Congratulations! You have graduated from beginner lamp making!! You now have the skills and tools you need to keep making the styles we covered AND to start exploring new lamp frontiers.
If you have hopes and dreams of eventually selling your homemade lamps, here is my take* on the low down.
While it's not illegal to sell a portable (swag pendant, table, or floor) lamp without having the assembly tested and certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, it really gets down to liability, aka who's legally responsible if a lamp you make causes a fire.
If for example, you are making shades or lamp bases only and selling them with commercially pre-assembled and certified cord sets (with the socket, plug, and switch pre-wired) that the customers add to the shade/base themselves, the legal responsibility would fall on the certification lab and the manufacturer of the cord set if something were to happen (like a fire) and you should be free of liability.
If you are doing the assembly/wiring yourself for portable lamps, you can sell them legally without having them tested and certified, but I would consider following the steps outlined below to lower your liability risk:
*This is not legal advice, just my own thoughts on this topic. Be sure to do your own research and move forward with what you think will be best for you.
I hope you've enjoyed this class and that you will continue to keep illuminating the world with your creations.
If you do come up with a new shade or lamp idea that you'd like to share, I encourage you to make an instructable so that everyone can benefit from your smart pants and creative spirit! To create an instructable, click here and to see if your instructable qualifies for any of our awesome contests (with awesome prizes), click here.
Please let me know what you thought of this class by sending me a message via my Instructables member profile page. If you have any suggestions on ways I can improve it, I want to hear about them!
Thanks again and happy making!
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