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ChrisM6484 07-11-2012 05:11 PM

What parts do I need to make this lamp?
 
Hello everyone. Thanks for reading this and offering suggestions.

I found this lamp awhile ago online. It sells for an outrageous $150. I want to try to make it myself.

http://www.typewriterboneyard.com/mm..._1_750x750.jpg

But I don't know what parts I would need to do so. I've never tried much electrical work, but I think I'm handy enough that if I had the parts I need then I could figure out how to make it.

So I'm soliciting help from y'all. What type of toggle switch is that? Where can I get one? Is that most likely a normal light bulb socket? What kind of wiring is going on inside of this (most likely)?

Any help is much appreciated. Thanks again for reading.

TarheelTerp 07-11-2012 05:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChrisM6484 (Post 963365)
I found this lamp awhile ago online.
It sells for an outrageous $150. I want to try to make it myself.
But I don't know what parts I would need to do so.

A porcelain base for the light bulb, toggle switch and a cord set
Everything is available at any decent hardware store.

ChrisM6484 07-12-2012 09:40 AM

One more question
 
Thanks for your answer.

Would I need a DPST or SPST toggle switch for something like this?

LooseSCruz 07-12-2012 10:00 AM

Spst.

joecaption 07-12-2012 10:04 AM

Why even bother with that ugly switch sticking out?
Just install a switch on the lamp cord.

andrew79 07-12-2012 10:23 AM

Does anyone else think there may be an issue with creating a fixture out of paper?

joecaption 07-12-2012 10:26 AM

Sure not going to meet any UL rating on this planet.
Bare bulb, using a lamp holder that has exposed wiring on the back side close to a flamable material. And just plan ugly to look at.

M Engineer 07-12-2012 10:46 AM

This one is only $3200.

http://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/590....280678217.jpg

garethcooper9 07-12-2012 10:48 AM

This is a great idea. I would to have one. Could you share you thoughts and maybe a piece of advice when you've done yours. Thanks

jbfan 07-12-2012 12:11 PM

It must be the lamps that have the appeal.

ionized 07-12-2012 05:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 963941)
Sure not going to meet any UL rating on this planet.
Bare bulb, using a lamp holder that has exposed wiring on the back side close to a flamable material. And just plan ugly to look at.

I would worry about the flammable material as well. A UL listing, however, is only necessary if the OP wants to sell it.

ChrisM6484 07-12-2012 05:14 PM

What about this...
 
Thanks to everyone who's replied so far. This has been a good learning experience for me.

I went to a hardware store today and found all the pieces I need to make this work:
- E26 porcelain socket
- SPST toggle switch (15 amp)
- lamp wiring cord w/ plug

I'll probably go get a book and start carving that up tomorrow.

Would it not be safe enough if I just made sure all exposed wires are wrapped well in electrical tape?

ionized 07-12-2012 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChrisM6484 (Post 964204)
Thanks to everyone who's replied so far. This has been a good learning experience for me.

I went to a hardware store today and found all the pieces I need to make this work:
- E26 porcelain socket
- SPST toggle switch (15 amp)
- lamp wiring cord w/ plug

I'll probably go get a book and start carving that up tomorrow.

Would it not be safe enough if I just made sure all exposed wires are wrapped well in electrical tape?

No, I would not want that in my home or workplace. Sparks from the connections on the back side of the socket could easily ignite the paper. Connections are the weak and most dangerous place for line power.

I think what you need to do is enclose the back side of the socket in a small box like a junction box. Enclose most of the socket. Gut enough of the paper from the book to make room for the box. Install the cord through the side of the box with a strain relief so there is nothing left open.

Better yet, install a lamp socket like on the suspended bulbs in the pic posted by M engineer. That way, all the connections are in the open, but under the metal. You will have only cord running through the book and you won't have to gut so much of the book.

andrew79 07-12-2012 06:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChrisM6484 (Post 964204)
Thanks to everyone who's replied so far. This has been a good learning experience for me.

I went to a hardware store today and found all the pieces I need to make this work:
- E26 porcelain socket
- SPST toggle switch (15 amp)
- lamp wiring cord w/ plug

I'll probably go get a book and start carving that up tomorrow.

Would it not be safe enough if I just made sure all exposed wires are wrapped well in electrical tape?

can i use that as my new quote in my sig?

ChrisM6484 07-12-2012 07:10 PM

@andrew79
Absolutely. My only request is attribution and a small fee of $1 each time you use that sig.


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