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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

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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.
=SMART=5 years ago
Cool, i like how you attach the light to the ceiling, very clever :)
Also awesome hammock !
Mind me asking what you are studying atm ?
stasterisk (author)  =SMART=5 years ago
Thanks!  If it's not clear from my workbench, I do electrical engineering with a sprinkling of computer science
Haha yea saw your workbench, that's what made me wonder :D
randofo5 years ago
Awww... you should have left the handle on.

Perhaps you should cover up the exposed wiring with something. The pitcher's lid? A serving tray? That frisbee in that picture?
stasterisk (author)  randofo5 years ago
Heh, perhaps -- it would have hung sideways, though.

I'd like to!  I'll get my blue paint back out, at very least -- but that frisbee is a tool!  I use it as the perfect shallow and nonreactive dish for soaking my board etches in :)
Hmm,  a slight repositioning of the hole for the cord would have redistributed the weight.   Still this gives me a lot of ideas (we have such goofy light fixtures in the old apt. where I live).  Thanks.
frollard5 years ago
Love the simpleness of it - I REALLY like reflected light, but that wouldn't work so well with a blue ceiling.  'up-aiming' lights are so much less harsh.
Very nice. 5 stars.
Its Giggles5 years ago
Thats quite an amazing idea!

Really simple instuctable which makes this much
idiot proof. Unfortunately, i cannot do this instructable
because there is  no ceiling light fixture  in my room,
only a bunch of desk lamps surrounding me at this
desk which is much too crowded already. :P


stasterisk (author)  Its Giggles5 years ago

You can always make do if you want to, e.g. by running a cable from an outlet, to the ceiling.  Alternatively, there are many ways to make creative and stylish desk and floor lamps!