Step 3: Install the Lamp Holder

Strip off about 1/2" of insulation from the lamp holder pigtails and the bulb holder pigtails. Connect the lamp holder pigtails to the bulb holder pigtails using the wire nuts. Twist the wires together before screwing on the wire nuts.

CAUTION: Attaching the wire nuts correctly is very important. Life threatening voltages and fire danger will be present if not done correctly. If you don't know how to use wire nuts correctly, consult with a professional or expert to learn how to do it safely.

After connecting the wire nuts (and tugging them to insure they won't fall off later), tape them securely with electricians tape. Do a really good job to prevent later problems.

Use the cable ties to secure the lamp holder to the light structure. Then, replace the heat shield to conceal the wire nut connection -- this is very important! If the wire nuts fail, then the metal heat shield will prevent injury or fire danger.

Always remember to treat your CFL's with respect. Don't break them and don't dispose of them in household trash. If broken, you must use special cleaning procedures. For disposal, take them to a recycler.

Now, go and enjoy all the benefits of your CFL Torchiere lights -- nice, diffused, reflected light. Tell all your friends. Ahhh, life is good.
nice idea. how well concealed is the clunky cfl bulb in the shallow dish of the torchiere? (i'm not all that tall so that might help) they make light sockets with a little L bracket that's bendable... you could probably get that on the center nut to keep it more rigid than the ziptie? right behind me i have that steel racking with g4 towers just like in your picture -- i better do the mod!
Thanks for the complements. Last time I looked, I was able to find CFL's that are a little smaller than before. So concealing them should be more or less possible. If you get ambitious, and try to install more than two CFL's, then that's a different story. There is room for lot's of improvement with this design. A cable-tie works, but a metal L-bracket would be better. I do like the all-weather bulb holder though, it's all rubbery and cushioned like that. I'd like to try a three-CFL or even a four-CFL just to see if it's possible. I'd also like to try an LED bulb in a year or two when they cost less $$. One thing to keep in mind though, most torchiere lights have a dimmer switch. CFL bulbs don't like dimmer switches. I recommend replacing the dimmer switch with a simple on/off switch. There's a later instructable similar to this one where they DO replace the dimmer switch. Yeah, I also like racks of G4's -- G5's even better, bet use what we have.
I just did a halogen to CFL conversion with my torchiere. I replaced the halogen with two 60w CFL's. I used this instructable and another similar instructable. Took me about 15 easy minutes. Thanks for the idea and great instructable!
Just in case you didn't already know, they make fluorescent torchieres that use the big 2C & 2D bulbs and are almost as bright as the halogen ones. They're a bit dimmable. If you're going to buy a new torchiere, they're definitely the thing to get.
ahahaha, I dunno why, but I thought that you were going to replace the pole of the lamp with those long tube florescents! But, I didn't know those things had halogens on top! that's not a fire hazard...
Interesting idea.<br/><br/>Halogen torchiere are a well known fire hazard. Google &quot;halogen torchiere fire hazard&quot; and you will find many stories. e.g., <br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb4360/is_199802/ai_n15233370">http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb4360/is_199802/ai_n15233370</a><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.nyserda.org/Press_Releases/press_archives/2002/10_16_02.asp">http://www.nyserda.org/Press_Releases/press_archives/2002/10_16_02.asp</a><br/>
I've seen the fire hazard of halogens in person. Someone I knew tried to dim his light by sticking some clothing over it. I didn't know it was a halogen and so we went with it. a minute later the rooms filled with smoke and we're dealing with the flaming underwear. I can just see bugs catching on fire with those things. Halogens are great, just they get really hot... and if not used carefully are a huge hazard.
Sadly, that was one of my favorite pastimes, we'd sit out on the porch with a torchiere on and watch the puffs of smoke as moths and whatnot got to close to/fell into the intense light.
Almost anything that is hot will do this though, and anything that gets very warm will get way hotter if you put insulating undies over it! Even a regular light bulb or a regular bulb replacement fluorescent will get hot enough to cause problems if you block the air flow. And never dump your clothes on the floor on top of your power strip with a couple of wall warts in it, as it might burn things!
hey we have that exact same one At least, we did I still have the black version
Hey Vertigo666, I like your instructable! Great topic. I did a search for some common terms before doing my writeup, but somehow missed yours. Anyway, it just goes to show what a great idea this is. Great minds think alike Halogen torchiere lights pull gobs of power from the nations power grid. This simple mod will defeat the halogen hegemony ;-) Go CFL!
Hey thanks!
It would be nice to see a picture of the final lamp (from the top) with the heat shield in place. Great Instructable.
That will be posted early in September. I promise.

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