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Have your camping cooler light up like your fridge when you open it for $5!

At night when camping or having a campfire in your back yard. Finding 'your' drinks in the cooler is a pain. You cannot see what drink is yours in the dark of night. Then you freeze your hands fishing around in the ice pulling several out that are not yours. Finally, in pain, you pull your frozen club of a hand out with your drink.

You can put a puck light your cooler but remembering to turn it off after you crawl into your tent or once the party is over never happens. Lets face it, batteries are not cheap. I don't want to buy new batteries each time you use the light and also don't want to be in the middle of the woods, open your cooler and remember that the batteries are dead and that you should have changed them when you got home.

Here is a $5-15min solution to your first world woes.

I do not have a night picture of this working... low light pictures suck... Attached is a snapshot of it working in my kitchen. I am sure you get the idea of it and how handy this little bad boy is

Annnnd... here is a video we have done on this build if you need any clarification on any of the steps


 
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Step 1: What you need...

Picture of What you need...

Things needed:

  1. Cooler
  2. Puck light from a hardware store or dollar store
  3. Tilt switch from Newark
  4. Soldering iron
  5. Solder
  6. Needle nose pliers
  7. small wire cutter
  8. sharpie
  9. utility knife
  10. Batteries for the puck light
  11. chutzpah!

Step 2: Take the puck light apart and cut wire...

First you need to take the puck light apart and tinker with its ticker...

  1. Picture 1 shows the puck light taken apart, it is pretty simple. If you have issues watch the video in step one.
  2. Next you need to cut one of the wires to the battery right close to the solder joint. CUT ONE WIRE NOT BOTH!

This is brilliant! It's like opening the fridge door and having the light turn on!

Yup it's the little things in life that make it good :)

Such a good idea I bought lights like this for my coolers several years ago. For $1 each.
MechanicalMashup (author)  Ghostryder_ca1 month ago

Thank you!

cgarrett71 month ago

Love this, my mind would have immediately gone to arduino, light sensor, yada yada. So much simpler than my brain could concoct :)

MechanicalMashup (author)  cgarrett71 month ago

My brain could not concoct the code required for such an endeavor so I had to find alternate less coding like ways :)

You should enter the great outdoors contest! http://www.instructables.com/contest/greatoutdoors...

Thank you I just have. Great idea!