Step 5: The LED Lighting

I decided to hack/ recycle some inexpensive lights we already had. The tealight body would be great, as it has a nice push-button switch on the bottom. It would be housed in the bottom of the Dalek. It's LED was flickering yellow, so I needed to swap it for a white one.

1. Cut out the top of the tealight, carefully.

2. Heat up the ol' solder iron and remove the LED and wires.

3.Open up the other small white LED and remove the bulb.

4. Solder the ends of the white LED bulb to two wires (recycled from an old phone cable). This will give enough length to connect the bulb to the tealight base that will be in the base of the Dalek.

5.Wrap the two LED legs with scotch tape (so that they won't touch each other and short out) and feed it through a rivet tube (remove the rivet nail and just use the tube).

6. I added a small black rubber grommet to the LED bulb, along with a white one (cut off the base of the white 'wick' from the original tealight LED. Gave the LED arm a Dalek-y look.

7. Feed the two wires through the hole and glue the arm to the head with epoxy.

8. Solder the two wires (now protruding from the base of the Dalek,  to the connections on the body of the tealight.

<p>These are amazing truly I tend to do fundraising using a Dalek I built and selling these would be a great fundraiser. I'm trying to decide if there is a way to do mass production? Maybe a laser cutter for the cardboard. anyway if I do do anything I will make sure to comment. Favorited for you. </p>
<p>Thanks and hope this inspires an even better model...this was a first and I know it could be much improved. Maybe for your fundraising you could sell a kit instead of mass producing? Less work and would be fun for others to put together?</p>
<p>Great idea, I will consider working on that after I've finished working on my current project. May have something done by christmas time.</p>
A trick I got from Robot Room is to sand clear LEDs to make them visible. Perhaps that can help the antenae
this is awsome
<p>these are some of the best diy dealer's I have ever seen. As an up and coming whovien, these became my immediate to do project. I plan to post a pic of mine in the comments as soon as I'm done.</p>
<p>change dealer to dalek, auto correct strike again</p>
<p>Awesome...please do!</p>
So cool!
ie, the first photo: <br> <br>&quot;These don't Il-lu-min-ate, they just Dec-or-ate.&quot; :)
Well done! <br>
Decorate!<br> <br> Now, if one could fit one with LEDs, it would...<br> <br> Illuminate!<br> <br> Sorry...&nbsp;
Simply wire two LEDs to the output of a timer to make them blink... There's plenty of room in there for a battery and a circuit.
Here's another one for you Dark...have fun!
very nice, my daughter and I are mega Dr.Who fans, got our vote
I love it!!
Super cool! I'm still geeking out about it! :)
This. Is. Amazing, well done
Yes! Look at how cute he is! :D <br /> <br />This is just adorable. Thanks for such an awesome walkthrough!

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