Glowing Pickle

Introduction: Glowing Pickle

Light bulbs are overrated. Sure, they produce decent amounts of light, but come on, why use your fancy LEDs, when you could use Picklebulbs?

Being very easy to construct, these sources of light provide a unique environment, and are a much greener way of doing things compared to the normal way of lighting.

I encourage you, stop wasting your money on light bulbs, and invest in your pickle bulbs, because maybe, just maybe, one day pickles will be the primary light source.


Wood board

2 long nails

5 short screws

A section of three pronged extension cord

Surge protector

And Pickles!

Step 1: Gathering Materials and Tools

For this project, you will need the following materials:

1. Wooden plank/board (I used a 1x3)

2. Screws and Nails (3 long nails, 5 short screws)

3. Section of 3 pronged extension cord (I just took the cord from a broken surge protector)

4. Pickles

You will also need the following Tools:

1. A hammer

2. A drill (screw drivers work too, but take longer)

3. sandpaper

Step 2: Screws and Nails

To start off, sand the two nails to remove any galvanization.

First, Hammer the two nails into the board, about 1.5-2 inches apart. Try to not crack the wood like I did.

Then, put 1 screw into the side of the board, roughly in-between the two nails. remember to sand beneath the head of the screw, to remove any galvanization.

Then, put 1 screw in each corner, in the opposite end of the board. This is so that once everything is complete, the board will not be resting on the ground.

Step 3: Connecting the Wires

Connect the wires as shown. you may need to pull the nails out a small amount, as well as for the screw on the side.

Then, using wire strippers or a knife, strip the wires, and wrap them around their corresponding places.

the green wire goes on the side screw, and the other two go on the nails.

Then, hammer the nails back into place, and screw the screw back.

Step 4: Final Touches

at this point, your nearly ready to go, but just a few more details.

First, Ziptie the cord to the side, as shown, so that it doesn't knock the apparatus over.

Second, plug the apparatus into the surge protector. this is so that you will have a quick way to turn it on and off, and safety, in case your wiring is touching or anything like that.

Lastly, apply the pickle.

you may also want to add a support system for the pickle

otherwise, it will slide down the nail and become less asthetic.

Step 5: FINISH

You're done!

Your new, stylish light is ready to run! plug it in and give it a try.

oh, and keep in mind that the smoke is ineavitable, and if you use this in your house, then your house will smell like burning pickles. So its probably better to not use this inside.

if your pickle is having trouble producing light, then it might be time to get a new pickle.


For your own safety and mine, here are a few warnings:

Do not touch anything that is not the switch on the surge protector whilst the pickle is on.

Do not eat the pickle after using it.

do not inhale the smoke being released from the pickle.


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    Formidable Juvenile
    Formidable Juvenile

    3 years ago

    For Those of you who are seeing this, please note that this instructable was made via my old account. however, I no longer use the email connected to it, and that created an issue when I went to change the email, so I ended up making a new account, and I added this Instructable to it, explaining why the pictures are exactly the same and such. @instructables can you help me delete my old account? (not the one posting this comment)


    I love this project mostly because how dangerous it is.You should probably listen to mr.kode1303.That cucumber didn't know what his life was going to be until he was stuck is a jar of vinegar then stabbed into electrical spikes.hahaThis project is dangerous be carful.

    Formidable Juvanile
    Formidable Juvanile

    Reply 4 years ago

    its dangerous, but as long as you don't touch the pickle while in use, or you touch both spikes, then you're safe. I've touched the negative rod before, and im fine, but it does feel weird.... dont follow my example though..... dont touch it.


    4 years ago

    It should be noted, that this is HIGHLY DANGEROUS and should not be done outside a school lab under professional supervision.

    Formidable Juvanile
    Formidable Juvanile

    Reply 4 years ago

    yes I have done this many times. if you leave the pickle out and it dries, then you re-use it, it sparks after awhile. #Egyptianscience but you know, its really your common sense that decides the level of danger. but yes, it is dangerous. as long as you use and extension cord, it will not cause damage to your house.