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Jerry-rig Your Old Christmas Lights Into a Led Board

Idea:
Use old unwanted christmas lights and thrown out cardboard to make a cheap wanna-be LED board.
 
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Step 1: Get Lit

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Find Lights anywhere they have them. I found them in our garage, but you can also locate them on sale pretty much everywhere after the holidays at Taget, VONS, Long's Drugs, and most likely Wall*Mart.

Step 2: Design and Poke

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On a seperite piece of paper, draw out your design before you start poking it out free hand. It woun't look very good...

For the poking out holes part I used a screw driver,but a few alternatives are using a pencil, simple pen, drill, large nail, airsoft gun (with pellets), knuckle duster, exacto knife, or and a drill press.

Step 3: Insert There

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This is the hard part, but don't think of it that way.
Take each light and using *Common Sense insert each light into the designed pattern of individual holes.
**Unique Sense and Less Common Sense may also be used.

Step 4: Plug-it-in

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Plug-it-in

Step 5: The OFF position

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Douse the lights-
& show people what you have thrown together!
mole14 years ago
That metal screen stuff with 1/4 inch squares... I think it's call hardware cloth... works great for this. Just make sure you put the whole thing against a black non reflective background so your message isn't backlit .
Might also be good to paint the screen stuff flat black first.
also you should use a piece of half inch plywood and drill the holes for the lights
coretj6 years ago
Although it is original, this isn't very good. If you used LED lights it would be different; but you are putting a lot of small glass-enclosed-balls-of-fire through kindling. this is not the best idea. next time drill holes in a wood panel or something with a higher combustion point.
WriotE (author)  coretj6 years ago
Thank you!
tyeo0986 years ago
Its Jerry-rig but w/e Itd be cool if it were a Christmas light matrix, avr controlled
WriotE (author)  tyeo0986 years ago
I knew i had the spelling wrong!>< What's a light matrix or avr controlled? I'm like 14 and stupid.
very smart idea, i just might do this (favorited)
WriotE (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Thanks!.