Introduction: Convert a Tablelamp to LED for CHEAP!!
How would you like to convert a table lamp to LED operation very EASILY and cheaply? Well, right now is AFTER CHRISTMAS and you can purchase strands of LED white lights for almost nothing. It's a simple operation to convert over to LED operation. Advantages are VERY low electric usage. This is very usefull on lamps that supply general lighting... but not very good if you want a reading-lamp. I have family members who often leave lights ON all the time. This modification makes the lamp use only about 4 watts of electricity. Thats a fraction of even what compact fluorescents use. So if the lamp is left on ... it does not matter nearly so much.
Step 1: Everything You Will Need
You will not need ANY tools to accomplish this. Just a string of WHITE LED christmas tree lights. I got mine at Walgreens for 50% off. Only costed $2.50. An adaptor outlet that screws into the lamp socket and gives you the electric outlet in the lamp.... and some electric tape. DO NOT unwind the LED lights !! leave them bundled up as they came out of the box. Just remove your OLD energy wasting compact fluorescent bulb. Then screw in the ADAPTOR plug into the lamp socket. If your old bulb is HOT... leave lamp OFF a few minutes to cool down before removing it so you dont burn yourself or drop the bulb. The ADAPTOR plug you need is pictured at the bottom left of this picture.
Step 2: Build It Now... No Tools Needed!
Now just plug in your LED string just as it is bundled together. Orient the bundle so the LED's point UP and DOWN... That way all the light goes out of the lampshade instead of being reduced in intensity by aiming at the shade. After the bundle is oriented to point light UP and DOWN, just wrap some electrical tape around the whole thing to hold it all in place. Replace the shade and you are DONE! This idea works also in hallway lights that have a glass globe over them... or in CEILING FAN LIGHTGLOBES... because the bundle is not visable through the opaque glass. Any light that is not used as a reading light ....is a good one to do this to. Now is the time to get your LED christmas lights at all the after Christmas sales you can buy them for a song!