Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Step by Step Guide to Fix Your Turkish Lamp at Home

Turkish Lamps in Grand Bazaar
Step by Step Guide to Fix Your Turkish Lamp at Home
Today, I will tell you Turkish Lamp Fixture at Home. How the story begins we were looking for some kind of lamp to go over our television at home as the corner which is pretty dark. We didn't want anything too bright, but just enough to illuminate the area. Following my steps will definitely help you to Fix your Turkish Lamp.

Tools to Fix your Turkish Lamp

i. The lamp you will use will be the centrepiece of the project, so be sure to pick something that will make you happy to look at every day. Again in my case, we needed three lamps.

ii. An inline on/off lamp switch. You can place this anywhere on the electrical cord to fit your installation.

iii. Black tape roll is needed for lamp connection or uses heat shrink / a soldering iron, but in my case, the electrical tape will work fine.

iv. A lamp electrical cord. Make sure that it will be long enough to reach the outlet from where you hang the lamp.

v. Sisal rope for the electric cord of lamp. In my case, we used a roll of 1/4 inch thick.

vi. Thinner Jute roll to wrap the lamp cords to each other. Choose one size for doing a lamp with a single cord.

Steps to Fix your Turkish Lamp

Step One: Prepare the lamp cords. Very first thing is to wrap the cords of the lamp. In my case, two of the lamps had been cut from their electrical plugs already and the third had an absolutely enormous plug on it. The cords were also twined thru the hanging chain which we did not want to leave as we were going to shorten the chain and wrap the cords in jute.

Step Two: Shorten The Chains. What we want was to hang all three lamps at different levels, so I set the lamp chains to shorten accordingly. Keep the links you remove, as once you have it hanging you may decide to change your mind and put the links back in. If not, it's always a good idea to keep things like that around to use in another project.

Step Three: Wrap The Lamp Cords. Simply tie a knot and start the wrapping to the jute close to the lamp as much as possible. Our lamps have a cord that is made of a fairly soft rubber material so the jute grabbed it just fine without slipping. if your cable is made out of a harder plastic, you may need to glue the initial knot in place to keep it from moving. Now it's time for the fun part. And by fun, I mean the part that's going to feel like it takes forever. every time you loop around a wire you want to be sure to push it tightly up against the previous loop. Make sure that none of the electrical cord is open showing.

The thicker rope is harder to work with, but will cover the cord more quickly while the smaller jute will take longer as you need more wraps to cover the same area. You should stop every so often to check your work and make sure that you are keeping the wrap tight. You don't want to get past the area, only to find out you need to back all the way up to re-do it. When you finally get to the end, you are going to tie it off with another couple of knots just like when you started it. My you need glue if your lamp cord is made of a harder plastic. You would do if you were wrapping only a single cord. You have to do this another two times before going to the next step. I am just going to speed this up and get thru it as quickly as possible for both our sakes.

Step Four: Wrap the Electrical Cord. As we are having three separate lamp cords come together here, we wanted the point that continued on to appear to be bulkier than the individual cords did. To get started, use a piece of the jute to tie the end of the rope to the cord at your initial starting point. You could also use glue, but we prefer the look of the jute as it matches in and will be wrapped in under the rope. Now, begin wrapping the rope around the electrical cord much as we did around the lamp cords.

Also, stop and check your work every so often to make sure you are keeping the wrap nice and tight for the same reasons as before. Keep wrapping for another four to six inches. Every so often, you are going to want to grab a piece of jute and tie a securing point on the cable to make sure it does not unravel. After that, just keep wrapping and securing until you have gotten the length that you need for your project. For us that approximately three feet which will reach from the area the cords will be hanging to down behind the television. Once you have reached the full length go ahead and tie off the end with another piece of jute and rejoice that you are finally done with that part.

Step Five: Install The Switch. First, you need to remove the screw that holds the casing together. After that, carefully split the two wires of the cable apart. Next, place the wire into the case so that you know where to cut. Only cut one of the wires. Once the wire is cut, fit it into the notches in the switch. There is really only one way it can go, so don't be afraid of messing it up. Finally push the two pieces of the casing back together, insert the screw back in and tighten everything up.

Step Six: Wire The Lamps Together. At this point, take your scissors and carefully remove the insulation from about an in of the end of each of the wires. I have already done that here, and you can see the bare copper showing on the end. Take two of the lamp cords and using one wire from one lamp, and a second wire from the other lamp, twist them together. Repeat that with the remaining two wires from the lamps leaving them connected with both wires. Now follow the above steps and apply to the other lamp. Finally, two sets to be taken which have already made by you, bring them together and twist them into two separate pairs. Now the electricity will be distributed to each of the lamps.

Now, we are going to wrap several layers of tape tightly around all of the exposed wirings. Wrap it from half an inch or so past the base of your exposed wiring all the way to a little past the tip. You want to be very careful and very thorough with this part. If you do not completely insulate the bare wires there is a very real chance they will spark and catch fire. This is not something you want to take your time and do it right. When everything is done, I am hoping the three cords coming out of the bundle will look like branches of a tree. Again just take your time to get a nice tight wrap along the entire length pausing occasionally to check your progress. Tie a couple of knots when you covered the remaining area.

Step Seven: Admire Your Amazing Lamp. You have done it! I know that I am extremely happy with how our lamp turned out and I hope that you are just as happy with yours.

The thing which I left only is hanging of a lamp and plug it in to enjoy its beauty. Creating something yourself is an amazing way to not only help your wallet and the planet, it feels good to be able to do it.

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