Turn a Fluorescent Bulb on Its Head For Innovative Lighting

Turn a Fluorescent Bulb on Its Head For Innovative Lighting

Joelle Alcaidinho
Feb 28, 2011

Being fans of the Earth and technology, it is not surprise that we are pretty on board with LED and CFL lighting. However one place where our love of fluorescent bulbs does not extend is to the long, ugly humming bulbs of many an office building and cheap apartment. This project however from Instructables user Wholman, just might change that by giving the burned out tubes a new lease on life, industrial design style.

Instructables user Will Holman decided it was time for a fresh take on the much loathed long fluorescent light bulb. These bulbs are typically in light fixtures that are the bastion of hospitals and offices and they are not exactly known for their sleek design. However, with the help of some concrete and by changing the standard relationship between the bulbs and the light fixture, the Alabama based artist did exactly what he set out to do and has created a light fixture that bears little resemblance to its former corporate life.

To make this project you will need: eight 1-1/2" diameter burned out fluorescent tubes, 8" diameter sonotube, 2' square of 3/4" plywood, 12" of 2" dia. PVC pipe, fluorescent fixture, 50 lbs. quick-set concrete mix, three-wire grounded power cord, speaker wire, toggle switch, a 3" x 6" x 1/4" piece of plexiglass, caulk, and drywall screws.

Of course like any project with these bulbs, take proper precautions. Fluorescent tubes are filled with hazardous toxins, namely mercury. Always work in a well-ventilated area. Be careful not to break a tube. If you do, wear a mask during cleanup and use gloves.

While this project is definitely not for the faint of heart (is anything that involves concrete and electricity?), we do think that this is a great way to upcycle these bulbs into an interesting form factor that is perfect for the home office that is more on the industrial side.

What do you think, would you have a light like this in your home?

Check out the post on Instructables, for the simple DIY instructions.

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(Images: Instructables user Will Holman)

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