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Give Your Bed Underglow!

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In this Instructable, I'll be explaining how to make your bed look awesome with RGB LEDs. The ones I got are remote controlled, they have different options such as fading or flashing, and they are very inexpensive.
Recently there was a sale on banggood.com for a 5 meter long, remote controlled LED strip. It was a great deal, so I bought one. I didn't have any plans in mind for what I should do with it.
Two separate events caused me to come up with Bed Underglow. First, I saw a car drive by at night and it had some sort of lighting underneath, which looked cool. Secondly, I have a clear plastic dragonfly with an RGB LED that slowly fades and changes colour. It is currently beside my bed to help me calm down when I'm in bed. Then the idea came to me; I should line the perimeter of my bed with the LED strip and give my bed "underglow" lighting!
 
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Step 1: Purchase An LED Strip

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First you need to measure the perimeter of your bed. I sleep in a single bed, and it is up against a wall, so I only needed enough to cover three sides. This meant that a single 5 meter strip was enough for me. If you sleep in a double, queen, or king, you will obviously need more.
The strip I ordered is a great one, and I bought it here:
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-5M-RGB-3528-LED-Strip-Lights-Waterproof-12V-300led-Strip-p-59466.html?p=Y@1710281344201309Z2
It can be cut, so if your bed requires more than five meters, but not exactly ten, you can buy two spools and then trim some off and use the leftover for another project. The spools can be plugged into each other as well. They recommend not plugging in more than two spools into each other because the controller can't supply enough power for more than two.
Once again, the LED strip I used is the least expensive one I could find and you can buy it here:
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-5M-RGB-3528-LED-Strip-Lights-Waterproof-12V-300led-Strip-p-59466.html?p=Y@1710281344201309Z2

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tch1801 month ago

I did make it still have yet to take a picture but my 4 yr loves it, its the coolest thing to her, thanks !!!

you can find them on amazon also if anybody was wondering and there cheap there too

cleggett12 months ago

bed looks Amazing!!! thanks Dude :D best place to get your LEDs from is Ebay, for future reference, dirt cheap and work brilliantly :D

fatdevil19824 months ago

I ordered everything, but it looks like I have two female ends for my lights. How do I fix this?

Liam.great98 (author)  fatdevil19823 months ago

Order this, it is a male to male plug that will fit the LED strip. It comes with 10 pieces, but it’s still great for the price.

http://www.banggood.com/10X-4pin-Male-Connector-For-RGB-5050-Or-3528-LED-Strip-Light-Connect-p-75447Y@1710281344201309Z2.html

never mind. I found a double male piece that attaches the two female ends at the bottom of the bag. My daughter now has LED under glow for her loft bed.

Liam.great98 (author)  fatdevil19823 months ago

The LED strip *should* have a male and female end. If I were you, I’d email Banggood.com and tell them your order number, and they’ll likely send a new one. Or, if you would rather fix it yourself, buy a male to male connector.

Cyncha2273 months ago

Hi Liam! O.K., so I'm really slow to action, but I'm still really in love with this. I was doing some measuring and it seems that 5 Meters that the strips are sold in (for$13.99 each) are just a bit short for all the way around the underside of a twin bed. My reaction is to just make the perimeter "circle" a bit smaller. Am I visualizing and measuring correctly, or did you find 5 meters a bit on the short side too? Looking forward to "playing" with the remote to get different colors. Thank you!

Liam.great98 (author)  Cyncha2273 months ago

5 meters was about 50 cm too short for me too. However, my bed is up against a wall so I just made the 50 cm section without LEDs on the side that faces the wall. You can’t even tell that it’s short. If your bed isn’t against a wall, or if you just want full coverage, you can buy short sections of LED strip from Banggood and solder this to the end. Of, if this is possible, just decrease the “circle”, as you suggested. The suggested power adapter is more than enough to handle an extra 50 cm.

bradk3 made it!5 months ago

I loved this idea so much that I made it for my 7 year old daughter, and she couldn't be happier!

Inspired by your project, I was able to hack the strip to add a motion sensor and microprocessor so that it can turn on and off automatically. Check out my Instructable here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Hack-your-LED-Stri...

Thanks so much for the great idea!

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Liam.great98 (author)  bradk33 months ago

That looks great. I’ll try that after I get a spare controller, just in case something gets busted. I added a timer to mine, so it’s on when I wake up and go to sleep. It really makes getting up at 6:00 nicer…

ruviwije made it!5 months ago

Great idea and an easy build- thanks you! I ordered from the recommended vendor and it took about 4 weeks to deliver. Goods came in as promised. There is an option for $6 more to get it shipped from the US warehouse - I assume that will be significantly quicker.

The "directions" that came with the set were in 2pt font size and were on a piece of paper smaller than a playing card. No useful info at all. Thankfully this thread had info on how many amps were needed, etc.

An added benefit not stated previously is the the purple light melts any Monsters that hide under the bed ;) This eliminated a problem that started after my daughter started reading Calvin and Hobbes. Or perhaps it was after watching Monsters Inc.

