How-To: Power outlet from light socket

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

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By Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

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You can get these things at hardware stores in the US, but not in central Europe, where the Graffiti Research Lab Vienna operates. Use a light bulb and an electrical socket to create on-the-go power for your tools, in this case a projector.

The basic idea is pretty simple: in a lot of today’s urban environments you can find a regular light bulb reasonably close-by. In Vienna, where this was executed, you can find one above almost every doorstep. The technology is even simpler – take the screw-cap of a regular light bulb and instead of connecting it to filaments it’s being connected to a power socket.

There’s an instructable, too!

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