Night lights and aquariums are very relaxing to look at.
I have this coffee maker that a friend gave me which broke down a few months ago. Here in Japan, you have to pay before you throw electronic stuffs away. So I got this idea and tried to resurrect this item instead of paying for it before trashing it.
Materials I used:
1. defective coffee maker
2. soldering iron and leads
3. pliers with wire cutters
4. a pair of scissors
5. screw driver
6. hot glue gun and glue sticks
7. rechargeable batteries (and a charger of course)
1. miniature DC powered mood light
2. small circuit board switch
Step 1: Preparation
But don't forget to save the switch and wires for later use.
Step 2: Cleaning
Step 3: Pot Light
I have passed the lights from underneath (base) towards where the hot water exits.
Hot glued the series of LEDs onto the pot's filter cap.
Step 4: Testing and Re-wiring
I've rewired the cables and soldered the positive wire onto the coffee maker's main switch. The battery pack is then hot glued under the heating plate.
Step 5: Mood Light Option
I have this 4.5V cell battery powered mood light lying around.
I removed the cell batteries, switched its mini circuit on permanently, then tapped the wires onto the existing battery pack.
A separate switch is installed for this mood light feature since I would like to have the option of switching them on together or separately.
Step 6: Finishing Details
Power Option: If you don't want to use batteries, an AC to DC adapter can be used for this by tapping a power jack. But since I dont want messy power cords, I chose the rechargeable batteries instead.
Here's the final image with a moss dome I made inside the glass pot, housing one Red Cherry Shrimp.
If you have any questions or suggestions... please do leave a comment. I hope you liked it, thanks for viewing!