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...
Step 1: 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
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
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
This time it was very funny to see, how all the parts were fitting together without some additional work...
Step 4: The Construction
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.
Step 5: The Finish
After finishing the body I installed the bulb. Be sure to clean the bulb after with a soft towel. This bulbs become very hot, so it's very importent that they are really clean!
This Steampunk lamp is an eye catcher - and when you start this powerful light machine you will be impressed about the power of Light!
I hope I could give you some inspiration for your next Steampunk light.