Wouldn’t it be cool if you could make a light bulb light up without putting it into a socket? Turns out, there’s more than one way to power a light bulb. If you’re in the mood for a quick, fun experiment, I’ve found a way to power any regular old light bulb with a battery!
Here’s what you need:
- One D Battery
- A Light Bulb (With Screw-in Base)
- Two Pieces Of Insulated Wire
- Electrical Tape
Follow these steps:
1. Strip about 3/4″ of insulation off each end of your two wires.
2. Tape one end of one wire to the negative end of your battery. Tape the other end of the wire to one side of the light bulb stem.
3. Tape one end of the other wire to the positive end of your battery. Tape the other end of the wire to the bottom of the light bulb stem.
4. Watch the light bulb light up!
The process is simple: Electrons flow out of the battery’s negative end into the wire, go through the light bulb, and back into the positive side of the battery. That’s all! You now have a battery operated light bulb.
Note: Use caution when handling the exposed wires. When connected to power, they have a minimal electric charge to them that you probably want to avoid. Also, avoid touching the light bulb when it’s on, especially if it’s an incandescent. Those things heat up fast!