How to Make a Lamp Base
Making a Lamp Base
With a little ingenuity, you can improvise your own table lamps from a variety of containers, provided that whatever you choose is sturdy enough to support a bulb-holder and shade. Old bottles, narrow-necked jugs, interesting vases — all can make attractive bases. All you need to buy is the bulb-holder, flex (cord) and plug; perhaps also a cork stopper if the neck of the container is too wide.
If you want to thread the flex down through the base, you will have to make a hole in the bottom of it. However, if the base is a treasured vase or a particularly brittle container that you do not want to drill, there is no reason why you cannot leave the flex coming out at the side. In which case, you may want to use a more decorative type of flex for the lamp — for example, striped or coloured.
1. If the bottle or jar is light, weight it down with pebbles or sand.
2. Wedge the bulb-holder into the neck of the container. If the neck is too wide, take a cork disc and, using a craft knife, cut a hole in it in which the bulb-holder can sit.
3. Insert the bulb-holder into the cork and wedge the assemblage into the bottle. To drill a hole in the base, use a spear-point drill bit in aset at a slow speed. Lubricate the drilling area with turpentine or white spirit contained by a sealed ring of putty.
When drilling glass, ceramics or other brittle materials, always wear protective goggles or special safety glasses.
Living with Electricity
• Have your electricalsystem checked every 5 years, or at once if you are buying an older property
• Any system more than 25 years old should be replaced
• Do not overload a socket (outlet) with plugs
• Replace damaged flexes
• Replace plugs that are broken or cracked
• Ensure trailing flexes are kept out of the way
• Store electric blankets flat and in a dry cupboard
• Keep electrical appliances away from the bathroom
Working with Electricity
• Always switch off power at the mains supply before carrying out any repairs or replacements
• Always disconnect an electrical appliance before working on it
• Use a circuit tester to check that you have shut off power to the area of your home you are working on
• Use a circuit breaker plug on household tools, such as drills and sanders
• If you are not sure how to do the job, call in an electrician