Converting a Hong Kong Paraffin Lamp into a Table lamp.

This guide will show you how to turn a glass paraffin style lamp into a light fitting.

You lamp may not look the same but may have the same types of features as shown in this guide and may help you.


The concept around this lamp is the cable begin drilled through the glass bottle and up into a G9 Halogen lampholder using an LED lamp.

Parts used in this guide:

 The first step is to drill a hole into the glass we have a video on how I drill glass bottles (it's not an Oscar winning performance but it's to the point.)

Any way you can check that video out here: How to drill a glass bottle?

Once the hole has been made in the bottle you will need to put cable protection in the hole to prevent the cable from potentially cutting on what could be a sharp hole.

This is where we use one our black grommets.

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Once this has been achieved, we can put the glass bottle to one side for a second.

I then had to work out how to attach a lampholder and what lampholder to attach to the fittings i have.

This is always something that needs a bit of thinking as there are many ways to achieve this.

I was lucky with this item as i had a hole already in the center of the metal disc, all i had to do was make it 10mm nice and simple with a drill.

I then decided to use a threaded rod with a nut and washer.

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As you can see above i pushed the threaded rod through the hole and put a nut + washer underneath, the reason i did not put a nut on top is because the lampholder will do this job instead of a nut.

There are other ways you can do this like using a pottery nipple:

However, the thread length was not long enough for this scenario, hence why we went for a threaded rod + nut.

We always recommend using a dab of super glue on the nut to lock it into position.

Once this is done, we can look at putting the lampholder on top, we decided to use a G9 as they are small lampholders and worked well for this demonstration.

So, we took the G9 holder again a dab of glue on the thread and simply screwed it on.


Note i had the knob for the wick that i had to also glue into position as it kept falling down, this will not be in use so glue was the best option, i used a hot glue via a gun for this as i can squish it all down.

Once the lampholder is fixed into position, i then installed a cord grip onto the bottom of the fitting where the nut went (annoyingly i have no image of this step) you can see this location of the cord in following images.

Grab the cable and push it through the bottle hole and out the top as shown below.


Once the cable is sticking out i then pushed the cable through the main assembly (note cord grip position mentioned earlier) the cord grip again was glued onto the end of the thread.


Once this was done i grabbed the actual G9 lampholder insert and simply pushed the cables into the lampholder.


It does not matter which way around the cables go in the push fit connections.

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Once the cables have been connected you can then push the ceramic insert into the lampholders base.

Then lay the assembly on the table and tighten the cord grip to prevent the cable from moving as shown below.

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After this has been done just doing check to ensure everything is tight and not going to move.

Then i carefully screwed the assembly onto the glass bottle, pulling the cable back out.


This then finished off the installation all that was left to do was to place a lamp inside the holder and put the top glass on then test and confirm its safe to use.


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