By Rob Beschizza at 6:35 am Tue, Jan 27, 2009
This is a neat idea, but ~$650 for two is completely nuts.
You can make one of these for the cost of the hats ($100 for the two at a costume shop?) plus some super-cheap lamp kits. The only work required is finding the center of balance of the hat and cutting a little hole there for the cord.
I think it would be slightly more involved than sticking a socket through a hat. You need insulation to prevent fires and some sort of reflective surface to get any sort of usable light out of it.
This collection seems to represent Jeeves’ preferred selections for Bertie and himself. Otherwise we would also have the Straw Boater and the “Alpine Joe” hat.
I’d imagine even Jeeves would not want to dust a wool felt lampshade. There’s a reason those things are kept in boxes.
PORK MUSKET @2:
Good point about fire-proofing.
No one follow my instructions above. You will probably burn your house down.
no, totally follow Elisd’s instructions, except instead of a cheap kit, use a cheap, but professionally made hanging light, for the reflective inside and slight insulation. and maybe treat the hat with some alum, if ehow is to be believed.
I hope to see cheap knock-offs on etsy or something soon.
I used to make homemade lamps by dismantling old ones. You typically get a light bulb (with or without some kind of housing) attached to a cord, which you can then transplant into some other object. Sometimes you might need to add other pieces for reflectiveness or to separate the hot parts from the flammable ones. Care and common sense can keep you from starting fires or otherwise endangering yourself.
DISCLAIMER: random internet people are not to be emulated wantonly, especially when electricity is involved!
Or, you could use compact fluorescent lamps. They generate very little heat. DO NOT use halogens.
I love these so very, very much. Im not handy or inventive in that way at all, I wonder if I could manage to pull one of these together despite that. Do want. Very much.
This sounds incredibly dangerous to me. The silk might qualify as a “flame retardant fiber” (from a too-brief google for “combustion temperature silk”), but the other materials in the hat are going to be exposed to high temperatures if an incandescent bulb is used. (According to the same source I visited, silk starts crumbling at 100C.)
The tops of these hats would HAVE to be vented!
To any amateur lamp makers out there – check out the difference in construction between incandescent bulb sockets designed for unenclosed applications and for enclosed applications the next time you’re at your favorite hardware store. The sockets for enclosed applications are often CERAMIC with special high-temperature wiring insulation.
LEDs and a silver inside lining
it would be cool to have one hovering over a chair where a person is sitting
like one of Mike Mignola’s floating crowns
Brilliant! Oops. Sorry for the pun. I wanted to do this with my Devo energy dome flower pot hat. Totally forgot until now.
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