Reading lamps made from drilled-out books


29 Responses to “Reading lamps made from drilled-out books”

  1. Doomstalk says:

    Totally not a fire hazard.

  2. Their feldspars says:

    Perfect if you like glare.

  3. guanto says:

    So… their specialty is unadulterated, pure incandescent (as in really hot; I mean, really?) fire hazards?

  4. s2redux says:

    But what if I want to read The Odyssey? Lamps all the way down makes my head hurt…

  5. Max says:

    All the bulbs that I’ve seen like that are generally not pushing the filament to it’s limits like modern bulbs do.
    With such a big filament, I guess you’ll avoid glare (by having a weaker more diffuse light source) AND avoid fires because it doesn’t get so hot.
    I might be wrong.

    • Max says:

      It does mean a very orangey light though, more like a flame than an electric bulb. “Mellow”

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Yeah, if the bulb casts a shadow from the environmental light even while said bulb is burning, it’s probably not a particularly hot wattage.

      But as for the book pictured, I think it’s a fine choice.  Homer himself, the old traditions go, would have had little use for the volume itself, nor the lamp they made from it.

  6. Hi there, all bulbs used are such low wattage, that even when left on for hours at a time, are not hotter than your hand can touch (nor harsh on the eyes). 

    The low incandescent bulbs definitely give off a ‘warm’ glow – hence a reading or accent light. I’m happy to address any specific questions or concerns.

  7. RedShirt77 says:

    Yeah, That’s pretty.  Wouldn’t want to leave it plugged in if i was in another room.  Would probably hurt my eyes if I was in the same room while it was turned on.

    Are we this eager to carve holes in all our old books?  do we have too many secret book safes?

  8. kairos says:

    As much as I do appreciate the repurposed-book aesthetic and rationally accept it, having an old book – especially an old copy of the Odyssey – that’s been drilled through and rendered unreadable around all the time would depress the hell out of me.

    • Jonathan Roberts says:

      It doesn’t actually look that old at all, I’d be more worried if it were a less well-known book too. I’d imagine a copy of the Odyssey from a few decades ago would be worth very little nowadays. It does look nice without a dust jacket though, I think making a lamp out of it is a good way of reflecting that.

      • nesnora says:

        I have that set of books— and I think they’re from the 20′s. GAH! This makes me cringe… and it’s not exactly that interesting of a lamp either… 

  9. ReboundDesigns says:

    Beautiful!  I’ve been a fan of Typewriter Boneyard for some time now, it’s great to see other artists making such wonderful things out of unwanted books. 

  10. dculberson says:

    Often times the next step for a book like that is the recycler.  Would you prefer it was a lamp or tomorrow’s junk mail?  Because that’s really the choice.  It’s not a choice between seeing it on someone’s shelf versus being a lamp.

  11. Ian Anthony says:

    Nice. 8 comments in, and everything that could be complained about has been complained about. Man I hope nothing creative I ever build ends up on Boing Boing.

    • dculberson says:

       My sediments exactly.

    • Jeff says:

       Complained about by people who have neither seen or tested the thing :-)

      I think it looks great :-)

    • RedShirt77 says:

      I saw this image on pinterest last week, and although I do pin a lot of things I love on that site, when I saw this, I thought, “What a beautiful bad idea.”

      My advice, if you can’t stand differing opinions on your projects, put them in a drawer and go back to filming Hangover 3.  Art ain’t for the timid.

  12. djangofan says:

    There is another word for that:  kindling .

  13. Ihavenofuckingname says:

    Finally, a use for books.

  14. Lix Diogenes says:

    Finally a purpose for all of those Anne Coulter/Bill O’Reilly/Sarah Palin hardcovers you found while dumpster diving…

  15. I like the look of the bulb. The bulbs are pretty cheap, too, so it looks like I’ll be getting a bunch.

  16. Kevlar says:

    In college ~25 years ago the math department would rev. the calculus book every year, forcing everyone to repurchase. I made a similar lamp out of an obsolete edition, and named it “Let There Be Light,” the Univ. of California’s motto.

  17. bex says:

    I really don’t like the craze for mutilating books. You may think a book is only good enough as a stupid lamp, but to someone else it could be gold.

  18. Abe Lincoln says:

    That book contains Plato’s account of the Socratic Apology.  I hope he read it first.  ;)

  19. Analog Kid says:

    Some objects lend themselves well to being turned into lamps.   This is just dumb.

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