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A cute little LED jar (turn it on and off by turning it!) named draailampje

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Turn it upside down and it switches off. Turn it right side up again and it switches on. 

This is draailampje (Dutch, pronounce 'dry-lamp-yea', means something like turn-light), my 'invention' or better said, creation.

You can make one for yourself in 10-30minutes, depending on your soldering skills. 

Tools:
  • soldering iron
  • soldering tin
  • wire cutters
  • small knife 
  • lighter (optional)
  • poster-stick-gum (optional)
Parts (available as kit):
  • mini jar
  • cr2032 holder
  • cr2032 battery
  • 10mm LED 
  • tilt / angle switch
  • dubble sided sticky tape / foam

Help is available, just comment on this instructable. Instructional video on youtube if you rather see me do it step by step. 

Kits, ready made and workshop kits available on my draailampje.nl website. 

Step 1: Test LED and battery, fold LED leads into V shape

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  1. Test the LED and battery by connecting the two (long lead on LED is )
  2. Fold leads of LED into V shape
  3. Fold 5mm of the - lead of LED (the short one) back a little
 
OrenLederman made it!1 year ago

I used flickering LEDs. Looks beutiful :)

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David Bakker (author)  OrenLederman1 year ago

Fantastic! Flickering LEDs are a great idea for this project. Thanks for sharing a picture :)

dwhite010 months ago

I cannot find a tilt switch like the one you used. Where did you find it?

Dan White

Aussie58 dwhite07 months ago

I had luck here!

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/251636433774?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

David Bakker (author)  Aussie587 months ago
Thanks! I used those before, they are mostly good. Only find defect ones 1 in like 100.
David Bakker (author)  dwhite010 months ago
Hi Dan!

I bought it at a local electronics store here in The Netherlands, comparable to what RadioShack used to be (in the olden days that is). A tilt or angle switch search on eBay will probably give you plenty of options! (that is where I bought the first mass order)
dwhite010 months ago

I cannot find a tilt switch like the one you used. Where did you find it?

Dan White

ThaisM1 year ago

Awesome! You know if it's current can be controlled by a dimmer or something like that?

David Bakker (author)  ThaisM1 year ago
Not yet... But hopefully someone will make one :)

Hmmm, and what about a switch to turn it ON/OFF?

Cool idea. I think i'll make one :)

David Bakker (author)  OrenLederman1 year ago

Cool! Good luck :)

ynze1 year ago
Nice pictures too, btw.

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David Bakker (author)  ynze1 year ago
The pictures are stills from the video I took (play in VLC, shortcut to capture still) making the draailampjes. So much easier than making all the pictures separately :)
chrisdav1 year ago
Very cute and nice idea!
Can make a variety of jars with different colored LEDs for efx on a table.
David Bakker (author)  chrisdav1 year ago
jars from bon maman jams and jellies are awesome!
phckopper1 year ago
Cool! Why don't you solder a capacitor in parallel with the LED? It would look more natural fading in and out ;)
David Bakker (author)  phckopper1 year ago
nice idea, will make it even better!
silpstream1 year ago
Very nice. Adding a resistor in series to the led might reduce the heat in the tilt switch. Try this site: http://led.linear1.org/1led.wiz
David Bakker (author)  silpstream1 year ago
very handy, thank you!
jwebsd1 year ago
Neat! Thanks!
Good Work
ynze1 year ago
Why the heck was did never featured!? _Very_ nice instructable!
cool idea