Many nights I have spent crammed under an old car trying to find a problem.
My only warmth is the cozy glow of my 60w incandescent lead light.
I developed quite a friendship in those gloomy hours.
If I moved an inch, my world be delved into darkness.
My friend was never far behind, his flank a blinding glance of glowing rays.
The darkness is not, while you are by my side my friend.
With friendships they have their woes.
The hissing kiss of the cage to face, the sting, the burn.
The forgetting I'm under a car and throwing my head up and connecting it with the chassis.
The recoil from the impact and the reflex to redraw.
The impact with the concrete.
The lesson had been learnt. I will not do this again my friend.
I have spent many years with you my friend. Your elegant glow of electrons across you beautiful filament. Your yellow rays so subtle yet so captivating.
My friend it is time for you to go.
Better things lie ahead, but you will not be forgotten.
Your warmth, your friendship, they will not know what we had, what we could have been.
This is a simple project you too can re-create at home to symbolise the death of the Incandescent.
It is oddly symbolic that the newer more efficient LeD is running the whole affair.
I chose to use a fluctuating orange LeD to represent the idea of a Incandescent flickering right before it goes out.
You will need:
~ 1 x Incandescent light globe.
Slightly used but loved . Frosted or not, it just personal preference yet frosted will hide your LeD and wiring giving a more natural appearance. Here mine is frosted.
~ 1 x LeD
Any color will do. Obviously an orange LeD will give a more realistic look to it. A white LeD may give a crisp appealing look to the globe.
~ 1 x 3V coin battery cell
Other combinations of batteries will also work.
~ 2 x Wires pieces
About 5 cm each.
~ 1 x Tape
Electrical tape is preferred.
Use gloves and protective eye wear.
Remove insides as per the multiple 'Ible's posted at the moment....
Tap, tap, tap, crunch, crunch, crunch, tip out small bits....
Join your LeD in a suitable fashion to take on the general shape to position it mid globe.
Insert coin battery/LeD unit inside globe.
Re-crimp bottom flange over coin battery.
There you go, your very own energy efficient tribute to an un-efficient lighting source...
In tribute to my friend the Incandescent.
1800(Platinum Filament Sir Humphrey davy) -2008