Introduction: CD PLayer Light Show

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I had an old CD player lying around and a LED and thought about combining the two. What resulted was a simple mini light show, if I had different colored LEDs then it may have looked better. The only LED I had was a red one, but it still worked out fine.

Step 1: Materials

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LED(mine is a red one)
cd player(try to have one that you can break like an old one)

Step 2: Combining CD PLayer and LED

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First unscrew the led screen from the top part and break it off of the rest of the cd player.
Then take the led which is attached to the battery and tape or glue it onto the cd.
You may have to rig up the part that allows the cd to spin once the top is closed. On mine it is a little button that was pushed down from closing the cd player, so I just pushed a little cardboard onto it to keep it down.

Step 3: Start the Show

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Once you have everything ready and the cd spinning go to a dark room or semi dark room and the LED will spin around creating a cool effect.
I used the mode on my camera that exposes over a longer time which resulted in the pics that have the swirls.
I will probably retry this but experiment with different LEDs to get cooler effects.
Hope you like it.


applecake (author)2009-10-11

sweet, im making this

MisterMissanthrope (author)2008-10-10

what if you conterbalnced it with another LED adjacent to it? think it would spin more smoothly?


musick_08 (author)2009-04-08

i'm going to make cop lights lol

itstemo1 (author)2008-06-23

All we need to do is mount some Red and Blue LEDs and place it on top of my computer... I will be arrested in minutes

musick_08 (author)itstemo12009-04-08

lol i was just thinking of that

bcnr33skyline187 (author)2008-10-11

can i use my mp3 player lol

omnibot (author)bcnr33skyline1872008-12-06

Nah, it wouldn't be able to rewind the songs. :D

bcnr33skyline187 (author)omnibot2008-12-06

damn! XD

etines3 (author)2008-07-01

i dont have a cd player or iam to lazy to get it

EaKLondon (author)2008-06-22

sorry I am trying to get the video on

mikeasaurus (author)2008-06-22

this is pretty cool, any chance to see a video of it in action? It reminds me of this laser I saw in a store that responded to tones in music.

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