We cleaned up, painted and altered an old oil lamp. Instead of oil it now uses a smart phone charger and instead of the fuse, a 12V LED bulb. I have bought from Aliexpress an ESP8266 module, to make a web interface and touch detection control for the lamp. A voltage stabiliser provides the necessary 3.3V to power the WiFi module. A boost converter lifts the charger's 5V to 12V for the LED bulb. Through the web interface you can controll the lamp using a computer or any web enabled phone. The source code and configuration details are available on my IOT project.
On the inside of a plaster masc, using acrylic silicone, I have attached a peace of white glass to serve as the eyes. On a peace of tin there is a lightbulb socket with a small powersaver to avoid overheating due to small available space. The mask is placed a couple of centimeters from the wall so that the light passes around the mask as well as through the eyes. It is possible to attach a couple of blue LED-s to imitate the pupils.
I used a ceramical owl to build a touch lamp. It has a large opening at the back intended for a candle light but instead, a 4,8W LED module iluminates the inside of the owl. I upgraded my touch sensor using an AtTiny2313 microcontroller, so now you can eaven adjust the level of ilumination. Same as I did with the cat, I placed the touch sensor on the top for easy access.
On the terrace, we needed a dimmed light for a more pleasant ambient. Looking up to expensive shandelirs with "Edison" light bulbs, I created something quite cheap. The middle pipe is a mop handle, covered with a self adhesive plastic foil. The joints through which the wires go are copper joints for central heating systems. The covers for the hooks holding the shadelir are plastic drinking cups also covered with plastic foil. I have set this as an example of how one can make a fancy shandelir with quite modest budget.