How to Make a Lamp Out of a Barricade Light




I'm going to teach you how to make a cool lamp out of one of those yellow lights you see on the top of a barricade on the side of the road.

Step 1: Getting the Materials

What you need:
1-A Barricade light.... I "found" mine on a construction site.
2-An old lamp with one of those clicky things to turn it on.
3-Other tools

Step 2: Gut the Traffic Barricade

Take of the bottom by loosening the bolt off and pry up the tabs.
When you get that off take out the circuit board.
You may need to take off the top part its just screws
look in the pictures for help.

Step 3: Disassemble the Old Lamp

Take out the old cord
Mine just unclipped out.
Look at the pictures

Step 4: Build the New Barricade Lamp

Figure out a way to put the bulb housing inside the barricade lamp
I used a nail
now just cut the cord and get all the extra stuff off of it and put it thru the hole in the barricade lamp.
Now strip the cords ends and put wire caps on it.

Step 5: Finishing Up

Now get a bolt ,two washers and a nut
put it in the hole ha that's what she said
now tighten it up to keep the wire from moving.
Cut the other hole off look at picture its picture 2d
put the bottom back on
put the reflector thing back on.
its a little tricky to put on you have to like turn it half way then pull it off

Step 6: Done

Just plug it in and give it a test
Well there you go
you have a cool lamp now



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    18 Discussions


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Tell me about it
    it took me well over 45 min to get it off until i realized that all you have to do is unscrew the bolt. I was so mad


    Reply 2 years ago

    What did you use to unscrew it and how long did it take


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    The same thing happened to me with my bike. I tried to remove the forkto make it into a chopper, but couldnt figure out how. Then I googled itand felt so stupid.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    how did you remove the bolt? or undo the bolt from the barricade?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    If you take apart those giant batteries inside of there, they are full of other sized batteries, either AA or C cells I believe.

    ya i live by a abandon construction site and there is all kinds of crap heck i get those and i found a few traffic lights some wheels and a brand new Mig welder still in the plastic packaging it was a drag to get out of the trash pile thank god i did they came the next day and picked it all up shame i was still adventuring through it

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    I dont think they would have trashed the MIG. Lucky find. Worst casescenario, they look for the stuff you scavenged and convict you of pettytheft. But all in the name of DIY, you rescued a great tool from thetrash and I commend you. Kudos!


    9 years ago on Introduction

     Thanks for this instructable!  I have one of these lights with dead batteries.  Now I know what to do with it.


    So before anyone decides to go off and steal one.<br /><br />You can buy them at a lot of places. And @ falcotheimpaler, even if it is dead and sitting in the gutter near a construction site it doesn't mean you can take them. I mean is it yours? I mean you wouldn't want me going to your house and be like look at all this stuff on your lawn guess you don't want it, i mean why else would it be outside?

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    You want us to believe that you are a common vandal and a petty thief; when really you just bought this from a used construction supply company. Right?

    3 replies

    To be honest, they are really easy to come by. It's not really stealing if their batteries are dead and the poor things are lying in the gutter.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I remember cycling back from the pub many, many years ago with one of these flashing under my jumper. I hadn't worked out how to turn it off at the time.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    I was with someone who stole a whole works-load of these. Shopping-cart, then a return trip with rucksacks... They lived in his loft. (Imagine that) L