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
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.
Step 2: Install the lamp
You'll want to make sure there's no electricity going to it, so shut off your breakers. I don't have access to the breakers, so I turned off the room light switch, and taped it down while I was working. That way I wouldn't forget and accidentally short something, or get eit'd by an erstwhile suitemate.
It's probably installed with wire nuts, so unscrew those.
Then, take the unterminated end of the lamp you made, strip and expose the appropriate wires (white and black), and connect them where the old one was!