The Dalek, a Steampunk Desk Lamp for the Mad Doctor




Introduction: The Dalek, a Steampunk Desk Lamp for the Mad Doctor

About: I am a home constructor, an inventor and a dreamer. If you ask me who guided me and who inspired me then this people comes in mind: Carl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, James Watt, Thomas Alva Edison, Nicolas Tesla...

A couple of weeks ago, I found four vintage bulbs and the idea was to build a special lamp.
As I finished my work my daughter said to me, Hey dad this looks like a Dalek from Dr. Who.  :-)

Step 1: Materials

Waht do you need?
A wooden case, like this on the picture. (I obtained it from a tools store)
A vintage meter
A Dimmer
4 sockets for the bulbs
A copper "head" for fenceposts.

Some wires and a power cable to connect the lamp to the mains.

Step 2: Building the Lamp

This was very easy, I thought but I found, that the meter has a 250V scale but the maximum voltage was 48V.
So I needed a resistor to lower the voltage. I calculated the resistor must have 7W to eliminate the voltage.
I found a bulb with 7W and yes, it is possible to operate the meter. :-)

I cut the holes for the meter, the dimmer, the sockets and for the extra socket for the 7W bulb.
Than I used stain to colour the case.

The cabling was easy:

From the mains cable to the dimmer, parallel to the bulbs.
And the meter wired in series with the 7W bulb.
The dimmer has a switch build in so I dont need an extra mains switch.

The copper head was polished and fixed with two screws on the top.

Step 3: Labels

I attached some labels to the case to explain the functions of each part.

Schutzwiderstand = protective resistor (for the meter)
Erregerspannung = voltage to drive the bulbs
Intensität = intensity

Have fun!

Horatius Steam

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    9 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome Lamp. Always enjoy your creations. I Admire your creativity. Keep them coming, Please!

    You get five stars from me, probably helped that I'm watching Doctor Who while browsing Instructables.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool! how hard would it be to add a vandegraff generator to this?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    It looks like, the head of a Van de Graf. Yes you are right. :-)

    But the quality of the wood is not good enough to hold the high tension.
    Even the copper head has to much edges so the power will be drained.

    But the idea of building a Van de Graf generator is nice.
    It will be a long winter, let´s see. :-)

    H. Steam


    7 years ago on Introduction

    What an Awesome lamp i love it keep up the great steaming work

    Beautiful piece of engineering. I love your use of a 7W bulb, I've never seen one!