Nick Foley’s Amazing Pear Light

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Nick Foley’s Amazing Pear Light

The industrial designer’s Pear Light might just look like a very pretty lamp at first glance, but it’s much more than that. Why? The hand forged tree is actually a charging station for the pear lights. ‘Each pear contains ten ultrabright white LEDs, an autonomous charging circuit, and rare-earth magnets that allow it to be "picked" from the tree and remain fully illuminated for over an hour.’ Amazing, huh?

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Convert A Tripod Into A Floor Lamp

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Convert A Tripod Into A Floor Lamp

If you come across an old tripod at a tag sale, buy it. They make fabulous floor lamps! Converting one doesn’t even need a how-to; just a lamp kit and a shade. My entire project cost about 25-30 bucks when all was said and done.


 

 

 

Timber Tripod Floor Lamp

Not up for a DIY version of this? Here's one we like a lot that you can combine with any lampshare you like:

$89 on Amazon

 

 

 

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The Convertible Lampshade

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The Convertible Lampshade

Check out LeKlint’s UnderCover Lamp. Available in acrylic and glass varieties, the see-through quality allows for interchangeable inner shades. Additional inner shades are offered for purchase, but I’m thinking clever Curbliers could fashion DIY shades themselves for ultimate custom-ability.

 

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DIY Paper Wall Lamp

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DIY Paper Wall Lamp

Instructables is featuring this Paper Wall Lamp by naedhi, who used everyday materials, such as sketchbook paper, stapler, scissors and Elmer’s glue, to construct it. The lights themselves are the very versatile LED rope variety, which produce very little heat, making the project not only beautiful but non-flammable too. (Good to know.)

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To help chase away bad dreams....

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To help chase away bad dreams....

Sometimes you don’t need a scary movie to give you nightmares. Sometimes it’s the local news. To ease your mind upon waking from nocturnal worries, how about having this little loyal porcelain protector near your bedside? Although the Carlos Night-Light might be tiny (he’s tops out at seven inches high) and physically disadvantaged, (he is, after all, sporting a cumbersome medical cone) you can count on him to chase away the darkness.



The Carlos...

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Lamp Make Over–Zero Dollars

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Lamp Make Over–Zero Dollars

When shopping for lamps–used or new–I like to buy things I can make over, just in case the mood strikes. The make over, as we all know, is easiest to accomplish with paint. In the lamp world, that means anything but ceramics with glossy finishes. (So far, I haven’t found any paint that covers and adheres well to semi-glossy or glossy ceramic.) So I look for metal–even shiny brass can be sanded with fine grit sandpaper and painted–or matte...

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How to have a fire without the heat.

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How to have a fire without the heat.

The one bad thing about warm summer nights is that using the fireplace is probably out of the question. But what if you want that inviting, romantic glow? Do you stoke up the logs and crank up the air-conditioning? Of course not; you get a Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp from the Victorian Fireplace Shop and stick one in your hearth for the ‘fiery glow’ you’ve been missing. Beside providing atmosphere, the substance from which they are constructed is...

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How to make a lamp out of old CDs.

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This is one of the reasons why I LOVE Curbly! The other day I wrote up a top ten list about using old CD’s to make stuff. Meg over at The Consumerist picked up the post and one of their readers posted a link in THAT post to this how-to post which I’m now posting here. Okay, maybe that explanation was unnecessary and a bit confusing....but how absolutely cool is this DIY CD lamp??????

How to make a lamp out of old CDs.

Also check out Jim's C.D. Lamp #2 for an alternative.

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How to: Light Your Workspace

by Chris Gardner

No matter what your skill, medium, or project of choice, you've got to be able to see what you're doing.

Foot Candles: Lighting quantity or intensity is  measured in foot-candles (fc). So states Wikipedia, “The unit is defined as the amount of illumination the inside surface an imaginary 1-foot radius sphere would be receiving if there were a uniform point source of one candela in the exact center of the sphere. Alternatively, it can be defined as...

