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Princess Dukki
« on: April 06, 2005 11:33:21 AM »

So, my parents threw out a perfectly good set of computer speakers, because my cat chewed up the cord. It would be simple enough to fix them, and give them back, but I rescued them fair and square out of the trash and they're mine! LOL  Cheesy

Anyway, my question is this: if I removed the speakers themselves, would it be possible to turn the shells into lamps? I know I could just drill a hole in the bottom and put a little light fixture in, but I'm looking for something more complex than that. I want the power switch to still turn them on and off, and it would be frickin' awesome if the volume dial worked as a dimmer switch. Is there anyone out there with the mad skillz of an electrician who would know if this could be done? And who would have the patience to give me some directions? Or at least who would know of somewhere I could get some learnin' about this?

Please give any advice you have, and thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2005 12:24:31 PM »

Well, I;m going to school for electronics so I can try to help.  The power switch already controls the power so that is no problem.  To make the volume act as a dimmer, you might be able to connect a wire from the power switch to the volume then from there go to the light bulb.  If that doesn't work, you may need to go to the hardware store and get a real dimmer switch and connect it to the volume so that when you turn the dial on the volume, it turns the dial on the dimmer.  It shouldn't be that hard, just some trial and error.  I wish I had some old speakers lying around so I could try it and give you a proper tutorial.  It's harder to explain these kinds of things than it is to actually do them, but I'm willing to help however I can.

Did I make any sense, or am I just rambling?  lol  I'm so used to talking to techies about this stuff, it's hard to tell if regular people understand me too   Grin
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Princess Dukki
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2005 04:21:52 PM »

I understood you just fine, though I have no idea how I would go about wiring everything up together.

I considered getting a dimmer and hooking that up to the volume switch, but I would feel so much cooler if I could do it with just the volume switch and no extra parts.

I should be able to figure it out with some supplies, some patience, and a lot of alcohol.

Wait... how do I hook up the power switch to the light bulb?

I think I should know that before I start doing anything. I feel so ignorant, lol. Oh well. I've only taken electronics in high school... and grade 5. Oh, those were the days. Light-up Q&A boards were the highest technology.

The little board inside the speakers... should I keep that in there, and hook the light up to the wire the speaker had been attached to? Or would that totally not work?

Oh, and since they were computer speakers, I just realized they don't have a plug-in cord thingie. Wow I sounded intelligent. Anyhow, how would I go about attaching one? Or can I?

Oh the questions, oh the agony! I hope I don't sound too dumb right now.
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2005 05:10:28 PM »

Ok, I spoke with my colleage (ha, I sound all important lol) and he said you will need a dimmer switch, unless you are very electronically inclined to make your own, you won't just be able to use the volume control because of voltage differences.  You will need to get an A/C plug (the thing that comes out of the wall) it should have open wires on the other end to wire up to the power switch (you will most likely need to solder them on).  Then you need wire going from the power switch to the dimmer, then from the dimmer to the light bulb housing.
They sell light kits that have the A/C plug, a switch, and the light bulb housing for making lamps with, and they usually come with wiring instructions with diagrams which are a lot easier to use when trying to explain it.  Go to Radio Shack and find a knowledgeable person, tell them what you are doing and what you need and they should be able to get you all the correct supplies.  You will have to take out the board inside, you can't use it or it will fry (light takes a lot more voltage than speakers).
Wow this is hard to explain with words, it would be a lot easier to just say "now put that thing there and move this thing over here"  lol
Oh and alcohol and electricity don't mix well so be careful   Grin
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Princess Dukki
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2005 05:40:08 PM »

Right now, all of that blows my mind like you wouldn't imagine.

Kinda sad I won't be able to use the board and that I'll need the dimmer. But not surprised.

Thank you so much for helping me with this. I appreciate it like you wouldn't believe. Seems like a learning experience for both of us?

I will find me a kit, and I'm gonna attempt this. I am so psyched now, I think I might actually be able to accomplish this!

And I, like many others, am ten times more brilliant when drunk. Haha, I know though, I wasn't planning on being completely smashed whilst attempting this. Just gonna have a drink handy for when I fail horribly.

Edit: Realized I used the phrase 'like you wouldn't imagine' twice. Changed that. A little.
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2005 05:59:16 PM »

I know, it seems so much easier visualizing it in my head than it sounds when I try to put it to words.  But please feel free to either post here or PM me if you have any questions while you are attempting it, I will try to help.  And I really want to see the finished product when you finish, so you better post pics  lol.  I know a lot of people work better while drinking, but that phrase has been pounded into my head so I always throw it out there.  Good luck!
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Princess Dukki
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2005 06:07:03 PM »

Why thank you for the luck, I will probably need it. And if I manage to make this all work, I will certainly post pictures. Expect me to be posting again within a week or two, as soon as I can get supplies.

Well, 'til then!
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LoneCheeze
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2005 10:35:43 AM »

wow, that is such an awsome idea! glad there's someone on here who knows something about that stuff to help you.
hope you can get it to work!!!
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