Introduction: Illuminated Clock

I needed a clock that looked cool. Blue LED's look cool. Do the math. The basic idea is to have a clock that is lit from the frame.

Step 1: Stuff!

You will need:
  • Clock (Bought from IKEA, has a translucent frame)
  • LED's (blue, had 6, used 3)
  • Wires
  • 9 volt battery
  • 9 volt battery clip
  • Switch

Step 2: Place LED's

Put the LED's where you want them. I placed three at places around the frame using blu-tac. Make sure that the led's are placed with the correct polarity (neg to pos).

Step 3: Wiring

Connect the led's together with insulated electrical wire (neg to pos of led's). Protect the connections with electrical tape. I also wired in the switch. Leave 2 leads hanging (a positive and negitive). Connect the battery to make sure the curcuit works.

Step 4: Let's Go Ad a Battery -do Dah, Do Dah

Attach two wires to the ones hanging from the clock, long enough to reach the floor. I used an old USB cable. It already had 2 wires inside it (it was power only). Attach a battery clip to the other end.

Step 5: Done!

So there you go, a clock that lights up. Plug in a 9v, flick the switch, and you're ready to go!

Comments

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frikkie (author)2014-12-03

why not just ad an dark detector circuit. you gonna need a few componets and one LDR then the LED'S will switch on and off automatically. then you don't have worries of battery life.just an thought ;)

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frikkie (author)2014-12-03

why not just ad an dark detector circuit. you gonna need a few componets and one LDR then the LED'S will switch on and off automatically. then you don't have worries of battery life.just an thought ;)

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acastillon (author)2011-06-16

GREAT IDEA ! but, leaving the LED in 24/7 is not a great idea at all. Well you can attach a long wire separated by a switch and attach the long wire near you with the switch so you can push the switch on/off without turning it on all night plus, it saves energy and you can have long lasting LED lights for your clock.

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gl000001 (author)2009-06-25

It would be cool to have the leds attached at the end of the clock hands. Bringing power to them would be be difficult I guess. Three different colors would work best. Another option would be to have leds all around the clock and they would illuminate to follow the hands. This would need some electronics. I have ideas but no time to do it. Can someone do this ?

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munchman (author)gl0000012009-12-21

 That's the exact same idea I had immediately after I did this... I was thinking something like blue following the hours and green following the minutes...

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nattyee (author)2008-07-25

thats cool as great idea . how did you get the idea from ?

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munchman (author)nattyee2009-03-07

I just thought of it... you know?

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fade400 (author)2008-09-08

How long do the leds last ? I'm assuming they are on 24/7

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munchman (author)fade4002008-09-09

I'm not sure, I don't leave them on 24/7. I think that it would be a couple of years, led's are pretty robust. The battery would only limit it. I can't tell you how long I've had them on because I stole the battery clip after a few days.

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-07-09

Sweet. Maybe if you can put an LED pointing at each number, that would look pretty cool, but kind of weird to wire up and stuff. Not really, I'm just lazy to do it. :-) +5/5 stars.

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killerjackalope (author)2008-07-08

Kinda cool, if you put the LEDs at an angle facing out at a shallow angle, they'll light more of the frame... Or hide them in the indent in the back of the frame so the clock has a blue circle around it...

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munchman (author)killerjackalope2008-07-08

I was trying to go for the lit frame effect, but this is how it came out. I might do another one in the future.

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killerjackalope (author)munchman2008-07-09

Turn all the led's 90 degrees clockwise (or anti clockwise as long as they're all turned one way) Then the frame would be lit, however adding a second set would keep that cool X or cross effect going on with the lights...

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munchmum (author)2008-07-08

Looks great. It could also double as a gentle night light for younger kids.

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Ora (author)2008-07-08

You just gave me a GREAT idea!

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