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Step 7: Electronics! - Light Bulb Sockets

Before I talk about the electronics driving the light bulbs, let me first talk about the sockets.  You might not guess the most expensive part of the project would be the sockets, but they actually were.  The bulbs I was able to get from here  for about $1.90 a piece (they were cheaper when I bought them).  The sockets I got from grand brass for about $2.50 a piece.  Although sockets are a fairly common thing, they're not as cheap as you might guess, and it was difficult finding any that could be mounted in any way to a panel as well as having a fairly low profile.  In fact, it wasn't until stumbling across these that I was even able to move forward with the project.

Anyways, the sockets have two connections for the electrical.  One side on all the bulbs is connected all the way back to mains connection.  The other side is connected to a relay (see next step), which is connected to the other side of the mains.  So essentially all the light bulbs are connected in parallel, which is really the only way to do this.

Since the sockets had screw terminals for the connection, I used the obvious choice of crimp connectors to connect to them, which also saved some time on the wiring.  (Anytime you can use crimp connectors you should, they're easy and reliable!)

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Really love this device. Wish I had the time, patience, and knowledge to make it myself (or buy it).<br><br>Found out more about the &quot;Pipe Bomb Mic&quot; aka the Copperphone. link here: http://www.placidaudio.com/the-copperphone/
<br> This has been featured on <a href="http://www.notcot.org/post/39000/">NOTCOT</a>.<br>
i LOVE this! can i borrow your brains!?
wow! very impressive light organ! i can't stop watching this video :) <br>good work!
great video!
I'd like to see an instructable on the mic the girl was using. <br> <br>Very cool! I like the lightbulbs that were chosen. They remind me of vacuume tubes.
Awesome project, likes the video too, music wasn't really my taste but liked the intro and style an awful lot - the lights look great in action. <br><br>Featured!

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