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The Bright Idea Light is a light-bulb shaped lamp that mounts flush to the wall and eminates a soft backlit glow. I simply found the idea of a virtual rendering of a cartoon light bulb bleeding over into the real functionality of an actual light bulb interesting at the time. There is not too much going on here besides that.

If you wanted to push this idea farther, I can envision a version of this paired with an brainwave sensor that illuminates when someone has an idea.

Step 1: Lamp Materials

You will need:

(x1) White double-row LED strip
(x1) Mini power remote controller
(x1) 12V 3A power supply
(x1) 18" x 24" x 1/8" aluminum
(x1) 18" x 24" x 3/4" plywood
(x7) 6-32 tee nut inserts
(x7) 6-32 x 3/4" bolts
(x1) 30-NF contact cement
(x1) 2-wire black fabric cord
(x2) 1" long shrink tube

<p>Nice one! Mine would be ON constantly ;)</p>
<p>Same!</p>
<p>We enlarged the image and backing wood by 50% to give it more presence. We printed direct to aluminum, and cut out the image and wood on our flatbed cutter. Templates were great! We also used construction adhesive to bond wood and alumnum rather dril any holes in teh aluminum.</p>
<p>Hahaha.. Great idea! : )</p>
<p>What's the reason you chose for an aluminum front plate? It seems to me like this could also be done with something like wood, making it easier to cut. Even though you offered wood as a possibility, I wonder why you used aluminum.</p>
<p>I like the aesthetics of the aluminum edge... I'm better at metalworking than woodworking... I had some 1/8" plate lying around from another project... And because the water jet is kinda awesome...</p>
<p>&quot;If you wanted to push this idea farther, I can envision a version of <br>this paired with an brainwave sensor that illuminates when someone has <br>an idea.&quot; </p><p>Or a seizure. </p>
<p>Lovely project, though. </p>
<p>Awesome ! Here's an idea for the next version......make it smaller and battery powered and mounted on a wooden handle with a power button on it. You would have to make the bulb out of some kind of gray cloudy plastic. Sneak it into your next meeting with the big boss. When it comes time to present your idea hold it up behind and above your head..press the button and say...Hey I have a great idea....</p>
<p>That's awesome! Welllllllllll made, too. That's why I follow you.</p>
<p>Interesting, awesome and funny project !</p>
<p>Nice job! And funny!</p>
That's awesomee! An extended version of it, as you said would be great!!

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