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.