CandleStick Lamp

by Whystler, published

CandleStick Lamp by Whystler Sep 4, 2011


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This CandleStick Lamp houses a MagLite Solitaire flashlight, and diffuses the light to produce ambient illumination suitable for things like reading, writing, and arithmatic. It's also nice as a mood light for more esoteric reasons :)

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I was inspired recently by the fabulous GLOWSTICK CANDELABRA by Bioluminescence. She made her project to house glow sticks. You can find that thing here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:11138

This lamp is a continuation of my exploration of pairing readily available light sources with digital manufcaturing (3d printing and laser cutting. You can check these out on Shapeways:

-LED Candle

-LED Pendant

-LED Candelabra

-LED tealight holders


  1. print out the three parts

  2. purchase a Maglite SOLITAIRE flashlight.

  3. push the flashlight with gentle force into the base-part so that the full top end (the part that twists the light on) comes out the top. (warning!! the flashlight should fit snugly in such a way that you can remove it with the use of a dowel later easily to change batteries ... if you need to use excessive force, the flashlight will become stuck forever and you won't be able to change the batteries - if it is too tight, do a little sanding until it slides in snugly.. if it is too loose, wrap your flashlight in a little masking tape).

  4. push the cup-part onto the top of the flashlight, and make the lens flush with the lower ledge, not the lip of the cup.

  5. push the candle-part into the top of the cup-part.

  6. twist the the cup counter-clockwise, and the light should come on! Note that at first the beam will be quite wide, which illuminates the bottom of the candle-part mostly. If you continue to twist, the beam will focus, bouncing light off the inside tip filling the entire candle-part with light.

NOTE: This lamp was designed and printed using an UP! printer. (took several tries to design it even with the use of calipers!) Your printer may print it to fit more snugly or loosely than my experience. This means that you may find you need to sand your joints to get them the ft the same way. You may need to use masking tape around your maglight if it is loose, and you may need to glue the candle portion into the cup if it is loose. You can help me help others by posting your experience with printing this item, and then I will update the instructions.

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i have download this. Its very beautiful!!

i have download this. Its very beautiful!!

BTW, in case anyone is looking for the right flashlight, the cheapest place I've found the solitaire flashlights so far has been at the local home depot. Amazon and the other likely prospects either didn't have them in stock or they were slightly more expensive.

I found mine easily at Walmart. What price did you pay at home depot?

I've had various comments about the shape of the candlestick shade Nycdesigner mentioned how it looks a bit like a weapon. Ostrich has had to explain it away... :) Dirty minds think of toys that shouldn't be mentioned here. The fact that it uses a battery brings a giggle. So, for those who just can't think of anything else, I've created a funky stylized candle shade for you to use, as a variation to this piece (see above under "other people's variations"

Makes a good weapon in a pinch.

I've actually had to explain what it was to more than one person. They thought it was an ice pick or something.

I'm going to print my next one with a black base and middle, so only the candle part is natural or glow in the dark. That should make it more obvious that it's a candle. :)

Thats a good idea. I just recieved an order of gold bling PLA from faberdasher. I haven't tried it yet, because i havent debuted the PLA settings on my UP! printer yet. But it seems like it would be a good use for it on the base and cup of the candelstick holder. I WISH there was glow in the dark filament that was the right size for my printer (1.75mm)


I printed one out last night on my ToM. Took around 4 hours to print using a .4mm nozzle and I think I used .32 layer height.

I'm reporting back my fit experience as requested for others. In my case, I needed to use some masking tape on the flashlight in the base. The top of the flashlight fit fine in the twisty part once I trimmed the wider bottom layer off from printing without a raft.

The main candle part I had to
sand the bottom quite a bit to get it to fit into the twisty part. Only took about 3-5 minutes to get it all fit together.

This is a fun build. I'm going to make 5-7 of these to put around the house for the rare occasions we don't have power from storms, etc.

Would it be more helpful to you if it were built in two parts (by fusing the candle part and the cup part? I could add it as an option.

I actually made this in three parts, so that the candle part can be swapped out for other shapes.


You are correct that the cup was too tight for the candle and that the base was too loose for the flashlight. Just took two layers of blue masking tape to make it fit in the base. Nice simple solution to that.

I guess it'd be slightly easier if the candle part was on the base, but as I mentioned, it didn't take me but 5 minutes to trim off a little to get them to fit.

Since I've only had my ToM operational for about a week, I'm not sure if my settings (ie: layer size of .32mm) is what causes it to take
longer or what. It's very possible I could get it to print quicker using different settings or less infill (I think my infill was set to 30%)

It's been one of my favorite prints so far. Thanks for making it. I've got a bunch of mag solitaires making their way to me now so I can create some of th
ese for friends/family.

This makes me happy :)

Thank you!!

So, on a ThingoMatic...

-your base was a bit too loose for your flashlight
-your cup was a bit too tight for your candle

...Is this right?

On my Up! It's takes an hour and 45 minutes to print. It sounds like yours took a lot longer time. I'm sorry to hear that.

I'm glad that you had fun eno
ugh to make more! :)


That looks amazing, Whystler!

Can you give an indication of size - I downloaded the STL's and they're loading into ReplicatorG absolutely miniscule - in the region of 1cm tall. Do you think it may have scaled it down by a factor of 10 somewhere in the uploading/export process?
If you can indicate one of the heights of the pie
ces, I can work out the scale difference to compensate.

I'll have to get myself a maglite too :)

All set! They are sized properly now.

Thanks - printing now. I'm going to see if I can print the top, diffusing element, in glow-in-the-dark plastic, so it'll be charging at the same time as diffusing.

WHOAH! You're thinking! Great idea.

WHUPS! You'll need to scale them up by 1,000% - 10x. I should get rid of the files and replace them with resized ones.