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DIY CD LPT Desktop Light + Video

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In this instructable I will show how to make your own CD LPT Desktop Light .
I came to the idea of making this after I saw the Instructable of how to make an Simple music light show
I really liked the idea of controlling Led's trough an printer port. 
So it thought, 'Why not make that with some old Cd's?'. 
Here's the result, I hope you like it. 

It’s very easy to make and the materials are very easy to find.
Just follow the steps and enjoy the build.  

The Video:
 
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Step 1: Materials

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The materials you need are not so hard to find. 
Most people already got them.  

- Hot Glue Pistol
- Many old cd's
- Wires ( I've used an old internet cable, witch is perfect for this project)
- An old printer port  
- Scissor 
- 8 led's 
- Soldering Iron



Step 2: Making The stacks

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Now you want to make stacks of cd's in wich you put the led's. 
Depending on how many cd's you have you are going to make stacks. 
In my case, I was having around 45 Cd's. 
So I made stacks of around 5 Cd's each.

Every Cd needs the be hot glued onto each other. 
So that at one point you are having 9 stacks of Cd's. 
Be careful with the hot glue, you don't want to bent the Cd's. 

After every 5 Cd's you glue a Cd on top with a gap in it. (See the image)
That's for the Led and the wires that are connected tot the Led. 
Simple cut it out with a scissor. 
Some Cd's may break, just pick a new one. 
Kirbsome!3 years ago
I just tried this, and it works like a charm!
noik (author)  Kirbsome!3 years ago
Nice, do you may have pictures of your project?
I am very curious!
Kirbsome! noik3 years ago
Sure thing.
The original connector was broken, had to solder on a new one.
(thats why the connector looks messy)
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noik (author)  Kirbsome!3 years ago
Very nice,
I also had problems with the connector :)
zazenergy3 years ago
Cool desktop light! Yes, I would absolutely love to see a video of this!
noik (author)  zazenergy3 years ago
Thanks's, the video has been added!