Introduction: 2 Watt LED Accent Lamp

If you're like me, you bought LED Christmas lights when they were 75% off... you know, for that project down the road. Here's one way to put those strings to good use.

This was up for display at the Orlando Show and Tell (for the two other people that came :P).

Step 1: Materials

String of LED Lights -- DO NOT USE incandescent type lights
Old Soda Bottles or other interesting clear container

Step 2: Assembly

Start shoving in your string of LEDs starting at the center of the string. Push in about a foot of one side - and then a foot of the other. I learned the hard way that when you're working with small bottles that the plug doesn't fit through, this is the easiest method ;)

Leave some of the cord out of the bottle so you can plug your accent lamp in somewhere.

Step 3: Go for a Test DriveEach Lamp

Each lamp draws about 2 watts according to m Kill A Watt meter.

If you place this near your desk the soft combination of light is is actually quite "white" and usable (not necessarily to read by though).


spitrat made it!(author)2007-11-05

Perhaps they would look better without the labels? Just a thought.

heymissmurder13 made it!(author)2009-12-17

maybe they really like that drink, lol.

SadieX made it!(author)2008-07-19

yes i think they would. LOL. at my house we recycle a lot, but this is a far better use for plastic. but i'd like to buy the christmas lights that flicker.

hcold made it!(author)2008-10-02

Frosting the bottles would add to it.

zeroemission made it!(author)2008-03-14

cool effect! you might also consider using other containers that have the frosted effect as mentioned eg. dollar store sugar jugs & dome shaped salad bowls or even department store storage containers of different sizes

knowonesreal made it!(author)2007-11-10

i think you found a bad ass lil thing here.... 2 things...tho need to frost the glass/plastic...make it opaque some low grit sand paper will do.....then it would look so much kooler..... 2....make it portibal.(led's low wat ,1 batery would run it)

im_tux made it!(author)2008-02-25

go to the instructable i posted as a reply to kirnex and he ony thing that u need is to replace the regular 9v plug with a female 9v abattery adaptor then you can hook it up to a power source that goes to one of the 9v battery cap things

kirnex made it!(author)2007-09-18

These would make a neat light with a wine bottle, I'm thinking. :-)

im_tux made it!(author)2008-02-25

there is a idea already in use my mom wants to make one, if you use a wine botle you just need to use a glass bit near the botto and use incandesent bulbs cuz the glass can take the heat or, go to

the guy did a great job here im thinking of making one.

Hypn0tic made it!(author)2007-06-14


peterrus made it!(author)2007-05-25

Such an easy project, But still, a very good effect. Did you know that blue is the most relaxing color of all? So, I think this colorcombination will really freak you out :P Nice work, I favved it.

botronics made it!(author)2007-04-01

Really nice. I did something like that, but I think I worked too hard. You can view my "Jar -O-Circuits" at

peterrus made it!(author)2007-05-25

Thats quite nice :) It inspired me, maybe I will make some kind of variation some day.

fegundez1 made it!(author)2007-03-31

orlando show...bummer i missed again.u can also use the incandesant style if you wrap the lights around the outside of the bottles or use pvc usual exc. instructable.

SerJ made it!(author)2007-04-30

just wondering, why cant you put the 'incandescent type lights' inside the bottle? do they get too hot? and if im buying them in a second-hand shop, without the original label, how do i know if they are incandescent or not? thanks!

SerJ made it!(author)2007-05-02

thanks alot fegundez, very helpful.

trebuchet03 made it!(author)2007-04-30

Some will get too hot -- and it's just not worth the risk. Incandescent bulbs look like miniature light bulbs -- inside you'll see a filament (the part that makes light). LEDs look a bit different - in fact they can be all sorts of different shapes :/ Try searching Google for more info and picture ;)

iamthemargerineman made it!(author)2007-04-15

this is waaay cool. seriously. very creative... and psychedelic... like a modern upcycled lava lamp...

MD_Willington made it!(author)2007-04-03

Very cool. I've put LED Christmas lights up along the ceiling in my sons room and use them as a night light, he's big into Buzz Lightyear and Spaceships etcetera, so now he thinks of his nightlight as lights on his very own space ship..

mikesty made it!(author)2007-03-30

Very, very awesome. Trebuchet, your work is so cool!

HamO made it!(author)2007-03-31

Ditto, thanks for sharing.

Aeshir made it!(author)2007-03-30

This be 1337, foo. :D

trebuchet03 made it!(author)2007-03-30

I forgot to mention... my apologies for posting so much recently :P I've been so hammered with school that I haven't had time to document what I've done. So now I'm playing catchup with my free night :P

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