How to make a set of ‘Weeble’ salt & pepper shakers out of old light bulbs.

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How to make a set of ‘Weeble’ salt & pepper shakers out of old light bulbs.

One way to recycle those old incandescent light bulbs is by making a pair of salt and pepper shakers out of them. Supplies are minimal and include:

  • 2 incandescent light bulbs
  • 12- 3/8" (cleaned!) hex nuts
  • about ½ cup hard wax (I’d probably use paraffin wax; they stuff they use for canning.)
  • 2 soda bottle caps

The tools used to tackle this project are:

  • gloves
  • goggles
  • hacksaw
  • double boiler
  • drill
  • 5/64" drill bit

For full instructions, visit Readymade.

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Turn your blown bulbs into fabulous light fixtures!

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Turn your blown bulbs into fabulous light fixtures!

Bulbs Unlimited has created a kits that allows you to turn your old, blown, incandescent light bulbs into very cool light fixtures. Using the kit’s ‘Inkubator’ template, you mark the blown bulbs with a pen, glue snaps at the marks and then snap your bulbs together like Legos, making bulb shades, as it were. Fix them all together with a nylon strap, which you slip over the lamp ring holder. And voila, very cool lighting effects. Grow tired of your...

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How to clean your light fixtures and save money.

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How to clean your light fixtures and save money.

If our light bulbs and fixtures are covered in blankets of dust, we’re wasting energy and money. Instead of simply adding light to a dreary room, we should first clean our existing light fixtures and bulbs. For suggestions on how to clean light bulbs and fixtures, go to Cristalier’s tutorial on how to clean a crystal chandelier, which includes tips applicable to most lighting sources.

And before replacing those grimy, light-blocking lamp shades...

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How and why you should lube your light bulbs.

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How and why you should lube your light bulbs.

If you’ve ever screwed a light bulb into a socket and heard a grinding noise, you know the sinking feeling that comes with it. Has the glass part of the bulb separated from the metal part? Will the bulb come out of the socket if I try to unscrew it?

To combat this sticky situation and forestall distress, lube the threads of your light bulb with a bit of petroleum jelly; that’s Vaseline to you and me. Just a dab on the tip of your finger will do.

 

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