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Inhabitat has a great article on some green lighting options from the London Design Festival: LIGHTEN UP, but why not make your own, from recycled materials!

From Instructables, here is a list of materials and a brief pictorial overview of the steps. See the full how-to here.


  • Glue gun

  • Craft knives

  • Scissors

  • Diagonal/wire cutters or nail clippers


  • Strong corrugated cardboard, preferably 2-layer.

  • Paper- I used regular lined paper but if you wanted to be fancy you could used textured craft paper or tracing paper.

  • Bamboo/wooden chopsticks or kebab skewers.

  • Straight batten lightbulb socket.

  • Plug.

  • couple of metres of flex (2-core or 3-core is ok)

  • (optional) Inline switch.

  • Light bulb - A 11W CFL

Assemble the frame from found found chopsticks, skewers, etc. and affix paper using glue gun.

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Make one panel for each side and create a design if wanted.

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Assemble the base using the strong cardboard and affix the light bulb socket.

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Screw in the CFL and test! Using an incandescent would not only use more energy, but would be a possible fire hazard with the increased heat.

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