It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated this site with some Edison lamp photos. It seems that the walnut lamps are the most popular. In 2013, I’ve sold 21 lamps and 15 of those have been in walnut. While I don’t list more walnut lamps than cherry on Etsy, it appears that their search algorithm favors that iteration of the lamp. Perhaps that is the reason for the popularity of the walnut version. Of course it’s possible that people just prefer the walnut look.
The original prototype I built was walnut. Recently, I took it into the shop to update some of the hardware on the lamp. I updated the switch to a dimmer switch and I swapped out the sockets to a new porcelain version. The prototype also featured a few design elements that I ultimately changed. The most obvious change is the shift from 4 tails (in the prototype) to 3 tails (on the current version). I’ve also recessed the lamp box top a little lower on the current version. Whereas the shift to fewer tails was purely for aesthetics (I think it looks nicer), the change in the lamp top makes the build process a little easier.
The first set of photos below, show the original prototype (which was just sold). Below the 2 photos of the prototypes are photos of the new design. The next lamp was built out of lacewood (and can be purchased from my etsy store if you are interested). The final lamp is built from walnut and was highlighted in an earlier post.