Light Bulb Lamps

Oh what to do with the light bulb now that you're basking in the efficient glow of your CFLs? Well, you could convert them into these light bulb lamps as Sergio Silva has done. It's a pretty sweet item with neodymium magnets holding them in place on an included acrylic plate with embedded bits of steel.However, the price tag is $650 for the set which is pretty flippin' ridiculous for what can be remade with scrap and $10 of materials, if that. To be fair, the light bulbs Silva makes are sturdier than the regular item, are all made by the original artist, and are limited to a run of 66. So you're buying some design-y street cred before they get knocked off and sold for one-tenth the price. Linkvia bbgadgets

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Removing the stamp on a bulb

Hi!  Just a really quick question: Is there a way to remove the stamp on the bottom of a light bulb (you know, the bit that says the number of watts and the manufacturer) without damaging the bulb? Thanks for the reply.

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have three bulb , on first one bulb lighted on again two bulb lighted?

Have three bulb first time switch on it will on the center bulb second time switch on it will on the other two corner bulb but the center bulb will be off

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Cutting off the top of a light bulb

Hello! I'm having a problem and have ruined quite a bit of incandescent light bulbs over it: I need to open the thing just below the thread and I have no idea how. I've tried doing it with an X-acto knife, but it never breaks evenly, and usually, there are tiny cracks along the edge. Anybody out there have experience doing this and any words of wisdom? Thanks in advance :)

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How remove coating from lightbulb? Answered

Anyone have an idea what the inside of this light bulb is coated with, and how to remove it? It's not the usual white powdery coating. It's darker and a little clearer. I tried the salt method, but it did nothing.

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Change pendant light bulb?

I have three teardrop pendant lights over my counter; one light bulb burnt out. I tried to change the bulb but it does not screw in - not sure what type of bulb this is? Really, I've changed light bulbs forever, but can't figure this one out. Search You Tube and DIY for a video but only found typical light bulbs or recessed lights. Your help is much appreciated.

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Giant Hanging Light Bulb Lamp

I'm wanting to create a giant hanging light bulb lamp, similar to the ones I've uploaded, but I'm not really sure how I would go about doing it. I think I would make it out of plastic. So I would need to create a mold and then make two halves on a vacuum form, but I have no experience doing that. I'm not sure how I would make a mold of a giant light bulb, what materials to use and how to make it. I had thought about maybe cutting something out on a lathe but I don't have a lathe and it seems like it would have to be pretty big. I also thought about paper mache but I was afraid it might be too bumpy and light bulbs are smooth. Also once I have created the vacuum form plastic halves how I would attach them together with out having a large seam show.

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Toshiba has stopped making incandescent bulbs after 120 years

Lighting has taken another step towards energy efficiency as Toshiba stopped making incandescent bulbs yesterday. It will now be focusing more on other lighting such as LEDs. This is all great news as incandescents wasted a lot of energy as heat instead of lighting. Now with a greater focus on the energy-efficient options we can expect to see quality and efficiency improve as prices come down. Lights out on Incandescent Bulb Production at Toshiba via inhabitat http://www.flickr.com/photos/laszlo-photo/ / CC BY 2.0

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Searching for new instructables!

Hello everyone! I am the founder of Light Bulb (Group) and am currently looking to finish placing all of the instructables related to the group. I have found all of the items worth putting on this group that were under the following seaerch terms: Light Bulb Bulb Right now I need help with LED and any other ones you can think of, if you finish off a search for this group, please post your search term here! Lukethebook333

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Can I mix LED bulbs with regular bulbs in a set of track lights?

I put track lights in my kitchen several years ago. I recently found some LED bulbs but they cost around $15-30 each. Can I mix different bulbs in track set?...$60.00 is a little steep. I'm hoping for less light / heat output.

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More Old Light Bulb Action!

