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Traffic Cone Lamp

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Richard Kennedy
Traffic Cone Lamp

Project Type

Make-it-Yourself

Category

Lighting

Waste Materials

Bike Parts

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1,930
An ambient piece of mood lighting which intrigues the audience as it has the form of a desk lamp but gives of a soft peaceful glow rather than a harsh spotlight

Materials & Equipment List

Traffic Cone (Please do not steal street furniture!)Bicycle WheelOld Tent poleLight Fitting, Cable & Plug4x M4 Screws & 1x NutA Small Scrap of MDF or SimilarWhite Spirit, Paper Towel & GlovesPliersHack SawProtractor & Permanent MarkerMeter RuleDrill & 3.2mm + 4mm Drill piece4mm Screw Thread TapWood SawScrew Driver- Philips & Flat Head Wire wool or Sanding PadHammer PunchMetal FileEpoxy Resin

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Clean any grease or dirt from the bike wheel and first remove the tyre with a tyre lever or a flat headed screw driver, then remove all of the spokes by undoing the spoke nuts.
Use the protractor & meter rule to mark the wheel into 6ths (60
Next mark the middle of three of the wheel segments 20mm from the end and mark this spot with a punch. Drill through the points with a 4mm drill piece. Afterwards, use steel wool or a sanding pad to tidy up the surface of the bike wheel
Find an old tent pole or similar (the type which has a narrow end which is tapered to fit into another polo, this is essential) and using the hacksaw cut a 50mm section from the wider end.
Now measure three points 120
Using a 4mm tap, cut a screw thread into each of the three holes. When using a tap, remember every now and then to turn the tap back anti clockwise to prevent the tap form snapping or becoming damaged.
Now screw the legs to the center bracket using the M4 screws.
Now cut a 60mm section out of the narrow end of the tent pole we cut earlier, finishing one end in a 45
Saw or sand any MDF that protrudes the pole and then drill a hole at a 45
Take your traffic cone and saw the end of to whichever size you fancy, remembering that to large a lamp head will make the lamp unstable. I cut a section approx 220mm long. If you wish clean the lamp head up a bit but the natural patina and marks that the lamp has picked up in its hard life on the road is what adds appeal to this item.
Drill a hole in the center of one side of the traffic cone lampshade, around halfway down but again this is down to preference, as long as the lamp is stable. Then place the hole over the protruding screw thread and fixing the two together with a small nut. The easiest way to do this is with a small pair of pliers.
The final step is to wire the lamp up! You will find that a standard pendant light fitting is the exact same diameter as the hole in the top of a traffic cone. Unscrew the bottom of the light fitting, slide it into the hole at the top of the cone and then screw the bottom back on through the cone. Then attach the cable and plug. Please remember it is best to wire the lamp under supervision of an electrician and to have it PAT tested before it is used
The finished Traffic Cone Light.
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Richard Kennedy

Lincoln

United Kingdom

My names Richard Kennedy and I'm currently studying Product Design at Lincoln University...

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