In the event that you’ve ever received a Poster or Laptop Skin from Paintcollar, you are probably aware that these masterpieces come in rigid cylindrical cardboard tubes. In more ways than one poster tubes are the unsung heroes, till the time they fill their need, yet what after that ?
We promptly dispose these off. On the other hand if in some way you have that ‘creative bug’ residing within you, you would keep these aside hoping that you will make something useful out of these rigid cylindrical structures. Well people, today is the day you get the opportunity. Paintcollar presents to you an orderly guide on how poster tubes can be helpful for more than just ‘delivery’.
How To Build a Kickass Bulb Holder
Assemble the following list of items:
- The all important Poster Tube
- A Bulb
- Bulb socket
- A Twisted pair wire (similar to the one shown in the pictures)
- A Hacksaw (not necessary but only required if you want to reduce the length of the tube)
- A Corkscrew/Swiss Knife
- Pencils & Markers
- A strong thread/ a thin rope
First, the basic idea here is to understand that the bulb tends to get too hot, hence needs to be freely suspended inside the tube holder so that it has enough space to move. To suspend the bulb we need to insert a pencil or any similar object into the the tube as shown below.
You can use a corkscrew or the Swiss Knife as shown to pierce holes on either sides of the poster tubes.
Now set up your arrangement as shown in the pictures.
First take the length of your wire you need and connect it to your bulb socket.
Insert the wire into the tube, keeping the pencil as a reference. (as shown in the picture)
Pro tip : It is necessary to wrap the pencil with the wire to perfectly execute that freely suspended bulb inside. If you are finding it difficult to wrap the wire around the pencil as shown in the picture (above), use a scale or any other tall enough instrument to help you achieve that wrap. Refer the picture below.
It should look something like this.
And now connect the bulb to the bulb socket, and check if what you have built is good to go.
Try checking if the bulb is working, the connections are fine and that the bulb is freely suspended inside the tube before you plan to hang it anywhere.
One final step, add some holes at different places on the tube. This helps give it a more dramatic lighting effect, and also helps us insert thin ropes so that we can hang it wherever we want.
So this what your final output would look like. Not bad eh ?
We hope you enjoyed making this supercool DIY Bulb holder. If you wish to pursue some more DIY projetcs, check out this amazing blog.