Elegant And Portable DIY Nightlight Becomes A Fixture For Hacker’s Kids

When [itzikdiy]’s kids asked for a night light for their room, he got the bright idea to build something that straddles the line between portable and permanent. This fixture-less fixture plugs directly into a wall socket and is turned on and off with a handsome rocker switch on the bottom.

This lovely little lamp is mostly made from scrap — the oak on the front appears to have come from an old cabinet door, and the other two ring-shaped pieces are made from pine. [itzikdiy] even took the acrylic from broken panel lamps. Everything was cut with a Dremel and a circle-cutter attachment except the oak, which required a jigsaw. We think it looks great, especially with the different grain directions — call it art deco woodworking.

When it was all said and done, [itzikdiy] found it was too heavy to hang by the plug alone, so he added an L-shaped support beneath the power supply that holds it more evenly against the wall. [itzikdiy] also made a pair of hooks that snap into a pair of slots on the sides of the outlet itself. The solution is simple, sturdy, and effective without disrupting the lines of the lamp at all. Carve out a little bit of time to watch the build video after the break.

We know that someone of your hulking intelligence has no fear of the dark. But if you think you could use a nightlight in the bathroom for those 2 AM trips, look no further.

11 thoughts on “Elegant And Portable DIY Nightlight Becomes A Fixture For Hacker’s Kids

  1. It looks nice, but I wonder about the efficiency. Most of the light is trapped inside. If the inside were either white or foil lined, perhaps fewer LEDs could be used.

  2. Wow, I looked at my video statistics and saw views coming from this site which I didn’t know about… Looks great site!
    Thank you Kristina for sharing my project and video, and thank you all for your comments.

    I have different types of project on my channel… but the projects I mostly like to make, are with combination of woodworking, electronics, and reuse old materials as much as possible…

    Some more projects which can be interesting, for example:
    – Another lamp from scrap wood and reused materials
    – Wooden toy crane with motor and remote control – from reused materials

    Look for it on my YouTube Channel.


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