Read the Title First!! Legal or Not?? I have no idea! I am not responsible if you try it! I discovered an "Emergency Light Hack" that can light up your room in an "Emergency" especially if your electric is out! With the Ice Storm that just swept across the United States, it made me think! What if we lost electric!! We have Emergency Propane heat for a backup...but what about light? Of course we have flashlights, but what if the storm lasts longer than our batteries? I don't have a generator...crap! A Generator costs a good bit of cash, that I don't have... What can I do before that situation hits my house? OK, I know that a corded phone does not require my house to have electric in order to work so...I measured the voltage! Wow! 48 Volts DC! Now that could light up my room in an Emergency situation! I said, lets get to work and get prepared!
Step 1: Gathering Parts!
- Section of phone cord
- Electronic scrap - Led Spotlight reflector and lens
- PCB out of the Led Spot Light or from Radio Shack
- Replacement LED's
- 22 AWG wire
Step 2: Install the LED's
Next, I started soldering on the new LED's to the PCB and making the wire connections.
Step 3: Attaching the PCB
Next, I attached the PCB and End Cap onto the LED Housing. I ran a small bead of Hot Glue around the cap for added strength.
Step 4: I Made a Temporary Connection!
In the last step I made a Temporary connection. I will more than likely add a connector of some sort, maybe a spade connector so I can easily connect/disconnect in an Emergency.
One last minute modification.. I just added a clip from a coat hanger with hot glue to the back so I can clip it on something. (example: Curtain, chair, table or anything) I hope that you all enjoyed this one! An Emergency is "Priceless" when you don't have any!
There are so many applications that you can alter this project and make it just as useful.
Like, add a resister, batteries and a switch and you would have a Flashlight!
or... What can you make? Wow! the possibilities!!