Introduction: LED Water Bottle

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(Can some at instructables PLEASE fix the app!  Pictures are always rotated on their side, no matter which way I rotate my Galaxy Tab to take the picture!)

For this little project you only need a few things.

1/ a couple off LEDs
2/ a coupe of resistors (I used 150ohm, yours may vary)
3/ a plastic bottle
4/ some wire
5/ battery (I used a 9V)
6/ some sort of "lamp shade"

Tools:

1/ glue gun
2/ soldering gun
3/ knife/wire strippers

Step 1: First, the Parts.

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For this little project you only need a few things.

1/ a couple off LEDs
2/ a coupe of resistors (I used 150ohm, yours may vary)
3/ a plastic bottle
4/ some wire
5/ battery (I used a 9V)
6/ some sort of "lamp shade"

Tools:

1/ glue gun
2/ soldering gun
3/ knife/wire strippers

Step 2: Test Your Setup

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I won't go into great details about how to do an LED circuit(you can see an example I did here), but it should go without saying that you should test your design first before trying to put it all together. Even then, mistakes can be made (*points finger at self....)

Step 3: Put It All Together

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Once you have tested your dean on the breadboard, fire up the suffering gun and start sticking out together!

Be sure to test at each step to make sure it's going right! I did and it was fine until the final assembly. I had in mind a series of lights (think porch lights or Christmas tree lights) but my brain simply did not connect the PARALLEL circuit I did on the bread board! Ugh. So once mine was altogether and I hooked up the battery I was subbed to sew how din the lights wetter. I then immediately knew what was wrong. The lights were in the series and not in parallel!

Okay, so I had to think how can I fix this? There was no way I was going to run extra wire for each light so that I would still have a string of lights. The next best thing change the product. I cut separate each LED and then I decided to make a lamp with two of the four LED I had soldered. The other two are used in another project.

Moving on.

Step 4: Prepping the Bottle....err....lamp Base

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Okay, I need to mount a battery to this new lamp to power the LED's. I decided to make a Ledge for the battery to sit on. Then I use hot glue to give structure to its support.

Step 5: Mounting the LEDs

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Finished fixing the bottle top now how to mount the wires and LEDs.

Step 6: Wiring It Up

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Feed the wries through, measure carefully and solder on 9V battery clip.

Step 7: The Moment of Truth!

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Will it work? Will it melt? Nope apparently it will just pop in LED because the resistor was packed in correctly again the wiring under the heat shrink tubing and was shorting out. It would have been nice if it shorted out during my test set up at every step as opposed to when it was all done.

Now I have another problem to fix. A problem that is currently buried under a lot of glue... Lesson learned, test LED set up longer before final assembly.

After a small amount of cursing, everything with back together again and voila we have like light!

I've been modified the battery to add a stretchy band to hold it better in place.

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