Hack an LED screw globe and make it portable.

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)
4. Wires
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
8. Screws


1. Soldering iron
2. Pliers
3. Wire cutters
4. Sharp scissors
5. Screw driver
6. Phillips head
7. Drill
8. Hot glue
<p>So you just plugged the 9v battery into the 120VAC input and it worked?</p>
How long does the standard 9V last? I'm thinking of modifying the use rechargeable AA's instead.
what i mean to say is when i turn on the switch on the side it just starts flashing through colors. what should i do?
Try making sure the battery in the remote is not dead, or the paper is not separating the connection if you have not used it before. Also, distance matters; too far away and it won't send the signal.
Would love to see another method of control other than the Commercial remote. Overall I like this conversion.
I do wonder about the need for a heat sink. It would be interesting to measure the temperature inside the box both with and without the heat sink. I also wonder if some larger, ni-cads or Li-ion batteries wouldn't be a better choice. Those 9V batteries are expensive.
I did hook-up the led's without the heat sink and those puppies do get hot. You could probably get away without having one but i think it looks pretty cool with it. <br> <br>Re-chargeable batteries would be a good idea - you could add a plug into the back of the box to charge them. <br> <br>the 9v battery I used was about $5 so not too expensive really.
Great Instructable! <br>is there an award for best accompanying music? this should win. <br>who's on the flute? <br>
Pretty damn funky! It goes for an hour and 40 minutes!
I'm confused.. i got mine to work but the remote simply will not work. it just started on its cycle and won't change to the color i want... did i just rip out something i wasn't supposed to?
Hey there, <br>Not too sure why that would be happening. Have you tried to remove the battery and attach it again? Make sure its a new 9v battery. There isn't much you can rip out as the circuit board is one complete part with just a couple of wires sticking out the back. <br>Are you using the same light as I did? If not, maybe you need 2 9v batteries to get it running right. Check your wiring again and make sure that nothing is short circuiting. <br>Hope you can get it to work!
This is super awesome! I had an idea just like this but it uses LEDs powered by an Arduino.
Nicely done, I am adding this to my list of my next 'fun projects' !!
Cool Idea, was it the same LED bulb that you won in the Lamps &amp; Lighting contest :)
Yeah is was! Good memory Tarun. <br>I won a couple of them so I think I might hack that one as well.
Awesome :). I remember things I admire, I just loved your PIR airplane hack.

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Bio: I've always liked pulling things apart - it's the putting back together again that I have some issues with.
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