I recently got my hands on an LED globe which came with a remote. After a lot of use in the kid’s room it finally stopped working. I think the reason why is that they have a dimmer in their room and the LED globe didn’t seem to like it too much when it was dimmed.
Instead of just throwing it away I decided to see what was inside, and if there was any way that I could hack it to make it portable. Well there was a way and here’s how to do it.
So if you ever have a need to turn a room blue, or like the look of the red light district – then this project is for you!
Step 1: Parts to Gather
1. LED Globe – Ebay
2. 9v battery
3. 9v battery terminal - These can be purchased at any electronics store (or scavenged from a broken toy)
5. Toggle Switch – Ebay
6. Box. This could be anything that the battery can fit into.
7. Heat-sink. I used a video card one from an old PC - Ebay
1. Soldering iron
3. Wire cutters
4. Sharp scissors
5. Screw driver
6. Phillips head
8. Hot glue
Step 2: Pulling Apart the Globe
1. Un-screw the bottom of the globe. You can see that I tried to cut mine off first before I realised that you can just un-screw it!
2. Carefully pull out the insides. Most of this is capacitors so be careful as they could still contain a charge. Cut the red and black wires.
3. Ply off the plastic diffuser with a screwdriver
4. Unscrew the circuit board from the heat-shield and lift up.