Instructables users have inspired others yet again. Using LinuxH4x0r's Light Bulb Greenhouse and the dual homemade responses to the $650 Light Bulb Lamp--by bumpus and CYNICALifornia--as a starting point, Treehugger has added to the list of ways to reuse old incandescent light bulbs. Plenty of options to both make something useful and help protect the environment at the same time.Link

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I have a light bulb conundrum? Answered

 I have a house circuit of 3 sockets, one per bulb, the first socket has had more burnt bulbs than the rest of the circuit, as a matter of fact, 3 times as many! is wattage the problem? thanks

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How do I rig a light bulb in my dogs house for warmth?

I want to rig a light bulb in my dogs' house so he can keep warm.  I want to put some kind of wire cage around the bulb so he doesn't get burned on it.  I also want to put the cord running to the wall outlet outside in some kind of cover so he doesn't chew the wire.

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What gauge wire should I use for 8 light bulbs? Answered

I am wiring eight 25W light bulbs in parallel. What is the thinnest gauge wire I can safely use?

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How can I make my own ledlamp (bulb model) 230V?

These are extreme expensive at the moment, so how to construct your own. I'm thinking the equivalent for a 60w 40w and 25w bulb with the warm colour of the regular bulbs.

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Is Ikea the only place that recycles incandescent light bulbs as well?

CFL bulbs need to be recycled properly due to mercury content, and there are many places: Park districts, hardware stores, Ikea, etc. that recycle CFL bulbs. However, I haven't found any place that recycles incandescent bulbs, I searched online and they say, they don't contain any toxic chemicals and can be thrown in trash and not curbside recycling. However can't the glass be reused to make new bulbs? I am sure they can reuse the glass, and the filament is probably too hard to recycle but the glass could be. I know Ikea recycles incandescent bulbs as well, but why aren't there any other companies that do? Also LED bulbs, I guess dead LED bulbs can either be returned to manufacturer if it has warranty, or in electronic recycle.

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Where can I get the brightest LED light bulbs for 120v?

I am interested in PAR bulbs and reading lamps.

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How could you hack an incandescent light bulb to last longer?

I found a youtube video (can't find it now) that showed how to attach a silicon diode to the cap of a bulb before inserting into the socket. Apparently this reduces the power so the filament burns cooler and lasts for several years in constant use. However the video wasn't very clear, especially for someone like me who knows little about electronics. Could someone do a fool-proof hack instructable? There was also mention of a commercial version which I can't find anywhere. It was a diode-cap combo that you place between the bulb cap and the socket. Or are there any other ideas? It would be timely with all the health concerns over CFLs and the imminent  lack of availability of incandescents! With thanks.

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Hand-blown Sculpture Amazes, Illuminates

Take a good look at these crazy and beautiful hand-blown light sculptures. Prices are in the range of $200 - $1,300 and look like they're not recommended if you have small kids in the house, but hey, they come with a free filament replacement. artist pagevia BoingBoing

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How to connect a bulb to a video door phone?

The video door phone uses four wires and it is connected with an 8 core cable, that leaves me with 4 free wires. What I want to do is connect a bulb somewhere in the middle of the cable so that when the doorbell is pressed the bulb is swiched on and off again when the screen switches off after about 8 seconds. Thanks in advance

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LED Grow lights for indoor plants?

I have a lamp with a couple of multi-color changing LED light bulbs and I was wondering if any of the red/blue combination settings would work well for growing plants indoors? This is a photo of the type of bulb I have.  I have a couple of non-edible plants that I got at a craft store and I was just wondering if this type of bulb would work well and help them grow since I can't get these plants into direct sunlight.  Thank you Instructaverse! 

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How many white leds(super bright white leds) would I need to produce the same brightness as a 60w, 240V spotlight bulb.

I have a standard lamp that uses two separate 60w, 240v filament spotlight bulbs. What I want to do is convert it to using white leds or super bright white leds- one led disc to replace a bulb. What i need to know is: how many leds of this sort I would need to use on one led disk to produce the same amount of light as one of the above bulbs.

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Hi, Are there any known screw-in compact flouresant bulbs that will work with an electronic timer?

I have an electronic wall switch timer, I believe the brand is intermatic, if I attempted to use a compact flouresant bulb, it does'nt work properly. Is there a CFL made to work w/ my timer, or is there a special timer made to work w/ these type of bulbs? Thanks

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Can I connect a bulb to a video door phone?

