Instructables
Picture of wall lamp from old computers
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This is my first instructable, don't be harsh.  If you have any questions I am happy to answer.
I've been building things from electronic waste for years now, for more examples visit my site:
www.jonwald.com

Turn three dead computers into a wall lamp.

Tools:
screwdrivers
allen wrenches
needle nose pliers
wire cutter
wire stripper
solder iron
solder
flux
drill & bits
electric tape


Materials:
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)
switch ($2)
 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.
 
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Step 1: Disassemble everything

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Disassemble the computers and all components.

Step 3: Install sockets

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I was lucky enough to find this metal plate attached to a floppy drive with the perfect hole for a socket I bought from ikea's 'as is' section for $1.

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.

good idea!

 Thats tight