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McCann Lighting Prototype: Low-Output Wall Light

McCann Lighting Prototype: Low-Output Wall Light

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This is an emergency head that has had its 6V hardwired PAR lamp removed, leaving an empty aluminum "bullet" housing with an adjustable knuckle mount attached to a standard chrome finish steel faceplate with a hole drilled in the center.

The plan is to install candelabra sockets in the seven of these that I have (one is featured in all these pics) and use C7 (or similarly sized tubular lamps) in these. I ran a cord up inside this and stuck a plug-in nightlight inside this with a 7W 130V C7 nightlight lamp and a 25W T6 120V lamp and liked what I saw. The 7W was very dim but the 25W was nice. I'm thinking these would be great wall-mounted in a home movie theater (which I don't have, but if I did, that's the ideal application for them IMO). I'd imagine that if I install the socket so that the lamp is higher up in the "bullet", the light pool will be more concentrated.

In the test I did, the lamp was resting right on the makeshift lens I made for this out of a polycarbonate sheet. I sanded one side for a frosted look. So the lamp was right at the bottom, likely causing a wider light throw. Anyway, the lens is held in the way way the PAR lamps were: there's a stainless steel heavy gauge wire in the shape of a C. When it's inserted inside the bullet, after the lens is laid into place, it gets compressed from a C to an O and holds the lens in place. Works great but is a pain to get off to open the fixture...

Then comes paint... I like the chrome finish but these guys are pretty scratched up and the finish is actually painted, not a true chrome like the faceplates. The insides are just a dull aluminum. I have no idea what paint scheme I want to use. The inside will definitely be painted white, except for the little trim below the lens, which will be left unpainted. It will only get scratched up from lamp changes (the C clip will scratch it up) and if I were to paint it I'd go with black for the reveal. Since I'd intend this for a home theater, I'd say black would be a good color (to match the I-assume-to-be-black walls), perhaps with a silver reveal stripe along the bottom.

The chrome/silver looks good in a commercial/industrial application but it's not my personal taste for home lighting, unless it's a 50s or 60s retro house lol.

What do you guys think?! :-D

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Dec 19, 2016 at 07:53 PM Author: don93s
Pretty cool idea. I think these would look good in a hammered paint finish which is available in silver, black, or bronze I believe.
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Dec 19, 2016 at 08:32 PM Author: streetlight98
Thanks! The hammered black might look nice. I've also seem hammered gold/brass and I think hammered forest green too. My only concern with the hammered paint is that it's not as durable as an enamel finish and won't look good with a clear overcoat.

To resist is to piss in the wind, anyone who does will end up smelling.

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Dec 21, 2016 at 05:21 PM Author: streetlight98
If anyone is interested in one of these, let me know what color scheme you want (body color and reveal stripe color) and one will be sent your way! Cost will be $15 per light plus shipping and includes the completed fixture with the faceplate mounting plate, prewired candelabra socket, and Korean made Philips 25W T8 incandescent lamp.

Lens is a hand-cut ~5.5" polycarbonate circle approximately 1/8" thick and frosted on the inside. Fixture mounts to a standard single gang electrical box. The head is adjustable as shown in the pics above and you can also tilt it upwards to use as an up-light. You could probably use a 40W candelabra lamp if it will fit but my only concern is the polycarbonate sheet overheating, so I listed the fixtures at 25W max. 4W or 7W C7s make this a decent nightlight too. Lights a sizable area.

Inside of the reflector is painted white. Entire outside of the fixture is a color of your choice (as long as it comes in a spray can) and the faceplate is painted to match the fixture. The reveal stripe along the bottom of the reflector is optional. I think I'm going to paint mine black with a red reveal. Makes a nice movie room color scheme lol.

To resist is to piss in the wind, anyone who does will end up smelling.

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