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Old 08-02-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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5 gal Bucket Light

Saw this for the first time this weekend...googled it and found this link. Its a Bucket Light. Looks cool at night!! Anyone Make one?

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Old 08-02-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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I have one. But it is a 2.5 gallon bucket.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:13 AM   #3
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Yes , 5 gallon. 60 w bulb. ... Make sure you take extra bulbs
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:26 AM   #4
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I did mine a lil' different
5 gallon bucket
Bought a ceramic light bulb base like for closet light for celling
Mounted it on bottom inside , ran bolts through the bottom of bucket through ceramic base , washers and nuts on inside
I had a 12'. 18 gauge ext cord , wired it the base and store it inside

When using unsnap bucket , pull out cord and snap back on lid and hang up

Left the top lid alone , did not want to drill holes in top , water could get in ?
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:58 AM   #5
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My grandfather has made several of those out of some decorative plastic flower pots that are about 2.5\3 gallons. He drilled the sides and put colored plastic beads in it to make some designs, really neat looking, i'll post pictures next time I can get some of it.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:10 PM   #6
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I did mine a lil' different
5 gallon bucket
Bought a ceramic light bulb base like for closet light for celling
Mounted it on bottom inside , ran bolts through the bottom of bucket through ceramic base , washers and nuts on inside
I had a 12'. 18 gauge ext cord , wired it the base and store it inside

When using unsnap bucket , pull out cord and snap back on lid and hang up

Left the top lid alone , did not want to drill holes in top , water could get in ?
I would like to see more info on ur version before I build one!....Thanks!
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:50 PM   #7
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Made mine using a 2 1/2 gallon bucket and a 7 watt CFL yellow bug light.

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:24 AM   #8
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I used a drop cord light with a 50' cord. the bucket is the cord case along with my other electric cord we carry. solved two problem with one fixture.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:52 AM   #9
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Very cool idea.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:46 AM   #10
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this is my second bucket light the first one I use a blue rope light in a white bucket this one I used a green menards bucket inside is a ceramic ceiling light fixture screwed to the bottom with either a 25w or 40 watt white florescent bulb.


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I carry one but don't use it very often. It is a plain white 5 gallon bucket with a 13 watt CFL bulb it in. It is setup similar to the one in OP's vid. We did happen to use it this past weekend when camping for DD's first birthday and had a larger group around the fire, they sure to come in handy for that. I also like the storage aspect of it, I keep all my cords in the bucket when not in use.
It also gets used for a water bowl for the dogs when they come with us. For a weekend trip I can usually fill it once and it will keep both the dogs taken care of.
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I wonder how well a few of these hung over bags boards would light the area up enough to play and see well enough?
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:18 AM   #13
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Looks a bit gaudy to me. I'm not one for show lights. I steered clear from those awning lights everyone was touting as well.
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Looks a bit gaudy to me. I'm not one for show lights. I steered clear from those awning lights everyone was touting as well.
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Those awning lights will burn (white) for you non (show) people .
They can be dimmed as well.

Hmmmm a dimmer switch on a bucket light.

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Saw this for the first time this weekend...googled it and found this link. Its a Bucket Light. Looks cool at night!! Anyone Make one?

Good idea - one thing he should have mentioned, perhaps more than once, is to be sure to mount the J-box on the underside of the bucket lid and not the top.
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I wonder how well a few of these hung over bags boards would light the area up enough to play and see well enough?
It works quite well. I have used mine for that on more that one occasion.
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It works quite well. I have used mine for that on more that one occasion.
Good to know
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I wonder how well a few of these hung over bags boards would light the area up enough to play and see well enough?
You can't see in broad daylight, but they might help your competitors.
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After getting back from my trip this weekend, where I observed several bucket lights at the campground...I decided to build one.

A 5 gallon bucket is too big/tall to fit in any of my storage places, but a 2 gallon would.
Trying to make it as simple as possible, I went to Home Depot and picked up a white bucket in the paint section for $3.50 plus a $2 dollar lid. I grabbed a 4 pack of 60 watt equivalent CFL bulbs (daylight) for $9. They won't get extremely hot like a regular bulb would. I use these in my house anyway. I then got a Leviton outlet to light socket plug (pic below) for $1.87..........so I got about $10 total in this.



1. Using a 1 1/4 inch spade bit, drilled a hole in the top of the lid.

2. Inserted the socket plug from the inside to the outside of the lid. It's a tight fit, but I may epoxy it later to assure it stays put and make it watertight.

3. Put in the CFL bulb and replaced the lid. It's done

Here's a few pics and also where I used an orange CFL bulb for effect to make Turbo jealous. LOL
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I built mine with a "gamma seal" screw on lid. I have two buckets with those lids, a 5 gallon and a 2 1/2 gallon. I can interchange the screw on lid between the two buckets. One lid has the light, on just a plain screw on lid.

I put a blue CFL bulb in mine. It's a neat camp light. I'll take some pics this upcoming trip in a couple weeks.

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