Upcycled RetroPhone Lamp




Introduction: Upcycled RetroPhone Lamp

About: Hi, I am Gosha, I am originally from Moscow but studying and living in Germany now. I love making stuff with my hands :)

I've found an old phone on a flea market the other day and decided to build a lamp out of it. It turned out pretty nicely so I want to share the process with you. Please be careful with all the tools, do not mess with electricity unless you know the safety measures and realize the dangers.


Step 1: Put on Your Safety Glasses

Better be safe than sorry! Besides, they look cool. At least, I hope so.

Step 2: Disassemble the Phone and the Handset

Remove the screws from the base panel, unplug the cables.

Unscrew the covers of the speaker and the microphone, remove the magnets.

Step 3: Drill the Hole for the Gooseneck

Step 4: Prepare the Hole for the LED

My LED has a diameter of 5cm and it fits perfectly into the speaker of the handset. Note that the speaker and the mic covers are exchangeable and since the mic cover has a bigger perforated area, it is easier to cut a hole in there.

  • Take a compasses and set it at around 2,3cm, set the dull end into the center hole of the mic cover and scratch a circle into the plastic
  • Repeat the first step with the backside of the cover (remove the rubbery part, but do not throw it away!)
  • Deepen the circle scratch with a cutter
  • Drill the holes with a 10mm bit
  • Cut out the plastic with a wire cutter
  • Break out the rest of the plastic - if the circle scratch has been done properly, the plastic will break neatly
  • Clean up the edge with a cutter and a sandpaper

Step 5: Put the LED in Place

Step 6: Prepare the Wiring

  • Double the length of your gooseneck to get the right length of the power cable. In my case it's 2 x 20 cm = 40 cm. The inner diameter of the gooseneck is only 4,8mm so it's a tight fit for the cable - I decided to take off the black cover and only put the blue and brown cables.
  • Strip the wires from both ends for about 5mm

Step 7: Put the Wires Through the Gooseneck and Into the Handset

The original hole for the phone cable was a bit tight, so I had to drill through with an 8mm bit.

  • OPTIONAL - Drill a second hole below the main one. This will come in handy if you'd like to wrap the original black wire around the gooseneck like I did.
  • Secure the gooseneck both in the handset and in the base with nuts.

Step 8: Secure the Wires With a Terminal

Then close the cover

Step 9: Drill a Hole for the Switch in the Base

My switch has a 10mm neck = 10mm bit works great

In my opinion, this switch looks best on the right front corner, but it really doesn't matter where you put it - just make sure the cables are long enough to reach it. I learned it the hard way ;)

Step 10: Wire the Switch

I usually put the brown wires into the switch and connect the blue cables with a terminal

Step 11: Check on the Chicken - You Are Hungry and Don't Want to Burn It!

Looks good. Back to work.

Step 12: Test Drive

It works!

Step 13: Dirty Harry

Load the glue gun and secure all the connections, wires, nuts, etc.

Step 14: Almost There!

Step 15: Optional - Wrap the Gooseneck With the Cable

I like the look of the black phone cable more than the shiny metallic gooseneck, so I put a layer of black duct tape on the metal and then apply the double-sided tape on it. Then I tightly wrap the original black phone cable around the gooseneck.

I also realized that the white of the switch did not fit into the color scheme and painted it black.

Step 16: YAY!

Well done: less plastic went into the landfills and now I have a cool lamp!

If you liked the build, let me know in the comments :)

If you feel a bit too lazy to make one of these, you can get a lamp like this from my shop.

Support and feedback will be appreciated ;)


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    8 hours ago

    A very cool idea, excited to see your next projects