CD Lamp

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Project by fissionchips posted 09-03-2011 09:34 PM 32758 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing several CD lamp designs on the web I knew what would become of my discarded CD pile and set out to make my own.

The back support is hollowed out to house the lamp electronic ballast and on/off toggle switch.

The CDs are held only by the two small notched rails, epoxied in place. This assembly stands separate from the lamp tube to allow for disassembly. There is a slight zig-zag in the cd arrangement which lets more light through.

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#1 posted 09-03-2011 09:41 PM

This is cool. Hadn’t seen this idea before.

I can never seem to throw out dud CDs, they are quite cool looking things really and I always stash them away thiniking I will do somthing with them, of course I never do. I don’t get threough so many though, must be a good 200 discs there? I will keep saving them and keep the idea in mind.

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#2 posted 09-03-2011 09:50 PM

It worked well because all the old AOL CDs and old CDROMS came in various hues, with colourful print on top (though the tops face down in this version). I’ve forgotton the final count, perhaps 120 discs. I first bought a 12” compact flourescent tube lamp, and designed everything around that to get the size right. The tube required a little shaving to fit in the CD holes!

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#3 posted 09-03-2011 10:45 PM

Definitely s different approach instead of using them as coasters. Very nice…

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 10:11 PM

Ingenious! Anyone know how to make one from old cassettes? I have a bunch of them!

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 10:20 PM

Thats alot of CD’s! Love the way you used them. Seen too many CD wind chimes so this is definately a lovely use for them.

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