me her coffee mill!! But I got this one from a good old friend. His granny had still three of them in her Mountain Chalet high in the Swiss Alps...
cozzz1 year ago
Nice job! I've got an old grinder to do this mod. Might 'Punk' it more by attaching the old grinding handle on the side...
thechocolatist (author)  cozzz1 year ago
Great idea. I planned to do that too, but the distance between switch and full throttle of the dimmer was too long for the handle...it touched the ground...
Another great invention from Switzerland!
5 stars and a glass of Champaign.
I hope we will be able to drink one together in the near future.

Greetings from Denmark (only for two days)....

Horatius Steam
thechocolatist (author)  Horatius.Steam1 year ago
Thank you very much, Mr. Steam.
And thanks for all the great suggestions, inspiration and help you give me.
Greetings from Switzerland
The Chocolatist
badjer11 year ago
You wrote that you used a 230 V dimmer. Do do you mean you actually have this hooked up to a 220v circuit? Why not just run 120 VAC through it and use a conventional dimmer? 220V is a bit dangerous I think for a lamp. Your thoughts?
In most of the European countries we have 220 V AC on the net.
We like living dangerously... ;-)
thechocolatist (author)  badjer11 year ago
Hi. Thanks for your interest in my project. The answer to your question is very simple: I life in Switzerland, and here we have a 220VAC/230VAC at home. Greetings from the Swiss Mountains.
Awe inspiring! I imagine the Nautilus could spot this from leagues out at sea;-)
thechocolatist (author)  Winged Fist1 year ago
Thanks for your nice comment. This lamp would be a great help in the darkness of the deep ocean...
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Dear Evinfire

Your last great project inspired me to write this Instructable!

Sincerely The Chocolatist
Junophor1 year ago
Dear Sir

What a genius invention. I am blinded by the light...and by your genius talent

Great job
Yours Aeon Junophor
Greetings from the northern coast of germany ;-)
thechocolatist (author)  Junophor1 year ago
Dear Mr. Junophor

Your feedback is very precious for me. You know, I'm an admirer of your fantastic work!

Greetings from Switzerland!!
Nice. Any ideas where to buy antique bulbs?
Never mind...I found something on Google:
http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/antique-light-bulbs/
thechocolatist (author)  RetroTechno1 year ago
Wow...thanks for the link. Here in Switzerland it became very difficult to find nice antique bulbs. May it's possible to order there...