Radiographic Lamp




I like re-using and re-cycling. My lamp broke up so i tried to make another one that fits better my bad taste.

Step 1: What You Need

I'm lazy and italian so i don't know the name of every part of the material needed.

Just few word about the transparent plate. Obviously it's not glass, it's plastic.


- cutting tool some thing rough cause plastic it's tough

- ruler, pencil for project lines

- something to make hole in the plastic easily (I used that tool to make holes on belt, don't know the name)

- screwdriver and boltdriver

Step 2: Line, Cut, Holes

Make 4 lateral pieces of the desired dimension and 2 pieces for the base.

Track the line, cut it and make the hole in every corner.
TRY TO MAKE THE HOLES THE MOST PRECISE AS POSSIBILE! They must be at the SAME DISTANCES FROM EVERY CORNER! Not surgical precision, but the best you will achieve the easiet will be put the piece together. That was my first attempt, I was not so precise so I had some problem.

After that try to mount evey pieces using the corner joint.

Step 3: Make the Base

Use the 2 base's pieces to mount the lamp. Each lamp has a different design so try the best solution you can.

As you can see in the photos, my base lie on the metal corner pieces (don't know the precise name) and the wire do not pass through the plastic but through the pieces: it's not elegant but it works...

Step 4: Covering

I found some very old photographic plate, now useless. Look amazing to my eyes!

The job is very easy... cut 4 pieces with same width of lateral pieces, make the holes in the same position and mount on it using the same screw. The haight it's not important, it just must be eqaul or longer than the plastic pieces.

I made a little mistake: I cut the plastic pieces too short and the lamp was still visibile... I solved the problem using the cover with the right dimension.

Step 5: Try It.

Just refining work. Try that everything work.

Step 6: Enjoy and Be Proud of Yourself.

Here's the final result!

The original lamp is in the right of the last photo (I notice now, while doing the instructables, just a case, not wanted for a comparison :v)




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    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

    wow that looks awsome! Great idea


    2 years ago

    I would love to do this with the ultrasound films of my kids when pregnant with them

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    It's a lovely idea but I never saw ultrasound films that are transparent(at least, not here in Italy) while radiographic photos are... Let me know! ?


    2 years ago

    I've heard that the x-rays radiographies would degrade or lost the image if they are exposed to sunlight, someone knows if its true?

    Btw the lamp looks really nice :o)


    4 years ago

    or you could ask a non destructive test lab. they have xrays of pipes instead of people.

    NegroJUncle Kudzu

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Try to ask an hospital, periodically they throw away old and useless documentation... But it could be not properly legal due to privacy or something similar.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Usually they are shredded because they have patient information on them. If they are your own x-ray you can sometimes request copies to take to your family physician. In fact type family doctor might give them to you after they are done if you ask.