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DIY Lamp Bodies
DIY Lamp Bodies
It would be great to create DIY Lamp bodies, with at least one being built with parts off the shelf. This has its own set of challenges and ideals. It includes having aesthetic qualities and a good proportions and shape. Experiments have begun with parts from hardware stores and common products found at department stores or online.
Shafts: A variety of products can be used as shafts. The most commonly found, standard, and inexpensive products would be plumbing or electrical pipes or tubes. With different materials and wall thicknesses, these can be lightweight or very heavy. Shafts range in durability, and there are different common connectors available for each type, which have different aesthetics. Proportions become different with the rest of the lamp. Prices can vary considerably between different tubing and connectors. Threading is pretty inexpensive at a hardware store, but some shafts can also be threaded and some not, where wall thicknesses are too thin.
Here are the possibilities experimented with so far:
*EMT tubing (electrical) – Very light weight, like a typical floor lamp. Cannot be threaded, wall thicknesses are too thin. Have a variety of connectors, very cheap, such as set screw couplings, or very expensive, such as compression couplings.
*Piping and tubing (plumbing) – Much heavier, but more durable, and can be aesthetic, with an “industrial” look. Can be threaded at a hardware store for a few bucks.
Shaft Connectors (lamp nipples): Pipes and tubes vary quite a bit, and get pretty expensive the more durable they get. This can be the least aesthetic part, and tend to also get more expensive the better they look, at least in the opinion of the current designers. Some have a janky look, others create an industrial look. What’s great is that with standard tubing, a user can choose their options.
Base: This is so far the hardest part. There are bases available online, with covers. But again, having something very standard is so far the most difficult to figure out. So far what has been experimented with are weight plates (for lifting weights), which are usually thin, with a smaller diameter than bases that are molded and filled with plaster. The holes in the center has two standard diameters, but finding connectors has been a bit tricky. There are solid metal bases available that are very expensive. Perhaps the biggest issue is having something that allows the cord to be strung through and up into the shaft, which would require raising it while having something solid beneath.
Base Connectors: Between the base and shaft. This is difficult, with a lamp nipple to be secured between the base hole, and having connectors between the base and bottom shaft.
Base Cover: So far a simple baking pan, standard sizes and very effective.
Shade: There are some shades available online, but the most common products that can be used are mixing bowls, which are abundant and far cheaper. Having the minimum depth and bottom for the heatsink to sit is the most important thing, and there is also the issue of proportions, the ratio between diameter and height. It is yet to be seen if the reflectivity will be an issue, the inside may need to be painted white.