Tag Archive: LED


A 3d printed anglepoise lamp, from the highly derived LED Desk Lamp by CarryTheWhat on Thingiverse

A no-solder, 3d printed, miniature anglepoise lamp in black and UV.

Above, you can see my weekend project – a 3d printed, no-soldering-iron-required, LED using miniature anglepoise lamp.  I printed it on Saturday, and assembled it on Sunday – it’s fitted with 6 UV LEDs (because I couldn’t find any white at the time) and the lamp shade has a thin accent line of glow-in-the-dark plastic as a highlight.

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Six 3d printed TARDISes iterations

Versions 01 to 06, in my TARDIS printing iteration

I’m still having fun with the best toy in the world – my 3d printer!  This week, I decided to try to make a tiny, light up, TARDIS model – ideally to fit on one of my hair clips.  At the moment, the LEDs are too big, so the model above is approx 5cm tall – way too big for a hair clip.

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Indian Fortune Telling Robot

Indian fortune-telling robot at Magh Mela fair

I love this – I love that there are fortune telling robots scattered across fairs and markets in India.  These plastic mystics, these fiberglass fortune-tellers, are studded with garish LEDs, sport a clock embedded in their crotch, and frequently a pair of voltmeters or ammeters, one in each pectoral.  Lastly, and most importantly, there are multiple headphone sockets, usually in the hips or waist.

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I love things that glow; that flicker and twinkle, fade and pulse.  Obviously then, I love LEDs!  Soft circuitry and electronic clothing facinates me, but like great swathes of fashion, I’m convinced that they’re usually doing it wrong.  The LEDs you see on clothing, frequently flashes, blinks or blinds – these LEDs I do not care for.  How, and why, I made the gentle glowing LEDs above, is below.

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Plans and Ideas for Lamp Making

Team Droid's inspirational crystal in a lightbulb

I intend to make myself a bedside lamp – so here’s the plan.  I’ll hollow out some lightbulbs, stuff them full of quartz crystal points, inelegantly shove some LEDs into drilled holes in the quartz, and attach it all using some painted gubbins onto a hollow wooden box with an arduino brain inside.  I’m still trying to hammer out the details.  My influences, and inspiration include the following:

I have the quartz points (ebay), I have two rather funky faceted light-bulbs from my local Home Depot (they look a little like diamond shaped bulbs), I’ve got the wooden box, a collection of strange copper fittings from the plumbing aisle, a rotary tool with brand new diamond coated bits (quartz is a 7 on the Moh hardness scale – very hard indeed!  I melted a steel bit on it.)  Ready to sit at the heart of it all, is a Arduino Uno experimenters kit from Sparkfun electronics.  Until I finish this, I have no bedside lamp – so wish me and my eyes luck!