Emergancy Lamp

About: I am liking the flexible schedule of retirement to do things and love this site for ideas to amuse myself.

I found this beautiful blue bottle and it took me a while to decide how to re-purpose it and came up with an attractive emergency light.

Step 1:

The materials I used were (left to right) a small lamp shade that grasps the light bulb (thrift store $1), LED tap light (99 cent store), beautiful blue discarded bottle (free), and empty plastic jar with a diameter to match the top diameter of the lampshade ( recycle).

Step 2:

Take the lampshade and form the wire that grasps the light bulb to grasp the LED tap light.  It wasn't tricky or hard, just spread and roll inward and mount the tap light up tight to the top of the shade.

Step 3:

The next thing is to get a clear base that fits the inside small diameter of the lampshade and tap light to support it on top of the bottle. I happened to have an empty peanut butter jar that matched. I cut the base at about an inch and a half height. then it was a little tricky to drill the center. I used a hole saw a little smaller than the opening of the bottle. Then I carefully widened the hole with my dremel using a grinding stone tool. I achieved a tight fit and chose to not glue it to the bottle, however my instructions are general enough to be modified to your particular size bottle and choice to use an appropriate adhesive. I'm partial to Shoe Goo.

Step 4:

Now you can find a convenient place for your little attractive emergency light. To use it you just lift up the shade, tap the light on and set it on the clear plastic ring, Off is just in the reverse order. The lighted pictures don't do it justice as the LED tap light gives off a lot of light. After I made this I decided to put it on my night stand feeling that it would be a long time if ever I would need it. A few months later the electricity went out in the evening for a couple hours and it was nice to have the soft glow of the lamp in the bedroom along with several other  LED tap lights  I have through out the house including the bathrooms.



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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I love this. When power goes out around here, we are scrabling for dim flashlights and worn candles. This is an item that looks lovely while it waits to provide a much needed service. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you, it just do happens I found another bottle just the same and made another one for my wife's end table. Slightly different lampshade find from thrift store. I will have to post a picture of it too.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! My son would love this...we keep losing flashlights and in our city the power keeps going out. He used to have a lantern...but would love to make an emergency light on his own..so thank you for the idea!

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for your comment and happy instructabling. As I mentioned in my instructable the new tap lights with leds are great to leave around the house for emergency lights and the batteries last forever in them. My lamp is almost two years old with original AAA batteries and the other tap lights around the house and when I test them they are bright.