Introduction: Build an USB LED Light From an Old Webcam

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If you have an old damaged webcam, you can use it to make an USB LED light.

Step 1: Components and Tools

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Tools:

  • Soldering iron
  • Driller
  • 5mm Drill
  • Multimeter
  • Hot glue gun
  • Adhesive tape
  • Miscellaneous tools

Components

  • Old webcam
  • 1 - 5mm LED high bright (white or other colour)
  • 1 - Resistor 200 Ohms

Step 2: Disassemble the Webcam and Get Ready To

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Disassemble the webcam and remove the pcb.

Use the lens support to fix the LED, in my case I needed to make a 5mm hole with a driller.

Step 3: Solder the Components

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Solder the 200 Ohms resistor to the LED.

Step 4: Find the 5 Volts Wires and Make the Connections

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Cute the USB cable end connector and connect the cable in your PC to find the 5 Volts wires.

Then, connect the 2 wires (in my case the black and red) to the LED, the positive cable must be connected to the anode LED terminal (the big terminal), in my case it's where I soldered the resistor.

Protect one of the terminals with adhesive tape or a small piece of plastic wire cover to avoid a short circuit.

Step 5: Assemble the Components and Mount the Webcam

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Fix the LED to the the lens support with hot glue and mount your new webcam LED light.

Step 6: ​Connect It in Your PC USB Port and Voilà

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Connect it in your PC USB port and voilà, use your new cheap LED ligh.

Comments

bhvm (author)2017-08-14

Very nice Bling factor.

These should be rocking with 1W or 3W Luxeon Stars.

BKLaRue (author)2015-08-11

Very cool! I may have to try this...I think I have the parts laying around.

Thanks for sharing!

Slot1Gamer (author)2015-08-10

Black hot glue would work well for this, to avoid light spilling out the cracks in the case

Mindmapper1 (author)2015-08-10

if you install this and to prevent mucking up you computer ensure that you insulate effectively the connections. As shown this will damage you computer or 5v supply

DuartmaN (author)Mindmapper12015-08-10

Take a look on the next photo, the entire terminal was isolated with adhesive tape.

Mindmapper1 (author)DuartmaN2015-08-10

yes I am just highlighing it...................

doctorkred (author)2015-08-10

Very nice

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Muy bonito.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-08-09

Cool light. I has a nice sci fi look to it.

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