Fluorescent Floor Lamp

Fluorescent Floor Lamp

Energy Efficient Fluorescent Torchiere Floor Lamps provide a brilliant combination of color, brightness and 10,000 hours average lamp life. Note that the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that the popular halogen torchieres are quite dangerous as a result of the heat they generate. These attractive Fluorescent Torchiere Floor Lamps are an excellent alternative to Halogen lighting because they work at very low operating temperatures. Additionally, the fluorescent light bulbs in the Fluorescent Torchiere Floor Lamps are up to 75% more energy efficient than halogen light bulbs.
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Fluorescent Floor Lamp

Fluorescent lighting is more efficient than LED in many situations. For any light source that you are planning on using, look at the lumens/watt. If you're using fluorescent lighting sources, try to always use T8 or T5 lamps and compatible electronic ballasts.
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Fluorescent Floor Lamp

some times you build a florescent lamp, instead of an LED lamp. And you say to yourself who cares if they having rolling black outs in India. I am a building an american lamp for myself not India. This would cost a small fortune if you tried to make it with LED's. LED's are expensive. You can buy all the stuff to build a light like this for a fraction of the cost. Plus LED's would not provide the same look. I love the earth I believe on conservation. That said not everything always has to be built for maximum efficiency. Sure its great to have as much efficiency as possible, but there are cases when an LED wont do the job. You just need light without over complicating the project tiny expensive parts. Every time someone makes something cool, The energy police come in and say you could have done with LED's. Really! Maybe LED's aren't the right look. Maybe there is a budget to work with. Maybe stylistically LED's dont work. To Pravardhan, Maybe you should build a smaller version for India. and leave the big stuff to us.
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Fluorescent Floor Lamp

Awesome Instructable.

Fluorescent Floor Lamp

Well, technically there are Electronic Dimming Ballasts, but these only drop the voltage (and light output) some to decrease power consumption and increase lamp life.  They would be expensive for such an elegantly simple project.

Fluorescent Floor Lamp

An easy way to get softer light is just to diffuse it.  Sew some semi-transparent fabric into a cylinder.  I can imagine a cheap bedsheet or piece of burlap looking neat.  You could even rig it like a curtain – up or down.

Fluorescent Floor Lamp

And yes, a mini version of this would also look cool.  Use 2ft. fixtures with T5 (5/8 inch) light bulbs.
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Fluorescent Floor Lamp

Not absolutely sure but I think they are called “Wire Strip Terminals” You just twist the lamp's wires together, put them in one of the holes and turn the screw (not visible in photo, it's on the other side). Nothing fancy really. You can hide the connection using heat shrink tube or electrical tape. 🙂

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