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If you need a light stand for photos, this guide will show you how to take a standing lamp to convert a broken standing lamp by removing the lamp components. While I am using a common Mainstays (Walmart) lamp for this guide, there may be slight variations with other lamps from different brands, or even styles -- even if they are minor. It does not impact the guide but may change how certain components are removed. I will also help you identify reusable components for other projects.

Read me: While this is not the best stand you can get and may require modification; these lamps are usually free or inexpensive, especially used. This can be advantageous if you are willing to disassemble one to eliminate redundant components.

Guide notes

  • Use common sense during the cord and socket removal procedure. Death or injury may occur if you make a mistake, as you are handing 120-240V AC!
  • DO NOT keep any part that looks damaged. Discard these parts for safety reasons.
  • Make sure you use a lamp that you are certain you do not plan on reassembling or use a damaged one. Reversal may be impractical if modifications are made.
  • I used a broken lamp. If you can find a broken one, it is likely free and you are not wasting a working one. The socket guard was cracked and supported with electrical tape until it was pulled out of service. These are the best candidate for this type of project, as these parts can be expensive or hard to get and total the lamp out
    • While the plastic parts on many of these lamps may not be reusable (either due to assembly technique or uniqueness), most cord and socket sets are easily reused. Save these for another project if they are in good condition.

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  1. Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Unplug the lamp: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Before disassembling on the lamp, it MUST be unplugged!

  2. Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Remove the lightbulb: step 2, image 1 of 3 Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Remove the lightbulb: step 2, image 2 of 3 Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Remove the lightbulb: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • If the bulb is worth keeping, this can be reused.

    • If your lamp has a lightbulb installed, remove it first.

  3. Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Remove the socket components: step 3, image 1 of 3 Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Remove the socket components: step 3, image 2 of 3 Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Remove the socket components: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Most lamps will be similar, but be prepared for variations.

    • Remove the switch handle. Removal is not always required, but can limit disassembly complications.

    • Remove the socket cover. Once removed, pull the socket out of the assembly.

  4. Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Remove the bulb socket: step 4, image 1 of 2 Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Remove the bulb socket: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Press-in sockets are not easily reusable.

    • After removing the plastic cover and switch, remove the bulb socket. You will need different tools for screw and push wire sockets.

    • Discard any broken or unwanted components.

  5. Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Remove the cord: step 5, image 1 of 3 Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Remove the cord: step 5, image 2 of 3 Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Remove the cord: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • The cord can be reused if it is in good shape.

    • After removing the bulb socket, remove the power cord.

  6. Making a low cost light stand for Photography, Test the lamp and make any needed modifications: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • After gutting the lamp, test fit the new light to find a stable place and make additional modification as needed. What you do beyond this step (Ex: Custom alternations) is up to you.

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