Here at Provide Your Own, we love LED lighting. We also believe the best use of LED lighting is by making your own custom fixtures rather than going out to buy a manufactured light bulb.
An Italian company has the same idea. They have a product where you make your own LED desklamp from a pizza box. In the great spirit of open source, they even provide downloadable plans for cutting and folding your own.
Their version of the lamp uses only a 4″ LED strip for illumination. That comes out to about 60 lumens or the output of a 4 watt bulb. We recommend using at least a 12″ strip (cut into two 6″ pieces), which would provide about 180 lumens or 12 watts equivalent.
Here’s what you need to build your own:
- Pizza Box
- 12″ LED bulk strip – (requires soldering)
- (2) 6″ LED pre-made strips (no soldering required
- Terminal to Barrel Jack adapter
- 12v A/C adapter
- 12v Dimmer (optional)
For your convenience, we offer a complete kit (no soldering required) for only $24.95 (over 30% saving over buying the parts separately).
You don’t have to be limited to cardboard either. It is simple to repurpose an old desk lamp. Gooseneck lamps are especially great for this purpose. You can even create your own decorative head for the end of the gooseneck.