Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mad Scientist Light Box


This creepy lighting for the mad scientist's room was inspired by one on Instructables seen here.  We picked up the wooden box for $3 at a surplus store and I used Early American stain on it.



My husband drilled the holes in it and did all of the wiring.  The reason he wired it up was so that we could add a dimmer switch, making it easier to see the inside of the light bulbs.  I have no idea how he did it and I'm not really comfortable sharing tutorials on electrical work here anyway so you will just have to figure that part out yourself.

If you don't want a dimmer switch though, you can just pick up the light bases that have an outlet plug on the end (like these here) for around $1 and plug it into a power strip that you set in the box.  You can pick up funky light bulbs (like these) for around $5 each.


It gives the room a perfectly eerie glow.  Now I just need to find a lock to keep the box closed instead of using a toothpick.  :)

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8 comments:

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Way cool!!!

pensive said...

I really like that! What a great idea for a lamp.

Wonder if those bulbs would fit my sconces. Hmmm...

Alison said...

cool project!! Thanks for sharing :)

Faith said...

Super cool box!

Mrs. Limestone said...

This is such a great project. Its actually lovely anytime of year - not just halloween.

Jenn said...

Love it!! This is the perfect lamp for my daughter's room. Can't wait to show it to my husband!

Jenn

Katalina Jewelry said...

Very cool! Those light bulbs are awesome for this project!

Katie said...

You know I love this and so wish I had time to make this for our party last weekend. I just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring this on Sew Woodsy later today!