The video door phone uses four wires and it is connected with an 8 cord cable, that leaves me with 4 free wires. What I want to do is connect a bulb somewhere in the middle of the cable so that when the doorbell is pressed the bulb is swiched on and off again when the screen switches off after about 8 seconds. Thanks in advance

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What plants can/should i use for my steam-punk light bulb terrarium?

I decided to build a light bulb terrarium and took a steam punk spin on it using pipes as the base. What plants can/should i use that will grow up the through pipes(only 2 or 3 inches tall) and still look nice in the bulbs?

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Anyone know or sujest a way to clean out the paint inside a cfl bulb?

I want to clean out the inside glass of a CFL bulb to make a bubblier. Using a small tube to pump air & water threw the glass bulb.I've tried waiting a day, soaking in soapy water, I tried using a pipe cleaner, (broke the glass), I tried pulling a string with tissue paper, (broke again). Is there a chemical I can use to brake up the paint in the bulb, so I can clean it out with running water later. At the moment I'm trying soaking in peroxide or rubbing alcohol. If that doson't work I'm going for acetone next. After that I'm out of ideas.

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What driver/ power supply do I need to wire up two 12v led MR16 bulbs? Answered

I am designing and making a lamp for a technology project at school and after doing lots of comparisons found these bulbs which seem to have a good spec. Mr16 LED DC 12v 3.8w 270lm White I wish to have two of these bulbs wired up with separate switches so that I can control them independently, how do I wire these up? Do I need a special lighting/LED driver or will a standard AC-DC 12v transformer (wall wart) suffice? If so can anyone recommend any that will do the job and post a link. I would also like to go for the most affordable option. On the bulb webpage this 20W Variable microdriver LED driver is recommended for someone wiring up 5 bulbs. is this overkill for what I want? I am ordering the bulbs from rapid online so if they sell something suitable please link me to that. Thanks to anyone who can help me.

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I would love to know if there is a way to create a xenon flash unit that can be used over and over for the Print Gocco?

At present the Print Gocco requires a flash with two single use bulbs for every screen to be created. Obviously, since Gocco's manufacturer is no longer making the bulbs, a new flash unit is needed to replace them and also eliminate the waste of each bulb.

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Has anyone ever made a room furnace with a light bulb? I've heard of using light bulbs contained in a metal box. Answered

Any ideas. This principle could work along the same lines as an oil hot water heater pumped through a radiator (you know those 300 lb.+ radiators from older houses), but using the bulb in place of the hot water.. If it was portable, that would be great. I could make a nice cover or wood cabinet around it myself. What would be a good metal to line it with that could magnify the heat of a light bulb. Obviously, this would need to be a safe product. Getting a little warm on the outside is not a problem in our home. I mostly just need some idea as to what metal to use to magnify the heat of the bulb. Thank you in advance for any help or ideas.

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Does anybody know how to fix an economic light bulb from blinking?

I've started changing the light bulbs at home. I want to use economic ones like the one in the picture. The only problem that I have is that when I turn off the light , the bulb starts blinking. I have a power switch similar to the one in the picture. It has a little lamp behind the red dots that goes on when you turn out the light. It helps you find the switch in the dark. I heard from someone that the blinking is related to this lamp. Does anybody know how to fix this? without removing the little lamp in the switch

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DIY LED Growlights from LED Xmas bulb strings

I just got an Aerogarden for Xmas and it is a pretty neat little unit, but it has some annoying and expensive problems. The biggest one is that it uses CF bulbs that are on 16 hours a day, and they say that you need to replace the bulbs every 6 months, because the spectrum of the bulbs change as they age, making the plants grow less well. I did some research and found that the Weed industry has created a solution: LED arrays with a combination of red and blue LEDs (the color frequencies plants thrive on). These arrays are very long lived and use less than 1/2 the power of the CF bulbs in the Aerogarden. The problem is that even the cheap ones (200 LEDs) are $50, and you would need 2 for complete coverage in the Aerogarden. Then I had a brainstorm! LED Xmas Lights. They are already wired, ready to mount on a panel, and you can get Red and Blue strings of 100 on ebay for about $10 incl shipping. I don't know if they are the right Red and Blue, but it is an interesting experiment. Even if it does not work, you are set for Xmas lights for next year.

