Exit Sign Lamp for Free!

I managed to salvage a few exit signs from an old office building and thought of making a lamp for my room. Almost all the parts you need are in the sign so this project is basically FREE!!!

Step 1: Materials

1). flat head screwdriver.
2). soldering iron/solder
3)a switch (I had a few extra laying around)

Step 2: Open It Up.

Open the sign to start removing the insides of the sign. The only thing you really got to remove is the circuit board but it makes it easier to remove everything.

Step 3: Solder the Wires.

solder the wires to the switch and to the light bulbs.

Step 4: Finished!

Now you have an exit sign lamp that you can put anywhere. You can also remove the red plastic so it's not red and use it to light up a small room.



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    8 Discussions


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    You can find 'em here. http://www.etsy.com/listing/64286024/upcycled-aluminum-exit-sign-light-box

    you might be able to get one from a commercial building dumpster or a remodeling company  but i dont exactly know where to get a used one. I got mine from a remodeling company that was in my work building and had a bunch of them they were going to throw away so i asked if i could have some.

    Maby you can with another type of Exit sign but i couldn't with mine. This sign normally runs on 120v ac power for the light bulbs and uses the 6v battery backup for red leds . When i got the sign the circuit board didn't even work


    Couldn't you have just soldered the switch in there without removing the circuit bored?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Years ago, I installed a green exit sign in my room and wired it to the other pole of a DTDP light switch so it came on as a "night light" when the room lights were off.