How to Convert an Oil Lantern into an Electric Hanging Lantern

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How to Convert an Oil Lantern into an Electric Hanging Lantern
You can convert virtually any oil lamp to an electric lamp. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

An oil burning lantern uses either lamp oil or kerosene. In this day and age, they are no longer the most practical way to produce light. Modern electrical bulbs will produce more light and will be less dangerous and labour intensive. Converting an oil lamp to an electric lamp not only saves you the hassle of always having to refill it, but you'll never have to worry about spillage or the possible fire hazard that results from burning oil.

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Things you need

  • Dish-washing soap solution
  • Oil lamp conversion adaptor

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  1. 1

    Remove the glass globe on your oil lantern and set it off to the side.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the burner assembly of the oil lantern. Once removed, wash out the oil reservoir, if applicable, with a dish-washing soap solution. Allow to dry.

  3. 3

    Screw in the electrical conversion adaptor where the oil burner was screwed in. Virtually any oil burning lantern will have an adaptor made for it, especially the well-known Aladdin Brand. These can be found at hardware stores or lamp-supply shops.

  4. 4

    Screw a bulb into the socket and place the globe back over the top. Alternately, some adaptors have shade holders built on. In this iteration, you can outfit your lamp with a shade of your choice.

  5. 5

    Run the cord from the adaptor to an electrical socket, plug it in and turn it on.

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