Here's how to make a stylish and practical room light!

Problem:  The overhead light in my dorm room is too dim and useless.

Solution:  Replace it with something more functional, and of my own design!

Step 1: Make the lamp

To make the lamp, I scavenged a 120V computer cord, a socket from a broken lamp someone else was throwing away, and a tupperware pitcher.  And I bought a fullspectrum 60W CFL for the bulb.

After slicing both ends off the 120V cord, I trimmed ground (green) so it's hidden by the insulating sheath, and used wire nuts to connect the hot and return lines (white and black) to the Edison socket.

Then, I bandsawed the handle and spout off the pitcher, and drilled holes in the bottom -- one central hole for the cord, and five in a pattern around it, for heat dissipation.

Next, I threaded the cable through the central hole, and used silicone sealant to glue it in place.
Cool, i like how you attach the light to the ceiling, very clever :)<br /> Also awesome hammock !<br /> Mind me asking what you are studying atm ?<br />
Thanks!&nbsp; If it's not clear from my workbench, I do electrical engineering with a sprinkling of computer science<br />
Haha yea saw your workbench, that's what made me wonder :D<br />
Awww... you should have left the handle on. <br /> <br /> Perhaps you should cover up the exposed wiring with something. The pitcher's lid?&nbsp;A serving tray? That frisbee in that picture?<br />
Heh, perhaps -- it would have hung sideways, though.<br /> <br /> I'd like to!&nbsp; I'll get my blue paint back out, at very least -- but that frisbee is a tool! &nbsp;I use it as the perfect shallow and nonreactive dish for soaking my board etches in&nbsp;:)<br />
Hmm,&nbsp;&nbsp;a slight repositioning of the hole for the cord would have redistributed the weight.&nbsp;&nbsp; Still this gives me a lot of ideas (we have such goofy light fixtures in the old apt. where I&nbsp;live).&nbsp; Thanks.
Love the simpleness of it - I&nbsp;REALLY like reflected light, but that wouldn't work so well with a blue ceiling.&nbsp; 'up-aiming' lights are so much less harsh.<br />
Very nice. 5 stars.<br />
<em>Thats quite an amazing idea!<br /> <br /> Really simple instuctable which makes this much <br /> idiot proof. Unfortunately, i cannot do this instructable<br /> because there is&nbsp; no ceiling light fixture&nbsp; in my room, <br /> only a bunch of desk lamps surrounding me at this <br /> desk which is much too crowded already. :P<br /> <br /> -m<br /> <br /> <br /> </em><br />
Thanks!<br /> <br /> You can always make do if you want to, e.g. by running a cable from an outlet, to the ceiling.&nbsp; Alternatively, there are many ways to make creative and stylish desk and floor lamps!<br />

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