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This lamp is made from a traffic cone, some old OSB, and a couple of threaded rods. The latex rubber cone actually diffuses and transmits light surprisingly well, but I punched a pattern into it with a soldering iron to let some more light out. The base part is optional, but again, it lets a lot more light out if the cone can be elevated a little bit. A toggle switch mounted in the bottom of an aluminum can sits on top like a nose cone on a rocket.

Cones are available on eBay for cheap, but the shipping can be a bit much. Orphan cones are a dime a dozen in cities, but often too dirty and messed up to use. Please don't steal them from active job sites, because they are safety equipment for someone. Other good places to check are auto salvage yards and the county/municipal dump, because that's where the local government takes their bulk waste.

My cone is 28" tall and 14-3/4" square at the base, and weighed about eight pounds before the lamp parts were added. They come in all different sizes, and you could even make a desktop one out a of a little tiny cone. I used a 75-watt equivalent compact fluorescent. A brighter fixture could eliminate the need for the holes. Do not use conventional bulbs; they get hot enough to damage/burn/melt the cone if there's nowhere for the heat to escape.

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I apologize if some of the pictures are a little blurry, it's very dark in my basement.
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batman963 years ago
You could shoot it with a shotgun and the holes would probably turn out very smooth, eliminating the fumes and the scraping with the pocket knife, and the black burned plastic.
Cool ible.
rockytop594 years ago
Talk about having flash backs< i made one in 1977 with a cone the General Telephone man left behind, It was awsome because it said GENTEL from top to bottom. Made for a good party light in the 70's..thanks for the memories.
Kaiven6 years ago
Hmmm... Where did you get a traffic cone? :P This is cool! Imma rate it 4!
Derin Kaiven5 years ago
You can get them in VLC programs.Not VNC.
I <3 VLC!!! lmao:P
Derin Kaiven6 years ago
they sell them at hardware stores
Kaiven Derin6 years ago
Lol, ok thanks!

But notice how I said "Where did YOU get a traffic cone?"
My friend and I found one while kayaking in a little lake over here.
dam25215 years ago
Nice instructable.
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Hey Real - All kidding aside that is a great idea internal illuminated cones. It seems that if the batteries were contained in the base and LEDs used in the cone surface the ability to stack the cones for storage and transport is maintained. Excellent work! My Cone Hat off to ya!
Derin Foxtrot706 years ago
i saw that in the hardware store
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about 20YTL
Oh...Geezo, Dare I say it...Do some wear them as hats too? OMG! Cone Heads! Take to the hills the Cone Heads are attacking! LOL
babcockja96 years ago
If you put tape on the back side before you drill the will stop the wood from splitting and chipping....then just peel off the tape! :D
Thornburg6 years ago
Looks great, Nice work
really cool! Do you think light will travel trough ticker cones ?
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Nice! I want to make a mini version of this.
make a mini one using leds =D
that'd be cool, having it on your desk and all :p
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Nice instructable, as a suggestion you may want to consider adding a materiasl/tools/ safety step. Nice job on your project.
firesketch6 years ago
Sweet man... so doing this! Man, after I've done all the crazy shizz I have in mind my room's gonna be crezzeh. Props and five stars.
Wow, an idea I've had but not posted, rated and featured, I'm impressed with this one, I never had the afterthought of elevating the cone. As a suggestion to get more light output switch to a CFL 'daylight bulb' they put out more light and in a wider spectrum, they travel through stuff like this really well.