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Hi All,

This is my second instructable: Arduino chandelier from mini jars. My first one was my : Cuckoo Alarm Clock from Hard Drive.

I wanted to give my room some special design, with mooth lighting so when I had the option to use RGB leds and a Arduino board I decided I needed my own making a chandelier.

 
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Step 1: Intro: Gallery

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Before we get started we are going to need a little bit of motivation, take a look at these pictures and realize what you will be making.

This project very tedious and time consuming. Any time that you get frustrated while making this project, take a deep breath, come back to this step, take a look at the pictures and remember what you are working towards!

Step 2: Materials List

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Here is what you need to make your chandelier:

Electronics:

Frame:

  • Acrylic sheet
  • Spray paint
  • Copper wire
  • Insulation Sleeving
  • Mini jars (50 pcs)

Tools:

  • Handsaw
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Hot glue and it's gun
  • Super glue
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • ...
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rehan syed2 hours ago
Hii i really loved this but i kind of suck at electronics and want to start to learn so please could u like guide us step by step on how its made the pcd deaign and where the copper wire connections are connected on the pcb . Thank i would be great fulll thankss
LupaWulfe9825 days ago

Where did you get the LED Board? Or did you make it yourself?

funelab (author)  LupaWulfe986 days ago

I had to design their own printed circuit boards, so if you want one, please wait for a month, I will sell the kit on Etsy.com. Thanks!

Do they have to have their own board? or will it work without it?

funelab (author)  LupaWulfe983 days ago

It includes a complete circuit boards, just plug in and enjoy.

Sadly, I won't be able to for the kit on Etsy. Will the chandelier work without the LEDs having their own boards?

on the circuit board, what are these?

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funelab (author)  LupaWulfe983 days ago

It is the SMD resistors.

Where would I get those? what is their purpose?

Where is the resistor attached? Also, how did you design the circuit board?

funelab (author)  LupaWulfe983 days ago

Let's start with Eagle PCB tutorials.

ashin19948 days ago
Sir. U r project was so nice .
Could u. Please. Upload a clear circuit diagram photo
funelab (author)  ashin19946 days ago

In Step 5, Just Right-click in the download link (LampJars.sch) and click "Save link as" line ==> Have fun! This file is opened by Eagle Software version 6.4 or higher.

LupaWulfe9825 days ago

How do you hook th batteries up to the cicuit board? And how do you recharge the batteries?

funelab (author)  LupaWulfe986 days ago

I have designed 2 wire connector on the external adapter to charge the battery. The battery is mounted on the circuit board by plastic wire ties.

LupaWulfe9825 days ago

What is the difference between the Octal Bus Tranceiver and the 8-bit shift registers?

And where in the project were the Octal Bus trancievers used?

funelab (author)  LupaWulfe986 days ago

Arduino mini with lower 20mA output curent, but I used up to 19 shift register IC. So, I used Octal Bus Transceiver 74hc245d to increase the output current of the Arduino Mini. I connected to the Arduino board and 74HC595 via 74HC245, a standard SPI interface consists of three bus Data, Clock and Latch.

m.tech.s32 months ago

Thanks :) , i have a little problem when i try to download the eagle file this site show's up ??!!

when i click on the file :( ?

Thanks in advance

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funelab (author)  m.tech.s32 months ago

Just Right-click in the download link and click "Save link as" line ==> Have fun!

m.tech.s32 months ago

i was asking where did you used the Octal Bus Transceiver 74hc245d SMD

and what does SMD means ?? :)

Thanks in advance.

funelab (author)  m.tech.s32 months ago

"Surface-mount technology (SMT) is a method for producing electronic circuits in which the components are mounted or placed directly onto the surface of printed circuit boards(PCBs). An electronic device so made is called a surface-mount device (SMD). In the industry it has largely replaced the through-hole technology construction method of fitting components with wire leads into holes in the circuit board. Both technologies can be used on the same board for components not suited to surface mounting such as large transformers and heat-sinked power semiconductors." from Wikipedia.

It's just the package of chip, sorry for late reply.

m.tech.s3 funelab2 months ago

Thanks no problem :) , i have a little problem when i try to download the eagle file this site show's up ??!!

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mconde43 months ago
So leaving the copper wires exposed is safe? they won't like over heat or corrode? idk I'm just wondering Bc they look so thin. lol
funelab (author)  mconde42 months ago

Copper wire coated with a very thin layer of insulation, low-voltage (5V) & low-current (15mA) is very safe. The copper wires break easily if there is a strong force.

sboasso4 months ago

great project... one thing: the copper whire is coated true? where i can get a spool like yours?

jmoody14 sboasso2 months ago

Also looking into doing this awesome Instructable! Any idea on the thickness of the wire? Also, you could use different coloured copper wire:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RADIO-SHACK-STYLE-ENAMEL...

funelab (author)  sboasso4 months ago

Yes, copper wire coated with a very thin layer of insulation. It is used in the construction of transformers, inductors, motors,... You can search on Ebay with "Magnet wire".

LupaWulfe983 months ago

Approximately how long did this take you to make??

funelab (author)  LupaWulfe983 months ago

About a week to design and assemble it.

Was this working continuously or just a few hours a day?
funelab (author)  LupaWulfe983 months ago

Hey, just make it when you have free time, about 3 to 5 hours a day. This requires patience and your skills, make it and then you will see your time is worthy!

ghervoix3 months ago

Wow I love it ! Very very nice job !

funelab (author)  ghervoix3 months ago

Thanks!

tominjose3 months ago

Where did you got those rgb led?

funelab (author)  tominjose3 months ago

Just search on Ebay with "RGB Tri-Color LED", you should order 50-100pcs to get the cheapest.

tominjose funelab3 months ago

Ok thanks

LoopyMind4 months ago

Did you order those mini jars somewhere? Or are they store bought?

funelab (author)  LoopyMind4 months ago

I just bought these jars from my friend's small shop. And this shop isn't online. Thanks!

Moonlight12124 months ago

What used SMD resistance? 121 and 100 ??

funelab (author)  Moonlight12124 months ago

It is SMD resistor 0805 size.

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