FLUORESCENT FLOOR LAMP

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This instructable will show you how to make a cheap but stylish floor lamp out of 3 fluorescent standart lights you can buy in any do-it-yourself-store.
by: www.opendesignclub.com (thats me!)

Step 1: BUY THREE CHEAP STANDART NEON LIGHTS

maybe this lights are called fluorescent lights --- so buy three cheap standart fluorescent lights you can get in any do-it-yourself-store.
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Step 2: REMOVE THE CAPS ON BOTH SIDES AND DRILL a HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF EACH CAP

one hole is enough, but maybe two holes would be better
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Step 3: SAW OUT THE BASE AND THE TOP OF THE LAMP AND PAINT THEM IN a COLOR YOU LIKE

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Step 4: SCREW THE CAPS DOWN TO THE BASE AND THE TOP OF THE LAMP

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Step 5: STICK TOGETHER THE BASE CAPS WITH THE REST OF THE LAMP

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Step 6: STICK TOGETHER THE TOP CAPS AND THE REST OF THE LAMP

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Step 7: YOU HAVE TO SPLIT a CABLE TO CONNECT ALL THREE LAMPS WITH THE ELECTRICITY GRID

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Step 8: ADD THE LIGHT TUBES

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Step 9: !!! DONE !!! ENJOY THIS SUPER BRIGHT FLOOR LAMP

YOU CAN ADD A FOOTSWITCH IF YOU WANT
by: www.opendesignclub.com (thats me!)

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    Yonatan24DIY Dave

    Reply 2 years ago

    Or use LED's which are capable of being dimmed

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    hed420DIY Dave

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Depends on the bulb, they sell dimmable cf spiral type bulbs. I have yet to see dimmable tube type cfs but they must exist.

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    superjollyhed420

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome Instructable.

    Well, technically there are Electronic Dimming Ballasts, but these only drop the voltage (and light output) some to decrease power consumption and increase lamp life.  They would be expensive for such an elegantly simple project.

    An easy way to get softer light is just to diffuse it.  Sew some semi-transparent fabric into a cylinder.  I can imagine a cheap bedsheet or piece of burlap looking neat.  You could even rig it like a curtain - up or down.

    And yes, a mini version of this would also look cool.  Use 2ft. fixtures with T5 (5/8 inch) light bulbs.

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    Yonatan24

    2 years ago

    Looks pretty cool! You can also use LED tubes, They're more efficient

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    canadiens

    5 years ago on Introduction

    hi there iwant to build this wich fluoresent light bulb ar the best and what store im in canada

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    jmoana

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Is there a way to connect some sort of timer on this to trigger dimming or 'on n off' rhythmic effects similar to Xmas lights? I want to use as stage lighting :) anyone know what I'm lookin for here? Or other projects on here that fit my description? Thanks ~

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    EcoMotive

    6 years ago on Step 7

    Connecting the wires together like this under mains voltage is really not safe. You should be using a junction box with the appropriate strain relief connectors. It looks to me that one could easily fit in the space between the lamps. Also, I don't see any ground wires. I hope you didn't cut them off just before the cables reached the terminal block. If so, you're looking for a shock anytime that you touch any metal part of the light fixture's chassis.
    Otherwise a great job. I might try to make one of these for myself. Thanks for sharing.

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    mdorf

    7 years ago on Introduction

    is there anyway to make this battery powered?? I am looking to use them as a prop for some photography work that I have planned, but the location is in the middle of the woods without power sources.

    Any help here??

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    nizzo

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Maybe I missed it somewhere but where do you get the base from? It is made yourself?

    Anywhere I can buy one (possibly metalic) or make one with minimal wood working tools (right now just have a jig saw and sander)

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    jongscxnizzo

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Honestly, you could buy/find any piece of wood so long as it fits the 3 tubes and provides enough of a base that it won't fall over...

    I suggest maybe going to a home depot or hobby lobby and wandering in the wood section looking for pre-finished disks with some decorative edge on it... get a big one for the base and a smaller one on top. maybe add some feet to dress it up or something.

    http://www.mydecomart.com/mxg-0512.html

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    honkeung30

    7 years ago on Introduction

    but i think using T5 florescent lamp is much save energy and brighter than using T8 or T9 florescent