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Building Your Own Lamp

If you like to create things by hand, one of the more interesting things that you can make is your own lamps. This process is fun and it can be as easy or challenging as you would like to make it. There are so many different lamp parts out there that the possibilities for a final product are close to infinite. For the creative handyman, lamp creation is a very fulfilling process because it does have so many different and unique ways in which you can approach it.

The best way to start is with the most basic parts. Every desk and floor lamp, for example, has three different parts: the base, the column, and the bulb area. You can start from the bottom with a classy base, and build up from there. Remember, the longer the column is, the easier it will be for the lamp to fall over so make sure that the base is large and sturdy enough to prevent this from happening. You can always find a top quality base for a very low price, depending upon the materials that you wish to use. For example, an unfinished aluminum base is generally cheaper than a high quality brass base would be.

Next, you want a column. These come in several different sizes, but can be broken up into two main categories: shorter desk lamps and tall floor lamps. The height of your lamp can easily be customized by connecting smaller column pieces to each other, too, giving you an even bigger number of creative choices.

The light bulb is a tricky area. The bulb will not work without electricity, so you will need a few different parts here in order to make your custom lamp workable. Start with the socket. This is the area that the light bulb will screw into. You will also find that many lamps have their own and off functions here. There are buttons you can push, knobs to turn, or drawstrings to pull.    The design that you choose doesn’t matter; it is all a matter of personal taste.

You will also find out on the market that there are socket extensions, too. These basically screw into the extension if the bulb needs to be raised a bit. For most projects you will not need these, but in some custom cases they can be very useful.

You need to bring power to the socket somehow, and for this you will need an electrical cord. This is what connects the bulb to the wall socket so it has the power to turn on. Many people prefer to leave the power cord as hidden out of sight as possible. To do this, the cord can be snaked through the column up to the bulb socket. The other end would come out below the base and the only thing that will be visible in this scenario is the area between the base and the wall socket.

Finally, we come to the bulb itself. You have a lot of choices here, but it seems that current environmentally friendly trends are moving toward CFL and LED lights. You can still use older model light bulbs with nice results but these use more electricity and do not last as long. This makes the older bulbs more costly in the long run.

Your custom built lamp is a reflection of who you are. You can create almost anything you can imagine and with lamp accessories thrown in, too, the choices you have are absolutely limitless. Start looking at previously made designs and take note of what you like and dislike. This will allow you to make your lamp your own.