Architect lamps were especially popular during the periods when architects worked with blueprints and typically needed to spend hours at a desk. These days, because of available technology, architects spend much less time perfecting blueprints on a desk. Even with the transition of architects from desks to computers, architect lamp are still very relevant till date, the best architect lamp are still design pieces that architects cherish and use daily even if their focus change a tad. Architecture Lab reviewed the best desk lamps used by architects these days here, but if you are already have a lamp, today we are going to discuss the next step.
This article highlights the process of mounting an architect lamp. Architect lamps can be made of wood, metal and other materials. This article highlights the process of installing wooden architect lamps the way architects did it flawlessly to achieve the masterpieces that architect lamps are. We cover the process from the scratch, but you may need to jump a few steps if the needed materials and components are premade and all that is left is to put them together.
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Assemble the materials needed
Every architect lamp has a base, a lamp shade, hinges, arms and support. The materials for making these different parts of the lamp could differ according to one’s preference. The lamp shade is typically made of metal for a wooden architect lamp.
Washers and screws as well as springs are also essential materials for joining the different components of the lamp together. The electrical components needed for architect lamps include wires and sockets. Materials for making a wooden architect lamp can be found on platforms such as eBay. A lot of glue will also be needed to join the different parts of the lamp together. Common tools that will be used include a drill press and a jigsaw.
Make the needed parts
If all the needed parts were not premade, making them is the next step. This process involves cutting the bars, making the braces and spacers, making the base mount and cutting out the base or even 3d printing a table clamp. The base is usually round with a base mount which connects it to other parts of the lamp such as the arms. The braces join the different levels or section of the arm together and enhance the compactness of the lamp. Braces are also used for attaching the lamp shade to the rest of the lamp. It is important to note accurate sizes of the different components of the lamp for proper fit especially the spacers where they would be inserted for anchoring the rest of the lamp.
The assembling of the different parts of the lamp is one of the final steps. Adjustments could be made to ensure that the required height of the lamp is achieved. The assembling process involves putting together all the components that had been made. The spring is typically the last component to be added. Springs ensure that the lamp bends appropriately to provide the needed angle of lighting. The electrical components of the lamp can be added at this point.
Engineering skills are usually employed to ensure that all components of the lamp fit appropriately.
If components of a lamp were premade, the process of mounting will be simply aimed at putting the components together.
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