I've been building things from electronic waste for years now, for more examples visit my site:
Turn three dead computers into a wall lamp.
needle nose pliers
drill & bits
3 computer towers - you can find obsolete electronics at local recycling facilities or businesses if you don't happen to have a surplus of electronics.
- or ask a neighbor - around 2/3 Americans have dead computers taking up space in a closet.
16 gauge wire
wire frame/shelf (from closet organizer)
3x light socket (< $3ea)
3x cfl bulb (bulk $1ea)
1x small light socket (+ cord in my case / as-is ikea $1)
1x small cfl bulb ($4 2pack)
15' extension cord ($2 ikea)
If you can find an old radio, they have great capacitors.
Please DO NOT attempt this unless you have some experience with basic electrical wiring.
Step 2: Connect the three cases
Step 3: Install sockets
Drill holes to connect the metal plate (holes 1 & 2).
Drill holes for the three main lights (holes 3,4 &5). See image for placement (near center of each shell).
Connect the center socket, metal plate and body.
Connect three regular sockets using the wire from 15' extension cord.
My sockets came from lowe's and were easy to install.
Connect all positives, all negatives. (Save space for a switch)
Review basic wiring for light fixtures if you have questions.
Cover with electrical tape.
Step 4: Attach hanging wire
Separate the two inner holes by 18-20 inches so it can hang from two studs (assuming studs are 16" apart).