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Sarah Turner turns various plastic soda bottles into these intricate lamps. The bottles are collected from local cafes and households, and after a good cleaning, are sandblasted to make them opaque. Then some clever cutting transforms them into decorative forms perfect for lighting. It’s hard to believe that these lights were once plain old plastic bottles!

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11 Responses to “Dazzling Lamps Made Out of Soda Bottles”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sarah, you are simply brilliant!

  2. Bobsgirl says:

    Oh yeah, I mean just unbelievable. Looks high end acrylic or something. Really inspired.

  3. Anonymous says:

    stunning i think these are a fabulous design.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The variety is impressive , however it seems that incandescent lights are used (because no other source is mentioned) and with that one wonders just how long the plastic will hold its shape under sustained light and heat. I would bet that practically 25 watts would be the max allowed in these applications. LED would be a better, greener solution. However, the designs are very creative its just the green spirit misses the mark for me.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Really nice designs, practical and recycling rolled in to one.

  6. sarahfturner says:

    Thanks for all the comments, in response to your comment Vultic; Yes you are right if standard incandescent bulbs were used it certainly would be missing the mark on the green spirit. However energy saving light bulbs are used (between 5 and 20 watts depending on the lamp/shade) with a 20 watt bulb being equivalent to a 100 watt incandescent bulb.

    Little heat is produced by the bulbs so the plastic bottles sustain their structure. The shades have all been tested over set periods of times to ensure this.

    The maximum wattage is stated for each shade/lamp on the website.

    Thanks again for your comments


  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the clarification and the link. Good luck

  8. Anonymous says:

    absolutely stunning i think these are awesome.

  9. dhecom says:

    Wow, awesome!!

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