CONCRETE LAMP

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Intro: CONCRETE LAMP

Make your own concrete lamp very easily with this instructable!

I use it on my bedside table...

Step 1: Materials & Tools

* WARNING *
This DIY is designed to be used in Europe at 220 volts. The plug and lamp holder must be changed to be used in other parts of the world.

Electricity can kill, be very careful with connections and insulation.

You will need:

  • Mold (I used a plastic pot)
  • Power cable with switch (You can make your own custom power cable, you just need a male plug, a switch and a power cable of the desired length.)
  • E27 lamp holder (Or another holder if you want another type of lamp bulb)
  • Cement
  • Sand
  • Insulation tape
  • Paper tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mini dril

Step 2: Insulation

After connecting the power cable to the lamp holder, it is necessary to insulate the electrical part so that there is no contact with the concrete.

There is no photo, but the bulb holder gasket should be insulated with insulation tape. Paper tape should not be used because it is permeable. You can see in the video how to do it.

Step 3: Preparing the Mold.

With the mini drill, make a small notch to pass the power cable.

Use hot glue to glue the lamp holder to the mold as you can see in the image.

Step 4: Let's Get Dirty!

First let's put the cement together with the sand and mix very well.

Add water slowly and mix until you have a watery concrete.

Step 5: The Fun Part!

We have the mold ready and the concrete is also ready to be used.

Let's go to the fun part, fill the mold!

After filling the mold, tap gently on the sides to release the air bubbles, a minute or two is enough.

Let it dry for at least two days.

Step 6: Unmold...

Using the mini drill make a small hole to let air in. Do not worry, the hole will be made in the center and will not ruin your future lamp.

Gently press the bottom of the mold and the lamp should be easily released.

Let it dry for another two days.

Step 7: Protect Your Furniture

After two days our lamp is almost ready!

In order to protect your furniture, apply adhesive pads as you can see in the photo.

Step 8: Final Step...

And it's done!
I advise you to use a led bulb because it consumes less energy and hardly produces heat. Do not use a very powerful bulb because it may injure your eyes, this lamp is not designed to use lamp shade.

I used is a 4 watt and 1800 kelvin LED lamp that is more than enough for a bedside lamp ...

If you have any doubts feel free to ask.

Visit my Youtube channel!

Thank you very much for your presence, I hope you enjoyed it and try to make the lamp!

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    tiagoadro

    6 months ago

    I´ve a question, You are The TugaHandyman as in "Eu sou Tuga"? if so keep the good work! awesome project!

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    LaserDave

    6 months ago

    Excellent job. I love that LED bulb, you say it's only 4W and is bright enough to be an effective bedroom lamp? I would be really interested in getting one of these bulbs, would it be possible to indicate where they can be purchased? Thanks for an interesting 'ible.

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    TheTugaHandymanLaserDave

    Reply 6 months ago

    Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked it!
    It is a 4W LED bulb equivalent to a 28W incandescent bulb with a color temperature of 1800k (warm white).

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    bpark1000

    Tip 6 months ago on Step 8

    Rather than casting the cord directly into the concrete, I would cast a hose in instead. That way, if repairs are needed, a new wire can be slipped in. The wire will tend to fatigue at the point where it exits the concrete.

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    seamster

    6 months ago

    This is fantastic! Great looking finished lamp, and very detailed instructions. Well done all around :)

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    TheTugaHandymanseamster

    Reply 6 months ago

    Thank you very much, I had great pleasure in creating this lamp and writing this instructable :)