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How can I use a 50w bulb in a 150w socket?

I am converting alp720 lamp into a regular lamp for easy replacement. I can get it all to work, save two problems, 1 I have to hold in the reset button because the lamp is not tied to the circuitry and 2 I have to have an extra cord to run the light. Can I short the system somehow and run the wiring from the on off switch itself?

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How do I fit a homemade chandelier with lights?

I want to fit a chandelier, I made at home, with either LEDS, if they can produce enough light to fill a small room, or Compact fluorescent bulbs. How do connect various bulbs to one cord that can be wired into the ceiling and plugged into an outlet. As a side question are lights that are wired into the wall just electrical cord plugs with the head stripped off?

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What should I do to the bare light bulbs in the basement to make them pretty?

Its a very low ceiling. I have some translucent colored vellum (8.5x11). There are several bare lights. My housemates and I want to make a living area down there, there are some couches and a carpet. The walls are stone/concrete (unfinished). General decorating tips are also welcome. I was thinking about star shaped covers, or pin prick art, or something.

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electrical safety question Answered

1) how many 100 watt equivalent bulbs can i safely run into a normal heavier guage orange household extension cord? 2) can it be unsafe to leave the extension cord plugged in and powering the safest number of light bulbs on for days and weeks at a time?

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why does one bulb keep on blowing, while others on the same circut dont? Answered

I have a alarm system at home that turns on a 12v circut when the alarm is active.  Attached to this I have 3 12v globes (the kind you find in old car indicator lights connected in parallel.  The one globe keeps on blowing.  Each bulb lasts about 3 days (this would total to about 40hrs total on time tops. The other two lights never give me any issues.  Any hints on what to look for?

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What are the most energy efficent light bulbs? how to be more eco-friendly around the house?

I picked up my first ever issue of Mother Earth News and I absolutely loved it. What are some small things I could do to help save the planet?

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Chandelier Made from Lightbulbs

Chandeliers made form lightbulbs!link via ivan.veretelnyk.

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New LED lightbulbs shine light in all directions

GE is going to be releasing a new LED lightbulb early next year that shines light in all directions, like a normal bulb, instead of one direction like they do now. The bulb will use 9 watts and shine as much light as a 40-watt incandescent. It will also last for 17 years. The drawback is the cost, which will be $40-$50, but it does provide an efficient lighting option for those who don't like the light from CFLs. No word about the blades on the side, however. GE Unveils New Omnidirection LED Bulb That Will Last 17 Years

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Lightbulb terrarium

What kinds of plants would be good for a lightbulb terrarium? :) I'm talking about the regular house bulb.

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Can I use steel wool as a filament for a homemade lightbulb? Answered

I want to use steel wool as a filament for a homemade light bulb.  I would like it to just glow, like a soft red or orange.  Is there a reason why this wouldn't work?  I know tungsten is ideal for a filament but at a lower temperature I can't think of a reason why steel filament shouldn't be alright.  I figure I should pass it by the all knowing Internet first though.  Oh by the way, the steel wool would be enclosed in a vaccuum or in a container filled with inert gas.  I would use this Instructable as a base for my project  https://www.instructables.com/id/Hanging-Bottle-Light-Bulb/  .  Thanks for your help.

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Is there any way to convert 110 volts ac to 12 volts dc for a high powere led?

I know led's are 12 volt dc but i'm wondering if there would be a small circut that would reduce the voltage and turn to dc also what would be better for a led light bulb one high powered led or a few smaller ones

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incandescents: more ideas for recycling!?

Soon they'll be banned, but not extinct!  They're everywhere!  Lightbulb glass is no fun to get rid of, so let's get cleverer (more clever?) with the reuse ideas!

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how to make or where to get a trigger for a homemade air gun?

I don't know where to get the blowgun bulb... please tell me where to get or what other material i could use to make the trigger...

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