You're a maker in your favoured medium - ceramics, wood, metal, glass or whatever - and you want to make electric lamps. This course will tell you everything you need to know beyond using your existing skills in making the lamp base - design considerations; bulbs, bulb holders and lampshades; wiring; testing; and all the standards and regulations that you need to conform to. Note that although I am a potter, the course is not centered round the use of ceramics (or any other material) in making your lamp base. What will we cover? Lamp proportions and design considerations; basics of lighting; bulbs and bulb holders, switches and lampshades; electrical considerations and wiring up your lamp; testing your lamp; standards and regulations (for the EU and UK) What will I achieve? By the end of this course you should: - Be familiar with the design proportions and considerations for different types of lamp, e.g. bedside, desktop, floor standing, wall or ceiling - Be familiar with the various options for light bulbs, bulb holders and switches - Understand the pros and cons of making a lamp that runs directly off the mains, or that uses a transformer - Be able to select the necessary components, and wire up, a lamp - Know how to test your lamps, what instrumentation is needed, and how manufacturing tests differ from PAT testing - Understand the standards and requirements and how they affect the design of your lamp - Be able to produce the necessary documentation to accompany your lamp, and know how to make it eligible to use the required CE / UKCA mark - Understand the principles behind WEEE, and the requirements this imposes on the maker and the retailer

What's included in the price?

- 3 lecture sessions of 90 minutes duration each. You can either participate live or watch the recording on the course web page afterwards (about half of my students just watch the recordings) - a set of videos showing making and testing of lamps, visible on the course web page - 1 discussion session, set for a day and time when most students can participate live if they want to - Downloadable PDFs of all presentations - Access to the course page, with more in-depth information, links to suppliers, references etc, - Course completion certificate

What you will need

Whilst not needed for the course, the course assumes you have the skills to make the lamp base in your preferred material(s). You don't need a lamp base to do the course, but will need to be able to do this to make lamps.


7 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Tim Thornton Ceramics

with Craft Courses since 2020

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Tim Thornton has been a potter for over 12 years. Coming from an earlier career in science and engineering, he is well suited to the technicalities of the craft. He has used this knowledge to create a series of courses that deal with the more technical aspects of ceramics.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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This course is taught online