Recently on Ebay I started noticing Electrocuted Kerosene lamps from Australia that either hung from the ceiling or on a wall hook. These differed from the standard electrocution of removing the burner and wiring in a bottom mount light bulb. These units had the light bulbs located in the chimney, pointing downward.
I really wanted one but at about $100, nah, I can build that! Now I would never electrocute a vintage Dietz lantern, I have no problem electrocuting one of the Wally World $6 Chinese lanterns.
Step 1: Supply List
- rubber covered exterior socket
- shrink tube
- length of electric cord (salvaged from a dead VCR)
- rubber grommet (Again salvaged from that dead VCR)
- Drill and bit
- Soldering iron and solder
- Heat Gun
- Black Electrical tape
Step 2: Seal the Lantern's Chimney
Wrap black electrical tape around both the upper and lower holes in the chimney to keep bugs and water (if using it outside) away from inside the globe.
Step 3: Prepare the Rubber Coated Socket
Shorten the socket's leads as shown.
Step 4: Drill a Hole for the Grommet
Install the rubber grommet as shown.
Step 5: Wire the Socket
Feed the wire thru the grommet and slip shrink tube over each wire's leads. Solder the wire to the socket's leads as shown. Slide the shrink tube over the solder and use the heat gun to shrink it down, creating a waterproof seal.
Step 6: Choose Your Lightbulb
I chose a small 25 watt (200 lumens) equivalent LED that uses only 3 watts with a Kelvin temperature of 3000K so it looks a bit "Keroseney"
From Amazon: Feit BPA15CL/DM/200/LED/2 25W Equivalent A15 Clear Medium Base LED Light
Step 7: The Finished Product
It is now ready to hang anywhere there is a hook and 120V AC power.
Step 8: However, Since I Wanted an Exterior Sconce.......
I needed to go a bit further.
I needed a
- 1/4-20 hook
- 1/4-20 nut
- 1/4-20 tap
- Socket adapter to convert the existing sconce's light bulb socket to a 2 prong socket
I drilled a hole and cut threads, spun the nut onto the hook, and threaded the hook up into the threaded hole and tightened the nut down. Next I screwed the socket adapter into the sconce's light socket. Finally I hung the Lantern and plugged it into the socket adapter.
Step 9: Let There Be Light!
Wow! Way more light output than I was expecting! My back shed entrance is no longer dark!
Total outlay was about $12, far better than the $100 from Ebay.
Is mine as good? Nah, but it's good enough and my back shed door is not only lit but a good portion of the side yard as well. And it looks quite neat. Those Wally World $6 lantern's are so cheaply constructed I would be afraid to fire one, but not to "Electrocute" one!