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Liam.great98 (author)  ruviwije3 months ago

That looks great. Recently I installed it under my brother’s bed for his Birthday. 2 down, 1 to go, now it’s just my parents’ bed that needs it…

Fisherplay5 months ago

una pregunta ya que soy nuevo en esto de utilizar los LED por no decir otra cosa :I el mando a distancia viene con ellos?.Agradecería que contestara lo mas rápido posible y lo felicito por el trabaja :) (bueno para q no me salgas insultan o divulgando, soy joven así q no entiendo algunas o cosas)

jhaney15 months ago
Oops, spoke 4 days too soon. Banggood finally came through. Got my led strip today. Took a little more than a month, but everything works and looks great. Thanks for a cool instructable. My bedroom looks like a disco now. lol
Liam.great98 (author)  jhaney15 months ago
Awesome. Banggood is great because there's free shipping and everything is so cheap. It just takes forever. I'm currently a month in waiting for another Banggood order.
jhaney16 months ago
I ordered from the link provided one month ago. The website says my order shipped just a day after I ordered, but I haven't received anything. I guess that's $14 gone. :-/. Be ware ordering from banggood. I'll just stick to amazon from now on.
nolan796 months ago
This looks really cool totally voting for u
aury6 months ago

so awesome ive already done it and it looks really cool really impressive :D

hardy18126 months ago
wow looks awesome,,,getting new beds for my two lads so this will be a defo to-do for em,,,thxs for the how to guide,,,,just need to buy the led kits,,,,will have a look on fleabay
XzTS6 months ago
oh man, this looks fun. I might try it after college if I have time.
rogueleadr6 months ago
Question: How do you program the "DIY" parts of the remote control? Mine came without any documentation whatsoever.
Liam.great98 (author)  rogueleadr6 months ago
Excellent question. That took me a while to figure out. The DIY buttons are for making really specific colours. I find it useless because there are already so many colour options. But to program, you press a DIY key, then use the six arrow keys to inscrease or decrease the red, green, and blue. Then it will save that colour for you. Basically it's like a bookmark, or a favourite button.
FlyinHigh6 months ago
And thanks for the idea and compliments!
FlyinHigh6 months ago
I actually ordered them from amazon. I bought 2 rolls @ $14 a piece I think. I ordered a controller seperately and also a power adapter. I ordered them Saturday with free shipping and they arrived Tuesday so I was surprised lol.
Cyncha2276 months ago
Great Liam! This I may do for my son. I have an assortment of power adapters like you show in your components picture. Do you think any one of these would work as long as they were 2 Amps for a 5 meter length, or 4 Amps for two of the 5 M strips? Not sure about the connector sizes and if they would work though. I have seen cars with the glowing undersides, and thought they looked pretty nice. Thanks!
Liam.great98 (author)  Cyncha2276 months ago
Thanks, glad you like it! 2 Amps should be fine, the package is a little confusing saying each colour can draw 2 amps so you need a 6 amp supply (for the three colours), but on the website the power adapter the sell optionally to go with it is only 2 amp. And I run mine off a 1.5 amp adapter. So All I can say is you need at least 1.5 amps for 5 meters. 4 amps should be fine for 10 meters.
huskerland36 months ago
Good job. I wonder if you could hook it up to blink when the alarm goes off
Liam.great98 (author)  huskerland36 months ago
Thanks! I suppose you could, it's pretty easy to mod. There are four wires from the controller. Red, blue, green, and ground. So you could easily set an arduino timer to interrupt the ground.
If you are using one of the IR remotes with the LED strip, an IR LED attached to an arduino is a very easy way to get control of the lights with few extra parts and wiring. https://github.com/alistairallan/RgbIrLed shows an example of an arduino simulating the simpler APA1616 24 button remote. If you search around for the model of remote you have, you might find that someone already has reverse-engineered the protocol for it, and if not there are plenty of examples out there on how to capture the IR codes for yourself with an IR receiver. The IR control method also works great with my raspberry pi and LED strips using LIRC.
Liam.great98 (author)  Legoman1326 months ago
Interesting idea. I was envisioning a system where the Arduino interrupts the actual connection between the strip and the controller, which would also allow me to control the colour with the Arduino. I’ll consider both ideas, thanks!
husamwadi6 months ago
Holy guacamole I have the exact same LED strip and bed frame,

time to NUKE it up lol!

Actually I was wondering what to do with my LED strip, I had it sitting in a box for over 5 months, this is perfect!
Liam.great98 (author)  husamwadi6 months ago
Same thing happened to me, but I thought of this pretty much as soon as I got them! I love your hexacopter Instructable by the way…
Thanks man, only took 3 centuries and 2 keyboards! I plan on making a new one soon.

Oh yeah and I voted, faved, etc etc this project.

And for the people who say "this isn't imaginative, or you didn't make anything yada yada" the fact that no one thought of this makes it an awesome instructable haha.

NUKETOWN, COMMENCE!!!
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Turns out I don't have the same bed frame, but close enough lol!
Liam.great98 (author)  husamwadi6 months ago
That looks great! That blue colour looks just like a nuclear reactor glowing pool! I did a search on Google and someone beat me to it in 2008 but they didn’t make an Instructable and the video was a little bit shaky… Oh well, first Instructable at least. Thanks for the vote!
OT46 months ago
This is great! I already ordered my leds!
Liam.great98 (author)  OT46 months ago
Awesome! Post pictures when you’re done.
FlyinHigh6 months ago
As soon as I seen this I loved it I just put it in today and total cost was right at $40 but I bought an extra roll.
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Liam.great98 (author)  FlyinHigh6 months ago
Very nice! Did you order from the link I posted, or did you already have them? 2 rolls should only cost like $30 and the shipping usually takes three weeks… Unless you bought the speedy shipping option. Anyway, looks nice!
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