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December 31, 2007

Energy Drink Lamp

at 5:07 am. Filed under DIY Hacks

This is my own personal mod, it’s simple to make, and it looks great. Great addition to my other individualistic geeky items :]

** Before you take part in this modification, please be aware that you are using an AC house current to power the light bulb, AC can kill. So please, for all of us at Hacked Gadgets, be careful**

Materials:

1) 60 Watt light bulb (other wattages can be used)

2) Power cord (can be scavenged from anything)

3) Encasing (in this case, a “Jolt Energy Drink”)

4) Wire Strippers

5)Electric Tape (if you want to go the fast and easy route, I found a socket from a lamp and got it to fit with some slight grinding)

6) Soldering Iron if you use my method

7) Solder (duh)

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Alright, the hardest part is probably acquiring all the supplies. First you need to strip part of your power cord. After you strip it you should have two wires showing, strip the individual wires. After this, depending on the method you used, you can either use the electrical tape and tape the wires to the electrical contacts on the light bulb (usually the the threaded part is one contact, and the dot at the bottom is the second) Or you can find an old socket like I did and hook it up that way.

That is pretty much the basic design, now of course I do have an even cooler design in the works. I plan on getting one of the larger project boxes from Radio Shack, similar to this one maybe slightly larger, and getting a lighted toggle switch to turn the light off and on, and a photodiode so the lamp can go on automatically.

I hope you liked this simple hack, hopefully when ACT’s are over I can work on some even cool projects.

Other pictures:


 

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24 Responses to “Energy Drink Lamp”

  1. Dave Says:

    You can put light bulbs into anything.. What’s so great about it? Djeezz, HG is about to lose one loyal visitor.. What’s happening lately at HG?

  2. sheepdog Says:

    If the cans are made from metal, a 3 core cable should be used and the earth soldered to the can to prevent electric shock, should the live cable become dislodged and touch the inside of the can

  3. Hello Moto Says:

    So you made a lamp?

    I give this a sub-par rating.

    P.S. none of these materials are hard to get.

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  5. The Dude Says:

    I was hoping there was going to be some chemical reaction between jolt and some unknown item that would produce an electrical current…. that would be worth a read.

    also, definitely ground that can.

  6. Neil Says:

    Does this really qualify as a Hacked Gadget?

    I would have more use for that paper holder on the left and what appears to be a soldering iron holder on the right.

  7. Lyle Says:

    I love the idea but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. I’m still pining for those epic Bawls lamps casting a blue glow about my room, this seems a little harsh and throw together. Good effort though.

  8. Patrick Says:

    Who said any of the materials are hard to get?

    This is a small stupid mod, I don’t know what you expected from it.

    /Patrick/

  9. The Dude Says:

    I expected candy and fire works.

  10. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hey Guys,

    This hack that Patrick did does fit with the site theme. There will always be a wide range of project complexities shown here. There is nothing wrong will a cool looking 5 minute hack. 🙂

  11. Mr. Maigo Says:

    WARNING: Do not touch can, may be hot
    WARNING: Do not touch can, may be electrified
    WARNING: Do not place can near water
    WARNING: Do not look directly at unshielded light
    WARNING: Do not place can near wood chip collection

  12. Alan Parekh Says:

    LOL
    WARNING: Use of light may increase your electrical bill
    WARNING: Use of light after 12:00AM may cause poor sleeping cycles, lack of sleep is a know cause of motor vehicle accidents.

  13. joe Says:

    Like caffeine much?

  14. Dan Says:

    wow, look quickly. Once again we have hot glued a lamp to a(an) (insert random object here)and created a fire hazard….

  15. crafties Says:

    that is the dumbest thing ive ever seen LOL

  16. octel Says:

    “There is nothing wrong will a cool looking 5 minute hack. :)”

    How is this even remotely a “hack”?! Whoever submitted this is a total hack, though! It’s a stupid lamp, and a shoddily-made one at that. This garbage is not what HG is about.

  17. chris Says:

    We go from beer launching fridge to this? And that can should have a ground or insulated can, especially
    if you USE ELECTRICAL TAPE TO HOLD LIVE WIRES ONTO A LIGHTBULB SITTING ON TOP OF AN OLD ALUMINUM CAN!
    Lame. Come on. I can’t wait for some inexperienced high school freshman to try this project.

  18. ave Says:

    Gotta leave a comment for this old thing… Electrical tape is NOT meant to be used to stick things together. It’s made for MARKING wires. For ground, you use the green/yellow tape if the cable has a shielding, not a wire for the ground and for a switch, you mark the blue “zero” (baaad&quick translation) wire to be a live wire with a wrap of the black tape. That’s it. It’s not for insulation tho it will insulate. It’s not for sticking things together, that’s suicidal. And poor connections cause a risk of fire.

    And for the “hack” itself. It’s not quite a hack, but the idea is fun for killing 5-10 minutes of your spare time.

  19. DAVE Says:

    i wouldnt like that thing on, just something about large 60 wat lightbulbs exposed that make me feel like the lighting isnt at its optimal level. maybe get a lampshade and make it like the bawls energy bottle lamp

  20. awesome Says:

    hmm what are the procedures to doing this?

  21. Alan Parekh Says:

    The steps are listed but they are quite high level so please don’t attempt them if you are not sure how to proceed…

  22. awesome Says:

    did not notice that. hmm is the soldering iron actually needed?

  23. awesome Says:

    and is the solder actually needed?

  24. evcil hayvanlar Says:

    Thanks for sharing…

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