The Lamp of Mrs. Steam

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Introduction: The Lamp of Mrs. Steam

About: I am a home constructor, an inventor and a dreamer. If you ask me who guided me and who inspired me then this people comes in mind: Carl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, James Watt, Thomas Alva Edison, Nicolas Tesla...

A couple of weeks ago, I found a great tube bulb. It is 50cm long and has a central plug to mount it in a special holder.
I was infected by the idea of having a dimmer on the top of the lamp.

Here is the step by step instructable how to build such a lamp.

Have fun.


Horatius Steam

Step 1: The Parts

You need:
  • Some pieces of plywood
  • Some cabling
  • A dimmer modul
  • Some connectors
  • A mains plug and a mains cable
  • Some brass parts
  • Some screws and nuts
  • A mains switch

Step 2: Building the Stand

I glued some pieces of woof together for the top of the case.
Than I drilled the hole for the switch

After this I cut the inner part of the stand to have some room for the cabling.

Then I glued the top to the inner part and prepared the buttom plate.

Step 3: The Lamp and Dimmer Holder

I cut two round pieces of wood for the top of the case
Than I cut a round piece into two parts
I cut the inner part of one wooden pieces for the stand
(Picture one and two)

Than I glued the round pieces on top of the stand
After this I drilled the mounting holes and teh hole for the dimmer.
(Picture three to four)

At least i mounted the poti for the dimmer and mounted the parts together.
(Picture five)

Step 4: The Cabling

The cabling is easy:

From the mains switch to the dimmer module.
From the module to the lamp holder.

Have fun :-)

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    11 Comments

    you should buy some of those bulbs and sell them on ebay I am in America and cannot even read German to order those let alone find a socket for one if you do sell them on ebay sell with a socket and let me know I would buy one in a heart beat

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    Hi Raven,

    if you like to have one including the socket I can buy it for you and send it tho your address.

    With kind regards,

    H. Steam

    Where did you find the Tube Bulb? It is so cool I have never seen one before. Are they expensive & can they be ordered online?

    1 reply

    In Germany its called "Stablampe" and you can by it here:
    http://www.manufactum.de/stablampe-klarglas-p1444184/?c=172314

    With kind regards,


    H. Steam

    Would you be so kind as to post a picture of it in profile, I'd like to see the way the bulb stands out from the front.

    2 replies

    Thank you for that extra effort, I like the effect that projecting the lamp away from the base has.

    Beautiful as always!
    I wonder though where did you get that metal (metallic looking) decorative plate that we see in the second picture in the first set of pictures... It's a nice design and looks like it could be brass...

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    The plate is taken from an brass earring... similar to THIS.

    I hope this will help.

    Ah ha! I see!
    That reminds me quite a bit about some of the premade beads and charms you find at a lot of arts and crafts stores... Now if only I could find some that are genuine brass... the less expensive ones are either plastic (yuck!) or some cheaper metal, like aluminum.

    Thanks for the tip and as always,
    Best Wishes and Happy Making!
    ~ (DJ) Electfire
    (Amongst many other names)

    Wow! Yet another museum quality work of art! Is there a steampunk museum in Germany yet for you to show your wares?;-)