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Post# 2193   10/7/2006 at 22:26 (4,370 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        

Well, at least for those trashy vacuums, we could turn them into lamps! If we could get a Kirby, then the headlight could be some "mood lighting" and then we could attach a lamp to the handle. That way, we could have a roll-around lamp with floor lighting! Just an idea from the mind of a 14-year-old.


Post# 2200 , Reply# 1   10/7/2006 at 23:11 (4,370 days old) by bisonian (Where the buffalo roamed! (Ocala, FL))        
I like it!

With all the other attachments Kirby's come up with, why not a lamp kit? The headlight on the floor could be kinda neat, like in a theater.

Others have interesting possibilities too. The Electrolux LX lamp could throw its burned-out bulb across the room. The Air-Way lamp would have a 28-ply shade.

And the Dyson lamp would, of course, be bulbless, illuminating solely by the brilliance of James Dyson's mind!
(ducks and runs)

Post# 2201 , Reply# 2   10/7/2006 at 23:17 (4,370 days old) by bisonian (Where the buffalo roamed! (Ocala, FL))        
Paging Rocketwarrior ...

Mark, I think we could use a prototype here. Interested?

Post# 2210 , Reply# 3   10/8/2006 at 06:46 (4,370 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Might be an interesting idea for vacs that are beyond help-but too good looking to throw away.On EBay one time-saw a table light made from an Oster blender--they put the bulb in the container and fastened the container to the base-they removed the motor-they said the motor had burned out.The person that made it felt the blender looked to cool to throw away so he made it into a lamp-an interesting "2nd" life for an appliance?

Post# 2220 , Reply# 4   10/8/2006 at 10:12 (4,370 days old) by luxg ()        

Mark Turbyfill who is a member of the VCCC and owns his own vacuum shop in Spokane, WA, has a Kirby Floor Lamp in the window of his shop. It looks so neat. Terry

Post# 2223 , Reply# 5   10/8/2006 at 11:37 (4,370 days old) by charles~richard ()        
I have a lamp

made of an old Modern Age tank cleaner. The motor was no good and there was no finding a replacement for it. I wired the lamp switch to the motor switch. I attached a single wand into the mouth of the front, ran wiring up through it and then connected a lamp socket and hardware to the top. I finished it off with a rather mundane beige lampshade. Still looking for something more interesting and innovative for a shade but havn't yet come up with anything.

Post# 2231 , Reply# 6   10/8/2006 at 12:50 (4,370 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
Accordion lamps?

Well, I play accordion, and I got interested in this idea of vacuum lamps because a guy that takes lessons from my teacher actually makes lamps, and my mom said that an old accordion would look neat. I don't have a clue how that would work. An accordion seems to small for a floor lamp and to big for a table lamp. Mr. Lester, do you think you could post a picture of your lamp? Thanks!


Post# 2236 , Reply# 7   10/8/2006 at 15:41 (4,370 days old) by kirbykid ()        
Vacuum Lamps

My old roomate in California made me two table lamps out of two old Electrolux xxx's that I had... They turned out really neat...But unfortunately they got left behind with all my other furniture when I moved back home to Wyoming....But I am going to make me some more of those neat old lamps...

Post# 2252 , Reply# 8   10/8/2006 at 21:47 (4,369 days old) by myhooverco ()        

I made a Hoover floor lamp. I used a good U4003 Convertible circa 1973. I removed the agitator and the motor assembly. I left in the bulb and hard wired it to the existing wiring harness. The only bad part is that I had to cut the "curve" off of the handle just above the switch. I put in a "cork" and bought a lamp making kit and shade. The lamp can be turned on and off at the Hoover switch. I can also leave the Hoover switch on and turn off the big bulb on top and leave on the headlight as a floor lamp only. It was very easy to do. Would I do it again? I don't know. The right cleaner has to come along. This one was good but not that good and it was bad but not that bad. This machine could be brought back easily although the handle must be replace. Enjoy!


Post# 2260 , Reply# 9   10/8/2006 at 23:48 (4,369 days old) by henrydreyfuss (Ohio)        

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Tom that is so cool! What a creative idea. I love how you still plug in the vacuum and use the handle switch. The 1070 next to is awesome too!

Post# 2290 , Reply# 10   10/9/2006 at 20:46 (4,368 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
If you need help...

If anyone needs help with building a lamp, email me with futher questions on how to make a general vacuum cleaner lamp. Although I have not made one, I have carefully thought it out. I also can give you wiring diagrams. Those will be quite helpful if you wish to wire it differently (like with the floor light and lamp light together...etc.) So if you want to learn more, email me at If you want to be more "sophisticated," you can copy this:
into your web browser.


Post# 2334 , Reply# 11   10/10/2006 at 08:19 (4,368 days old) by rocketwarrior ()        
Answering Page

I appreciate your thinking of me - but I suspect I will not be making a vac into a lamp.
Check the "Neat Links" on the home page and scroll down to the Vacs as Art links. You might think outside the lamp.
Having said that - maybe Kyle is on to something - we could have a lamp contest.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO rocketwarrior's LINK

Post# 2358 , Reply# 12   10/10/2006 at 17:07 (4,367 days old) by vacuumkid3 ()        
You're right...

Vacuum art can be fun! Especially with old stinky rusty vacuums. Charles Lester has a special place on his website for those. He calls them the Vacuum Cleaner Hall of Shame. Good name, Mr. Charles! Ya'll ought to go check it out. It's pretty shameful...


Post# 2366 , Reply# 13   10/10/2006 at 19:07 (4,367 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Invasion of the Mutant Vacuum Cleaners!

This started off by my having saved and sent 'round to other collectors the most hideous apparations on eBay - and it just expanded.

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Post# 2367 , Reply# 14   10/10/2006 at 19:08 (4,367 days old) by charles~richard ()        
OH WAIT...........

WRONG LINK!!! Correct one below

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Post# 2456 , Reply# 15   10/13/2006 at 03:28 (4,365 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Perfect "trade in" machines for that really PUSHY DTD vacuum salesman!!Unveil one of these after the salesman had just closed the deal!!

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