Housing & Retainer

Find a thrown-out/broken torchiere halogen lamp, the kind that are 7ft tall and break all the time. This should be trivial, as they are cheaper to replace than repair. Check that the I.D is 35mm (1.4"). Cut a piece that is between 3" and 3.5" long that includes a set of threads. Also take one or two of the interconnect threaded pieces.
One end of the housing should have a full set of threads, the two rings are visible in the background.

Cut the interconnect so that you have two rings with three threads (or one with four and one with two). Debur/file everything. Thread one of the rings in all the way in, then place the lamp in so that the ring holds it and thread the other piece in, verify that they are the correct size.

One of the filed rings inside the housing.

You can put a gasket in if you'd like, to make it more waterproof.

To cap the other end, find a plastic jug cap that is 1.5" diameter. These are surprisingly common, and I got mine off of a thrown out motor oil container. Cut the threads out with a dremel or knife. Drill a hole and mount the potentiometer. Drill another hole to let the two battery connect wires through.

This guide was first published on Apr 21, 2013. It was last updated on Apr 21, 2013. This page (Housing & Retainer) was last updated on Oct 30, 2019.