Craft a Lamp from Traffic Cones.

by Chris Gardner

Craft a Lamp from Traffic Cones.

"If you're looking for a cheap mood lighting— and you really love orange— then you're only a few traffic cones away from all the modernist day-glo orange ambiance you can handle." With just a few zip ties, six mini plastic cones, and a $2.00 Ikea lamp kit, Henrique from Let's Evo built this atomic lamp. The process was so simple, that his included how-to doesn't even need words....it's just a few easy photos.

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Snowflake Lights.

by Chris Gardner

Snowflake Lights.

Nothing sets a festive mood like a fresh lighting scheme. From tiki torches at a summer BBQ to a full-on romantic candlelit dinner on Valentine's day, there's always something incredible about the unique glow at special occasions.

But such an investment for once-a-year is a bit wasteful...well, at least it used to be. Requiring only a scissors and some completely reusable L.E.D. votives, Design*Sponge offers this project: snowflake lights....

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Camilla Diedrich's Glorious Wall Coverings

by DIY Maven

Camilla Diedrich's Glorious Wall Coverings

(View of the wallpaper during the day.)

I dislike wallpaper. Truly, I think it should be outlawed. But Camilla Diedrich’s new wallpaper series  has stolen my heart. According to DesignBoom, Ms. Diedrich wanted to create a wall covering ‘which used real light without having to make use of too much technology. The design, which has a fibre optic appeal, creates a luminous floral pattern, bringing nature into the home and casting a soft glow...

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to turn an old window into illuminated wall art.

by DIY Maven

created on: 08/27/08

I have a thing about windows. Especially barn sash windows, one of which just happened to be lying around. It was too good not to turn into something, so kicked around some ideas and came up with a wall art/light fixture idea and went to work.

What we used:

an old barn sash window
scrap 1" x 3" pine
a piece of handy board
frosted glass spray
Contact paper
scissor and paper punch
LED light strip
table saw, screws, drill, nails hammer, etc.

What we did:

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Find the right CFL color for you!

by DIY Maven

Find the right CFL color for you!

Switching over to CFL light bulbs can be a bit startling. First there’s the cost. You just have to remind yourself that they’re going to last A LOT longer than regular incandescent bulbs and use less energy to get over that one. Next is the color. When CFLs first came out, they emitted a fairly harsh blue light. Luckily, now there are a variety of CFLs on the market including ones that produce a softer, more incandescent light.

Kelvin Ratings...

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How to turn a plastic jug into a modern pendant lamp.

by DIY Maven

How to turn a plastic jug into a modern pendant lamp.


RePlayGround was inspired by a lamp project in the January ‘07 issue of ReadyMade and came up with this eco-friendly alternative. The ReadyMade version uses paperwood whereas this clever option uses a 1-gallon plastic jug of the vinegar or windshield washer fluid variety. Other ingredients you’ll need include:

  • 2 pairs of chopsticks (leftover from take-out night)
  • fishing line
  • 8 #47 O-rings or small black rubberbands
  • a hanging lamp, like...

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Another Recycled Plastic Bottle Lamp.

by Chris Gardner

The Howell sisters of THIS Gallery have created a unique entry into the drinkware/light category: THIS LIGHT is created from 50ish plastic beverage bottles, hardened with a fusion process that makes the lamp more durable and look, well, less like a buncha plastic beverage bottles. And if you send them three cases of plastic bottles, they'll knock a hundo off the price tag.

Another Recycled Plastic Bottle Lamp.

From Inhabitat.

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Mid-Century Modern Light Fixture: Needed

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/30/07

Hallelujah!  My husband was changing a bulb that was stuck in the socket of this UGLY fixture and he broke it!!!  Now I can look for a new fixture.  I'm looking for a new fixture or, better yet, a mid-century fixture that gives off enough light.  I'm looking for interesting ideas.  The table is staying but the chairs will be replaced.  I'm still working on what to do with the greenhouse view.

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Light-Emitting Wallpaper.

by Chris Gardner

Inhabitat.com illuminates this light-emitting wallpaper by Jonas Samson. Though the technology hasn't quite been revealed,"this Light-Emitting Wallpaper harkens back to recent products exploring digital paper by Miquel Mora, part of the Flat Futures project– developed by the Royal College of Art Design Interactions Department– showcased at the MoMA’s ‘Design and the Elastic Mind’ exhibition. By using developments like e-ink and OLEDs (organic...

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The book of enlightenment.

by DIY Maven

The book of enlightenment.

This clever light nestles between your books, casting its warm glow upon all who seek enlightenment. Made of white plexiglass, the lamp measures 24 cm x 17 cm and is illuminated by a 9 watt energy-saving lamp. Much as all books, on its binding and cover is the title: ‘The Enlightenment’. Available at Studiomeiboom for 89 Euro or 130 US, 10% of which goes to charity.

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How to Draw with Light.

by Chris Gardner

As seen in the famous "Centaur" photograph of Picasso, or the current (and excellent) crop of Sprint commercials, the combination of a controllable light source and some long exposure photography can lead to some amazing artwork. Check out the fabulous work of the Japanese collective PikaPika here (Flickr) and here (animation).

How to Draw with Light.

Thankfully, Lori and Stuart  from LightDoodles.com are offering some help. Though they don't detail the exposure settings...

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