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Delightfully Eccentric Lamps Make Use of Obsolete Technology

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These two beautifully quirky lamps were fashioned out of obsolete technology, including aircraft compasses, railroad signal switching relays and stainless-steel ink cylinders. Creative recycling is so awesome.


The lamps were made by Alan Lishness over at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. The round bulbed one was made from a water-cooled dual processor yanked from an Apple G5 desktop, an hour meter, an aircraft compass and 40W LED bulbs.

The other one is the child of a signal switching relay manufactured by the General Railway Signal Company in 1924. The perforated cylinders used to be ink canisters designed for high-speed fabric printing. Don't they make you want to raid your garage and see what you can create? [Lishness - Thanks Alan!]

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Yeah ummm that old thing on the wall should be modded too. They are digital now.