Step 1: Materials
One 24" gooseneck pipe
One 1/8 IPS threaded pipe (approximately 4 1/2")
One edison socket with a 90 degree 1/8F cap
One toggle switch
Two female connectors (1/2" or 1/4" pieces of pipe threaded on the inside)
Electric wire and plug (I used an old unused extension cord I had hanging around, and for inside the lamp, when I found the extension cord too thick to wire easily, I cut up an extra computer power cord I had and used the smaller wires from that).
One weighted base
An LED JRD bulb
Not pictured in the group photo, but important nonetheless, a small rubber ring to protect the electrical cord as it enters the can.
Also forgotten in the group picture, you'll need 2 or 3 wire connectors
I tried to use as many items as possible from old, broken lights and appliances (including the light base -- it had been in my closet for years waiting for its turn to shine...) but some things I got from
and the light I got from
Hurry, though, because Don is selling off his inventory and moving on to other things... you'll be able to find similar lights elsewhere, but you won't find such a good deal.
Step 2: Prepare the Base Can
Note: if your weighted base is designed with a passage for the electrical cord you won't need to drill the third hole near bottom of your can
Step 3: Prepare the Pipe
Step 4: Assemble Small Parts
Step 5: Test the Length of the Threaded Pipe
If it's too long, chop off a chunk and test it again. Too short, either use a longer adaptor or get another piece of pipe. Once it all fits snugly together, take off the weighted base and the threaded pipe. Leave on the gooseneck pipe (attached on the inside to the female adaptor).
Step 6: Wire the Base
White is neutral, it starts from the wider of the 2 prongs on the american plug and connects directly to the socket. Usually it's the ribbed side when both wires are the same color.
Black is hot. On my extension cord it was the smooth side. Sometimes it is the side with printed writing. Starting from the narrow prong it goes through the on/off switch to the middle of the socket.
In this case, after the cord goes into the can cut the hot wire and connect it to one of the wires from the toggle switch (it doesn't matter which). Then connect the other wire from the toggle switch to the socket using a spare piece of wire (preferably black to avoid confusion).
I first tried to wire the whole lamp with my extension cord, but the wires were too thick and it was too hard to push them through. Instead, I slit open a spare computer power cord and used the smaller, color coded wires I found there.
After connecting the hot wire to the toggle switch, push both hot and neutral wire through your hole in the threaded pipe, and up the gooseneck pipe.
Screw the threaded pipe into the gooseneck via the female adaptor inside the can.
Step 7: Prepare the Top
Drill the hole so your pipe fits through.
Step 8: Wire the Top
Take your socket apart.
Optional, to center the socket:
Put a small piece of threaded pipe into the female cap on the socket
Put the female connector onto the back of the socket
Without the can, attach this to the gooseneck pipe to make sure it will all tighten nicely together. If necessary you can use a washer or 2. Take it all apart.
Fit the gooseneck pipe through the hole you made in the can.
Thread your wires through the base of your socket (don't forget the washers, if you're using them!).
Screw it all together by holding the socket steady and swinging the gooseneck and base around.
Connect your wires to the socket.
Screw the socket together.
It will just take one person to screw on the lightbulb.
Step 9: Read!
But if you don't like the look, the next step will show you an alternative...