I designed, programmed and built this lamp over the course of a year. The project didn't start with me wanting to build a lamp. It started as a simple exercise in programming, circuit building and hacking. I chose to upcycle the IKEA Dioder lamp because I wasn't very happy about the functionality of the controller. The intensity of the light was always at maximum and a full range of the colour spectrum wasn't available. Annoyed by this I started soldering, the project escalated a bit beyond an improved controller and the following is the result of all that.

Apologies in advance for lack of images in some places, I made this instructable for the Gadget hacking contest but I was already mostly done by the time I found out about the contest. Instead where there should be images I will substitute with 3D modeled images.


It's very important to take note that this project uses mains voltage and can therefore be very dangerous. USE YOUR BRAIN if you attempt this project.


Step 1: Tools

Tools necessary to make the Koch Lamp:

  • Drill press
  • Drill bits
  • Belt sander (optional but helpful)
  • Laser cutter (CNC machine might also work)
  • 3D printer
  • Pliers
  • Small saw
  • Screwdrivers
  • Soldering iron
  • File
  • Scalpel or other knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Digital caliper (optional but helpful)
  • Wire stripper
  • Glue gun
<p>Wow, that looks really beautiful!</p>
<p>LOVE this!</p>
WOW!!!! A breathtaking piece of craftsmanship. Well done! I adore the shape and detail in the lamp design. It really shows your depth of dedication. Keep up the great work and good luck in the contests! You've got my vote!
<p>Thanks for the positive feedback.</p>
<p>Good work</p>
<p>Thanks for the comment.</p>
<p>Whoo, that looks amaaaaaazing. Seriously awesome lamp!</p>
<p>Thanks, appreciate the feedback.</p>
<p>Wow this is amazing! The shape is so unique and I love that it lights up different colors in different areas!</p>
<p>Thanks for the nice feedback, I really appreciate it.</p>
<p>The depth to which you went in creating this lamp is truly impressive. I haven't seen anyone use a lasercutter and a 3D printer in quite that way yet—cutting the sides for the box and filling the corners in with chamfers created by 3D printed bits. </p><p>Not to mention the extrusions for the lampshades! That's a huge amount of work. A labor of love, no doubt. And an entirely worthwhile one, clearly! Thanks for sharing your design process so thoroughly, too. Beautiful. Just Beautiful.</p>
<p>Thanks for the praise, I really appreciate it. As for the construction technique I used, I hope other people will use it too.</p>

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