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Old 10-23-2014, 10:00 AM   #1
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Lightbulb My new bucket light. =)

My wife and I were camping last week in Spring Mill State Park in Indiana and saw a campsite with 3 bucket lights. We had never seen these, so I set out to make some. After looking on here, I've seen it discussed, but wanted to show what I did if anyone is looking for any ideas.

Bought a $4 plain white bucket from Lowe's.
Bought a $3 lamp fixture from Lowe's.
Bought a $12 Remote Controlled LED light bulb from Amazon.
Used an old extension cord to power the lamp fixture.

I've attached a video of the results. It's nice because of the remote. It allows you to change the colors of the bulb at will and also turn it off at night without having to manipulate a switch on all of them.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:11 AM   #2
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Pretty cool. Can you share the amazon link to the bulb?
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:30 AM   #3
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Light fixtures can be found here

LED bulb can be found here

Took 5 minutes to make and the results are good imo.

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By the way, you can use just about any decent power cable. I used an extension cord for this one, but I'm building 2 more just like. As I'm out of extension cords, I will use old computer power cables. Just cut the female end off, strip the black jacket from the wires. Cut the green wire back as you don't need it (it's the ground wire) and just use the black and white wires you have left to fire up the fixture. Super easy.

For this one, I used the lamp fixture, but it was $3, found it cheaper on Amazon for just a standard light fixture.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:42 AM   #5
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Thanks, love amazon prime. I've got a bulb on the way.
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Awesome!
I've seen some people that use neatly decorated flower pots for a nice effect instead of the bucket. If I find a nice looking plastic flower pot, I may try it.
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We made ours a little more standard. We used a standard 6 foot (16/3) appliance cord, a standard plastic lamp holder, aweather seal wire grommet and a 40W LED bulb, installed in a 2 gallon bucket with lid.

The appliance cord enters the side of the bucket with tight wire grommet and wired to the lamp base. The base is nut and bolted to the bottom of the bucket and sealed the bolt holes with some silicon caulking. Then just screw in the LED light. I don't see it as any more or less weather tight then other outdoor lighting but have yet to find water inside the bucket yet. It is great for adding some light to a table for eating at night, after that we just unplug it.
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Light ordered, thanks for that link
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:35 PM   #9
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We made ours a little more standard. We used a standard 6 foot (16/3) appliance cord, a standard plastic lamp holder, aweather seal wire grommet and a 40W LED bulb, installed in a 2 gallon bucket with lid.

The appliance cord enters the side of the bucket with tight wire grommet and wired to the lamp base. The base is nut and bolted to the bottom of the bucket and sealed the bolt holes with some silicon caulking. Then just screw in the LED light. I don't see it as any more or less weather tight then other outdoor lighting but have yet to find water inside the bucket yet. It is great for adding some light to a table for eating at night, after that we just unplug it.
Ya are just too fancy. I go simple, and just insert a $1.79 adapter from Home Depot into a hole I cut in the center of a lid for the bucket. I can usually cut it with a utility knife as the lid is very flexible. I make the hole just a hair small, and then force fit the adapter below from the inside of the lid, with the prongs hanging out the outside, which I can then just plug any extension cord into.

I put the extension cord in the bucket when not in use, as the bulb is in the lid and won't get hurt.



It's not waterproof, but I don't really need the bucket lite anywhere when it's raining as I'm not going to be out in it.

Can't wait to try Mercury049's led bulb suggestion.
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We didnt want the bulb bouncing around. What we like is it takes a licking, we can hang it on stuff, it just gets tossed into the lower storage of the 5er. turns on every time.
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