Bring the blinding brightness of street lighting to your work space by turning an old street light into your new floor lamp. This street lamp was found at a building reuse store. It looks like it was badly damaged, partially warped, and was missing the glass cover that protects the bulb. Since I was only using the light housing it was perfect.

This industrial lighting solution is unique as it gets, and sure to stop a few of your coworkers in their tracks. And, just like real outdoor public infrastructure, it provides a great canvas for tagging and stickers.

Step 1: Supplies

The center of this project is obviously the street light housing. I found mine at a salvage yard that collects all kinds of crazy stuff. You can check out the field trip we took here

  • 2" EMT 90° elbow
  • 2" EMT straight conduit
  • 2" EMT compression coupler
  • 2" EMT mounting collar
  • 20' power cord
  • 8" threaded lamp nipple
  • pull chain lamp socket
  • compact fluorescent light bulb
  • street lamp head

The street light was in pretty bad shape, so I had to clean it up with a sandblaster and some elbow grease to make it look decent.

I work for the power company and we are currently replacing all 200,000 street light heads with LED versions. I grabbed 4 of these yesterday that were almost brand new and took the inside pieces out to reduce weight and this lamp is what I'm doing with them. Great job on the instructions.
Does anyone know where I could source a (affordable!) street light head? Really love this idea.<br>Thanks!
I would contact your city's street lighting dept.
Does anybody know where I could source a (affordable!) street light head in this style? Really want to make this!<br>Thanks!
I see a lot of people like using watermelons for vacuum formers ;)<br><br>Also, how did you make the GIF ant step #15? Video to GIF? 2 Pictures to GIF? How did you make it?
<p>Thanks for checking this out!</p><p>The GIF is just 2 frames made into a GIF in Photoshop.<br></p>
<p>*at step #15</p>
<p>Just discovered this one: genius! This scrap yard is awesome.Wish I had one like that near my place</p>
<p>Did you leave the glass lens off to lighten it? The reason I ask is I just got 3 vintage street lamp heads at an auction and want to make this. Will it topple over if I use original glass or do I just make the base bigger?</p>
<p>The street light I found didn't have a glass lens, so I made my own. If yous has one I'd suggest beefing up the base to support the additional weight. </p><p>I'd love to see your results when you're done. Share a picture in the comments here. Good luck!</p>
<p>I would need an intact street lamp due to not having access to a vacuum table(?)</p><p>And I haven't seen many street lamps laying around lately This project might be worthwhile if I had a big garage to put it in, certainly wouldn't fit in my living room. The overall idea is good, just needs scaled down a bit for space restrictions..</p>
<p>I have 3 if you still need.</p>
<p>Hahaha that is so cool</p>
<p>That is AWEsome!!! I LOVE it!</p>
<p>i like how rough yet very precise your work and your style is.. i also love the addition of fruit &quot;snack&quot; break !</p>
<p>Thanks! The watermelon break was much needed :)</p>
<p>on a good day i eat 2 whole watermelons, 1 for breakfast 1 for dinner and about 15 bananas for lunch. it is an unexplainable <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE5Z1gKiD1s" rel="nofollow">experience</a>..</p>
<p>Holy crap, are all those tools and workshops at instructables HQ!?</p>
<p>Our new digs are amazing! Stay tuned, I have a few more videos coming that show of more of the shop.</p>
<p>This is great. One of these days I'll make it back to San Francisco and score a scrap piece from your shop. It will go on my shelf of cool stuff in my living room. </p>
<p>You should come by, we'll exchange metal/woodworking tips!</p>
<p>A 6 X 6 with the corners rounded of,and stained to look like a light pole would look pretty cool also,Id think.But at any rate top notch job,looks very industrial for sure.</p>
<p>Thank you. I have the best light at my desk now</p>
<p>You definitely want to change light bulb to CFL, as author did, or even better, an LED. Most original street lights are 220 V, besides the problems &quot;lfoss&quot; mentions about mercury vapor, halide, and other commercial/municipal lighting systems few comments below this one.</p>
<p>This is great , now I need to find the street lamp.</p><p>my truck may need to back up in the right place ;-)</p>
<p>Very nice. I found one of those housing units on the street a while back but couldn't think of what to do with it. This is great! </p><p>You should be doing a &quot;Singing in the Rain&quot; routine on it!</p>
<p>Clever use of a watermelon. And Randy's &quot;whoa&quot; was the best ending for the video...</p>
<p>I just wanted to say to anybody considering doing their own version of this instructable, *please* *please* do not use the original high-intensity discharge lamps (sodium-vapor, mercury vapor, metal-halide, etc.) that are typically found in these municipal street lights. Not only do the bulbs contain many dangerous substances (mercury, thorium, krypton-85.. to name a few), they also generate *high* levels of UV radiation. This is why street lamps are generally placed *at least* 25 ft. above ground level. These types of lamps (in the &gt;150 watt range) should *never* be used indoors, unless you want a *serious* sun-burn / possible skin cancer.. not to mention that UV radiation tends to fade the dye used in a lot of fabrics, so you may end up with some very pastel-looking carpeting &amp; furniture. =P</p>
<p>I'm having trouble locating a mounting collar. Any ideas? <br><br>Love this!</p>
<p>They are also called pipe flanges. Ask at the hardware store.to see what fits. Electrical conduit pipe might not come with threaded ends so you might have to drill a hole for a setscrew or through bolt in the upright portion to secure the pipe in the flange. It seems the plywood base creates a deep enough socket for the pole like a patio umbrella base.</p>
<p>This industrial street lamp repurposing is brilliant. But one word of caution. Where you &quot;angle drill&quot; into the 2&quot; EMT for the feed wire, this is not a safe enough practice. You should place a grommet into that hole to assure the wire will not abraid over time from friction and cause a short. Dick Francis.</p>
<p>That is AWESOME! You really had me going with that watermelon, lol. I don't have the skills or the equipment to do this but thanks for the treat! </p>
<p>I'm impressed. That's quite cool.</p>
<p>EXCELLENT presentation! Lots of fun to watch!</p>
<p>EXCELLENT presentation! Lots of fun to watch!</p>
<p>What a unique idea! I can figure out how it looks like in my garage and hall way.</p><p>I hope our junk shop nearby have this kind of street lamp.</p>
<p>Such a good idea!</p>
<p>Cool video and really cool workshop!</p>
very cool upcycle
<p>Amazing project, Mike! :-)</p>
<p>Clever idea and good reuse. Great sweatshirt too.</p>
<p>Are you technically allowed to enter this in the Watermelon Contest now too?</p>
<p>What's amazing about this is that I have one of these lights EXACTLY like this, sitting in my basement at this very moment just waiting to be put to use.</p>
<p>Love it!</p>
<p>Wow! Excellent video as well!!</p>
<p>so niceee..</p>
nice lamp
<p>This would be awesome in a dorm!! </p>
<p>a watermelon half as a vaccuform buck. huh.</p>

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