Introduction: Lightbulb "green"house
The incandescent light bulb is the ultimate symbol of wasted energy. Since I don't use them anymore I wanted to transform them into something green instead of throwing them away.
This project was inspired by an ad I saw in the June 08 edition of Popular Science.
THIS INSTRUCTABLE REQUIRES THE USE OF DANGEROUS TOOLS AND SHARP GLASS. I ACCEPT NO LIABILITY FOR ANYTHING!
Step 1: Materials
-An old lightbulb. Best if burned out, but if its going to just sit and collect dust thats fine too.
-Epoxy. Best glue ever!
-7/16" socket. Holds the bulb on
-Some rubber part from my bike.
-Thing that goes between shower head and tiles
-Small plastic cup
-Drill, drill bit
Step 2: Prepare the Lightbulb
Start by using pliers to pull the bottom contact off of the lightbulb.
Next use the file to break out the glass between the two contacts.
Break out the glass on the inside and use the file to smooth the edges.
Clean the white powder out of the lightbulb. You can do this with a rag, water or a compressor (not recommended).
Step 3: Prepare the Base
Using a drill (press) widen the hole in the bottom of the socket.
Use pliers to widen the hole in the bottom of the lightbulb until the socket fits snugly.
Epoxy the socket to the rubber piece. Let it dry for at least twenty minutes.
Epoxy that to the shower part. Let it dry for another twenty minutes.
Step 4: Add a Plant or Plant Seeds
This step is self explanatory. Either add a plant or seeds.
Step 5: Use It
Now all you have to do is fill the cup with soil and seeds (or small plants), put the base on it, then put the lightbulb over it.
Place it in a well lit window sill and occasionally water it
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