COLD LAMPIN #1 Yo! COLD LAMPIN #1 Yo!

Posted in Boombox lamp, Custom Modern Lighting, vintage radio lamp with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2008 by mrhgalactic

This is “Cold Lampin I”, my first full on boombox lamp. It’s made from a Viking boombox. I cut out the speaker grills and put Cherry veneer in their place, removed the circuit board and speakers, threw in 4 light sockets, wired in a dimmer that’s worked by the volume knob and presto chango it’s a lamp! It also doubles as a wedding present for the beautiful Erin & Dustin.

 

ColdLampin I

 

ColdLampin I in effect

Better pictures coming soon.

Natural Selection

Posted in Boombox lamp, Custom Modern Lighting, vintage radio lamp with tags , , , , , , , on January 12, 2008 by mrhgalactic

This is the first of the Cold Lamps namesake “Cold Lampin Shorty 1”. He’s made out of an old Zenith radio, with Birch veneer behind the speaker grill and a strip of Cherry veneer inlaid into the plastic next to the frequency selector.

Cold Lampin Shorty 1

I wired the volume knob as a dimmer. Shorty 1 was a Christmas present for my brother.

Making Fire!

Posted in Custom Modern Lighting, Recycled Cars with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2007 by mrhgalactic

Cold Lamp “BattleStar” logo

These are my galactic fleet of Battlestar lamps, “Battlestar Left” and “Battlestar Right.” They were commissioned by the lovely Miss Speare. Being direct descendents of JFK005 (see next post) they incorporate the form and function of the same three elements of , hand made veneer shade, recycled automobile break light and a video game controller.

Cold Lamp “Battlestar Left” Money shot

The three ring veneer shade is made of Birch with a Cherry overlay. The cut outs in the overlay are of Mack, my last name, and strawberries which Miss Speare loves. The Atari Paddleball controller is a dimmer for the upper lamp and the red button on the side turns the big red  break light on and off. I was never able to figure what car the break lights came from. But I do know they are sweet lookin and they remind me of the engines on the Battlestar Galactica. Here are a few more pics. Enjoy!

Cold Lamp “Battlestars Galactic Fleet” at buyers homeCold Lamp “Battlestars” Galactic FleetCold Lamp “Battlestar Left” controllerCold Lamp “Battlestar Right” Close up

Walking Upright

Posted in Custom Modern Lighting, Recycled Cars with tags , , , , , , on December 21, 2007 by mrhgalactic

This is JFK005. At its inception in 2005, the JFK005 was my most advanced prototype. Rough around the edges, but a successful bridge of function and Beauty. JFK005’s break light assembly comes from the same model of car John F Kennedy was assassinated in, a 1961 Lincoln Continental. Cold Lamp JFK005 money shot Along with the recycled break light base, the hand made Cherry veneer shade brings the lamp into the land of function. Shinning chrome and glowing wood, a match made in heaven. Like a monkey and long legs to run with. Bringing it together is an old Sega Genesis video game controller. I wired the A button as the power switch, the B Button as the  primary light switch and the C Button as the break light switch. Here are some more pics for you. 

Cold Lamp JFK005 Bottom Off Cold Lamp JFK005 ControllerCold Lamp JFK005 Rear View

Climbing out of the water

Posted in Custom Modern Lighting, Recycled Cars with tags , , , on December 19, 2007 by mrhgalactic

This is “Lampy,” my first custom lamp made from car parts. Back in 2005 I went into the primordial soup, the Memory Lane junkyard in Sun Valley, Ca, looking for anything I could give new life to as lighting for my desk at work. In the back of a pickup was a pile of old head and tail light assemblies. Just a bunch of pitted chrome and broken plastic in the most gorgeous shapes I could imagine. Lampy is made from one head light shell and one break light assembly. The two sockets at the top are put together from different outdoor house light pieces. He has a cord dimmer that works the whole piece.
Cold Lamp “Lampy” 2005
I love Lampy for his beauty, but his functionality aint too hot. If he is turned up enough to illuminate, you need sunglasses. Not good. Beauty FOLLOWS form/function, a key lesson from Lampy. Along with, bulbs need a shade…

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