Introduction: Faucet Night Light

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My little cousin was on the Internet one day and found a picture online of a faucet value night light that plugged into a wall socket. He really liked it and wanted one. So he showed me the picture and asked me to make it for him. But since he doesn't have outlets near his bed, which is where he wanted it to go, I decided to make it a LED night light.

With just a few random supplies that were around my house I made my little cousin a Faucet Night Light and he loved it so much.

I hope you enjoy this as much as he did.

I found this light for sale from designer Kevin Shaffer and can be purchased here

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

-Faucet/Hose Value 3/4"
-(3) Small G10-A 1.5V batteries
-Micro SPST Switch
-Green Rectangular LED
-Electrical Tape
-Hot Glue Gun + Hot Glue
-Soldering Iron
-Heat Shrink Tubing
-Wire Stripper/Cutter
-Optional Helping Hands

Step 2: Form the Nuclear Waste Drip

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Start with destroying the pacifier by any means necessary, I used wire cutters and my multi-tool to accomplish the task. This is going to take time and patience. Then once the "nipple" part is free, make a cut down one side of it so you can add hot glue to the entire shape. Open the flaps and carefully add the hot glue, then close the flaps, some of the glue will seep out but you can just trim that later. Then you need to quickly slide the LED into there and let it sit and firm up.

To extend the leads, just solder wire to the leads.

Step 3: Drill

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Mark on the valve where you want to drill then using a smaller drill bite for a starter hole, drill the hole. Then using the larger bit (big enough for the switch to fit into) drill a bigger hole. Make sure the switch will fit.

Step 4: Electrical Wiring

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First you're going to need to make the battery, stack the 3 batteries on each other with wires on the top and bottom and tightly wrap the electrical around them. Connect one of the battery leads to the SPST switch. Slide the LED Drip into the Faucet Valve before you finish the soldering, otherwise you wont be able to make things fit later on. Then connect the other battery lead to the LED, which is connected to the switch.

To prevent shorts from happening use heat shrink tubing or electrical tape to cover the exposed wire.

Step 5: Finishing

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This part may be frustrating, you're basically just stuffing the parts in. The battery should go in first so the switch will hold it in, slide the switch it and secure it into place with the nut.

Then place the 3M strips on the back of the unit so it can stay on the wall or other surface.


mrsmerwin (author)2017-03-26

so adorable

ReneeF19 (author)2016-10-12

Just checking what voytage toggle switch did you use?

VoicesOnAir (author)2013-07-21

This is incredible. I'm planning on making this for my girlfriend who left for college and wants something to decorate her room with. But I also have the same question as mikem5906, won't the 3 1.5 over power the 2.2v LED and burn it out? And seeing as I'm new to electrical work. could i directly solder a resistor to the wiring? Without a board?

daniellong2 (author)VoicesOnAir2015-09-11

button cells won't burn a LED, I connected 3 3v button cells, the LED was super bright but it didn´t blew up

elkaddalek (author)2015-04-02

I would put a memory button switch under the plunger of the faucet, so when you tighten the faucet it presses on it & lights up.

mrandle (author)2014-08-15 This would be a really cool addition.

ginpero (author)2014-07-30

i really like to have one for me!!! thanks for the idea!!

rcampbell21 (author)2014-07-13

This is amazing!!! :)

OhYeahThatGuy81 (author)2014-06-03

Oh wow! I really love the look! Excellent job!

Lantern_2814 (author)2014-05-16

do you have a wiring diagram that you could add to this pleas?

la_america (author)2013-08-31

Radioactive waste awesome!

Dreamchronic (author)2013-08-27

love it! must have! must build it!:))

freetree123 (author)2013-08-25

Ccccccooooolllllllllll. Llllloooovvvvveee it

atorres cano (author)2013-08-01

Es divertido este tipo de truquitos que ayudan a crear atmósferas en el hogar, haciendo mas agradable la estadía en la casa. lo intentare y luego les comento que tal me fue ( Propiedad raiz envigado colombia ).

kpomerleau (author)2013-07-20

It would be awesome if you could come up with an idea to make these kind of lightbulbs!

kpomerleau (author)2013-07-20

Awesome idea!!!

cody305 (author)2013-03-21

how does the water connect up to it?

kpomerleau (author)cody3052013-07-20

I hope your not serious dude?

agis68 (author)cody3052013-03-22

its ornament!!!!

