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Design your Electrical Lamp

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<p>We’ve got a little theme going: designs formed from their mechanical
parts. The Electrical Lamp, by designer Tommy Dykes, is made from an old
electrical cable


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electrical lamp, home appliances, home décor, arts & crafts


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We’ve got a little theme going: designs formed from their mechanical
parts. The Electrical Lamp, by designer Tommy Dykes, is made from an old
electrical cable which runs from outlet to electrical bulb, with the body
molded around a used wine bottle. The eco-lamp comes with a super-
efficient electrical bulb that provides up to 50,000 hours of light
(which they calculate at 27 years at a rate of 5hrs/day).

The coolest part about the Lead Lamp is that the website essentially
offers DIY instructions for making your own lamp with a cord from an old
household appliance, with diagrams and step-by-step details — plus lots
of information about the recycling and reuse of PVC power cables.

Appliance cords found in the home are made from the Thermoplastic, PVC
[polyvinyl chloride.] The term thermoplastic means simply a plastic that
when heated softens and hardens again when cooled. This allows it to be
moulded into shapes. (Can’t help but wonder about the off-gassing from
heating old electrical cables, which is part of the process of making
these.)

We love the crafy DIY element of these lamps, and the variety of options
you have in selecting the color and thickness of the cord, and the style
of used lampshade. You could go basic white like this one, or choose a
crazy tassled thing and a bold colored body.

				
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