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DIY Chandelier Upgrade

by Chris Gardner

"We all might dream of owning a Murano glass chandelier, but don't deprive yourself until that day arrives. This chandelier was a $10 yard-sale purchase and had a fairly ordinary bronze finish. With just a little spray paint, the chandelier was turned into a whimsical piece that fit seamlessly into a cheery kitchen. The body was painted sky blue and the bulb stems were painted gray, to give a bit of contrast. While this piece doesn't say luxe...

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A Visual Riot?

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A Visual Riot?

New from Unica Home is the ‘Pug with Velvet Bag’ lamp ($4,595) by Dietlind Priess. Per the website, the lamp is ‘an amalgam of fantasy, artistry, and humor.’ Besides the crazy canine expression, the pup is also sporting human hands. The figure reposes upon a velvet doggie bed–thus the ‘With Velvet Bag’ part–which, when touched, produces a barking sound. According to Priess, she strives for ‘technical perfection that produces a riot of...

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Gaiam's Cork Lamp

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Gaiam's Cork Lamp

New from Gaiam is their Cork Lamp, which is ‘crafted from sustainable eco-friendly materials’. The cork used ‘comes from the tree’s bark, which grows back, while the base is made from fast-growing rubberwood.’ The lamp ($198) is a perfect example of the minimalist nature of organic materials.

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Potted Light Bulb Lamp: Easy to "Grow"; Provides Its Own Light

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Potted Light Bulb Lamp: Easy to "Grow"; Provides Its Own Light

A while back while ogling property in the historic district of Savannah, GA, I saw some interesting lamps sitting on the window ledges of a building occupied by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Although I don’t know how the lamps were made, they were easy to reproduce. This is my interpretation of them. Note, some wiring experience would be helpful with assembly, but, still, it’s an easy project. I found the electrical supples at Menard’s. In all, one lamp cost about 11 bucks, not including the tools, which were on hand.

Supplies

1 - 4" clay pot

decorative rock available at any garden or aquarium supply store

1 - porcelain keyless socket (1/8" IP thread socket)

1 - 2" long steel nipple (1/8 IP thread)

2 - small ring lugs (Optional, but for safety reasons, recommended.)

1 - 6' snap-in-socket cord set with switch (I bought this because I couldn’t find just a cord with an in-line thumb wheel on off switch. Note the third step of the procedure list.)

1 - 25 watt clear round light bulb (Or light bulb of your choice.)

Equipment

Phillips screw driver

Side cutters

Wire strippers

Ring lug connector/crimper

Drill

1/4" carbide drill bit

Procedure

1. Soak clay pot in warm water for about an hour. Soaking it will make the clay more "drill- able."

2. Dry off pot and drill hole about 3/4 inch or so from bottom edge.

3. Using side cutters, cut socket off snap-in-socket cord.

4. Feed cord through hole in pot.

5. Feed cord through nipple.

6. Using phillips screw driver, dismantle porcelain socket.

7. Screw nipple onto bottom piece of socket.

8. Feed center gasket of socket onto cord.

9. Split cord and strip ends with wire stripper.

10. Using ring lug connector, crimp on ring lugs to stripped ends.

11. Attach ring lugs to socket using phillips screws on bottom of socket.

12. Re-position flange over bottom of socket.

13. Screw nipple assembly onto bottom of socket. Be careful not to apply too much force, thereby crushing the wire, or you may create a short.

14. Centering socket fixture in the middle of the pot, pour in pebbles.

15. Screw in light bulb.

 

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Lava Rinse Repeat

by DIY Maven

Although the illuminated vessels of undulating goo, known as Lava Lamps, have reached middle age they’re still as sexy as every. We should all be so lucky.

Lava Rinse Repeat

 

From the Mind of a Nudist

Inventor, WWII vet and raging nudist, Edward Craven Walker, while tippling at an English pub, spied a lamp "...made out of a cocktail shaker, old tins and things." Although its architect, Mr. Dunnett, had since expired, Walker’s enthusiasm for the lamp did not. The...

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