WazIt (author)2013-06-29

Fantastic project, love it.

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zool22 (author)2013-05-26

i found one that plugs in to the wall and the handle turns the light on and off
already made to order cheap ..

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mikem5906 (author)2013-05-14

I made a video about your project. Gave you a shoutout in the comments.!

mikem5906 (author)2013-05-13

Isn't the three cells an over voltage situation? 1.5v x 3 is 4.5v. With no resistor in place and a forward voltage of 2.2v on the LED, you're likely burning out LEDs rather quickly. Or did I miss something?

PirateLabs (author)2013-04-29

Very cool idea and well thought out. Excellent idea to use the nipple for the drip...well done.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-04-23

I submitted four entries in the contest, (well none came to finals:( ) BUT the day I saw your entry I knew you would be a winner. AWESOME & CONGRATULATIONS :)

boston09 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2013-04-24

Thank you so much! It feels good to finally win one. I was in your boat for so long, no matter how many I entered I just couldn't finish where I wanted. So please don't stop making these, I actually really like your instructables a lot. I'm sorry you didn't win but you can only go up from here!

Thank you again!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)boston092013-04-24

I won't stop. Its just the beginning :). Thank you for kind words.

icej75 (author)2013-04-07

I really loved this. Thinking about making one for my boys, but my oldest got scared when he saw the glowing green goop dripping and is scared it will turn him into a monster. GREAT JOB!!!

boston09 (author)icej752013-04-23

hahah well if he does in fact turn into a monster..please post a photo

M.C. Langer (author)2013-04-23

Amazing!!! congratulations for the Grand Prize!!!

boston09 (author)M.C. Langer2013-04-23

Thank you!!

see-me (author)2013-04-03

Hey thanks, this is really cool!
How did you attach the drop to the faucet?

boston09 (author)see-me2013-04-03

Thank you! I just attached it with hot glue because it would be the same material as the drip

see-me (author)boston092013-04-03

Great, thanks!

gnoone (author)2013-03-21

Cool idea.. would be even cooler if you used the blue handle to turn it on and off.. gonna try that myself when i get the time.. thnx!!

Kernel770 (author)gnoone2013-04-01

exactly my thought! I would be very interested in seeing this, if you decide to make it! still, the use of the soother is genius!

shazni (author)2013-03-24

how do you change batteries once it wears off??? can you remove the nipple ? will it then remove all the soldering?
please let me i read the whole instructable and couldn't figure it out...the faucet looks like it's permanently fixed.

boston09 (author)shazni2013-03-26

the 3M strips have a tap on them that you just pull laterally to remove from the wall, its not shown in the picture, I apologize

yosiboi (author)2013-03-24

beautiful..!!! good job..!

Misac-kun (author)2013-03-21

I tough it was pluged on the wall.

chrispix (author)Misac-kun2013-03-23

Instead of using the 3M strips, you could attach it to one of these and stick it in an outlet:

Misac-kun (author)chrispix2013-03-23

Oh yeah! That will surely do!

fastedi (author)2013-03-22

Simple and nice project,what about adding two way switch and add one of it a resistor to get two different light level,or a two color led to get two different color.Finally try adapt a potentiometer with switch under faucet knob and don't need to mess with hole for switch too.

RogueOne (author)2013-03-22

The only thing I'd worry about using that type of faucet is the potential for high amounts of lead content in the brass and potentially paint. You can get lever valves that are NSF rated which will not have the lead content but they are a different shape.

beecroft (author)RogueOne2013-03-22

It's a light.

appletx (author)2013-03-22

Very cool. Gotta do one soon.

richb77 (author)2013-03-22

That is awesome. What a simple but extremely effective idea.

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