Introduction: LED Nightlight/Lamp
I found the core of the lamp in the trash while perusing the isles at Home Depot a couple of days ago. My original idea was to use it as a storage space for some pens and junk but then I saw the strand of green LEDs in my apartment and figured, why not? I could always use another lamp.
Step 1: Step 1: LED Placement
Take each of the horizontal pieces and scrap off any stickers, labels or anything that might mar the paint job. Use a Phillips head and punch a hole where you want the LEDs to go. I eyeballed the placement but if you're a lot pickier then measure it.
Step 2: Step 2: Continue Step 1
My lamp only has 3 usable levels into put my LED strand. Levels 2 and 3 only had room for 3 LEDs and the first had room for 4. Keep in mind of the final layout for the lights. If you want a crazy lighting scheme then put the lights wherever you want it. I wanted an even pattern on the front, so I made sure that two of the lights were even with the front edge. Make sure that when building the lamp and inserting the LEDs, that you start from the end closest to the battery pack and work your way out. The battery pack will be discussed later.
Note: The front edge on the lamp is the smooth rounded edge to the right.
Step 3: Step 3: Cleaning It Up!
Reassemble each of the levels and attach a square of tracing paper to the front and rear to diffuse the light coming from the LEDs. Make sure everything is taped down on top. There's no need to tape down the lights on the other levels unless you made the holes too large.
Step 4: Step 4: Finishing Up.
Once you have everything in place and it all looks good, find a scrap piece of cardboard and cut it to fit the top shape to hide the wires. This is not necessary but it does make it look neater.
Step 5: Step 5: Check Out the Lighting!!
Here it is all lit up. With the lamp on and the door to the laundry room shut, I could read the wording on the washer/dryer.
Step 6: Step 6: the Power Within...
Up til now, I assume you've been wondering how I've been supplying power. Well, I could give a lame joke but I won't. The battery pack came with the strand and takes 2 AA batteries. I attached it to the underside of the lamp with some tape.