Reflective CD Light Shade




This is my reflective light shade made entirely of CDs. I thought of the idea of using CD's as they have a reflective backing, which will allow the light to be brighter, also letting the CD's act as a lamp-shade like object, blocking the light from the non-concentrated area, such as that of a spotlight.


1 Artificial Light Source (Clamp light, lamp, etc.)

10-15 CD's

1 CD Holder

1 Hot Glue Gun

Assorted Hot Glue Sticks



Step 1: Creating a Diagram

Before gathering my materials, I decided to create a smaller diagram of the shapes I wanted to make to fill this area. First off, I decided to draw what I thought the normal product looked like. Creating a more realistic design, I opted for a square fit to better allow for the CD's to fit in place. I then decided to draw the rows I wanted to make with the CD's that would further be glued together to end up with the final product.

Step 2: Cutting the CD's Into the Right Shape

First, I decided to find the types of shapes I needed with my rows of discs. For two of the rows, I decided to trim off the edges to allow for easier adhesion. I further trimmed a curve-shaped indentation into what would be the bottom CD of the row. The other four would simply be uncut CD's.

Step 3: Gluing the CD's Into Rows

Next, I took some hot glue and placed the CD's into rows, reflective side on top. These rows would be laid on top of each other such that they are, for the most part, free from any light escaping from the middle of the CD's. I placed the similar pieces with one another, having the indented pieces facing the bottom, and the trimmed pieces lined up with one another.

Step 4: Gluing the Rows Together

Next, it was time to hot-glue these rows together. I hot-glued them such that the similar rows would be opposite of one another, with the reflective end on the inside. Be very careful with this step, as the glue is very hot and can easily burn.

Step 5: Creating a Base

In this step, we are creating a base for the light to sit on in order to protect from electrocution. I did so with the CD holder, as I took off the pillar used for placing the CD's through with a hacksaw.

Step 6: Adding the Light to the Base

Using the Hacksaw, we further cut an indentation in the holder. This would be used to put the cable through if the situation needed be. (ex. If it was flush against a wall, etc.) We then hot-glued the base of the artificial light source (unplugging the bulb safely before doing so) to that of the CD holder, creating an actual base for our light.

Step 7: Gluing the CD Shade to the Base

Next, it was the moment of truth. I took my CD shade and tested the fit with the base. I noticed that the plug got in the way of the bottom of the CD row, so I cut a smaller indentation into the CD, allowing for the plug to stay and the CD's to stay flush against the base. I then hot-glued it into place.

Step 8: Finished Product!

This is the final product! This can act as that of a spotlight, as the light ended up being extremely concentrated. Interestingly enough, it also changed the light color into that of a bluer tone!

Step 9: Comparison of Non-CD Light and CD Light

Step 10: Video Demonstaration



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    3 Discussions


    2 years ago

    This is mad fire b!


    2 years ago



    2 years ago

    Neat idea, thanks for sharing!