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These LED Slippers are built to make your life easier. Never again will you need to use your cell phone display to navigate around your home in the night.

Read these imaginary testimonials from real customers:
  • "I was getting up to use the bathroom and didn't want to wake my partner, so I didn't turn on the lights. Not only were my feet cold, but I also stubbed 60% of the toes on my right foot."
  • "There I was, skipping along my darkened hallways, when all of a sudden I tumbled down the stairs. Wish I'd had these..."
  • "I was fighting ninjas in my pajamas, and I just couldn't see where my kicks were going."
They need these. You need these. The world needs these. And now you can make them for yourself. I gifted these to my coworker kazmataz, who had the dual problem of having cold toes and an inability to hit ninjas with her kicks. She was also nice enough to model them for the photo shoot, in between battling said ninjas of course.

Enough talk, let's light up some slippers!
 
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Step 1: Tools + materials

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Tools:
  • soldering iron
  • wire strippers/cutters
  • wire
  • hot glue gun
  • needle + thread
  • hobby knife
  • indelible marker
  • stiff wire (coat hangar)
  • scissors
Materials:
  • Animal Print Slippers
  • 4x super-bright LED's
  • 4x LED holders
  • 2x button cell battery holders
  • 2x button cell batteries
  • 2x push-button toggle switch
  • heat shrink tubing
  • thin plastic sheet (like from a take-away container)
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depotdevoid2 years ago
It took me a while, but I finally got them done! I gave them to India as a gift today. No surprise twists I'm afraid, just an extra LED in each slipper!
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mikeasaurus (author)  depotdevoid2 years ago
These look great, I'm sure she is going to love them! An extra LED is a good idea, even though I used 'super bright' LED's I think when it comes to navigating in the dark more is better. If I were to remake these again I might consider putting some extra LED's in the back too, that way you can see what's going on behind you without having to shuffle your feet around.

Thanks for sharing your version of this, you get a digital patch and a 3-month Pro Membership!

India's mom says I need to make her a pair too, so she can stop stepping on the cat in the dark!
Solskinner2 years ago
These are really awesome! I've been dying to make some light up clothing and this seems like a good project to start with. Can you recommend a tutorial on making a simple led light switch like the one you have here so I don't ruin can experiment with a pair of slippers. :-) I feel I need to perfect soldering the circuitry before I attempt to do this project. I will definitely be making these and posting. Great instructable!
mikeasaurus (author)  Solskinner2 years ago
An easy project to get started on is wiring one LED to a button cell battery. You can easily salvage all the components from old/discarded electronics, and wiring it together is just as simple as it seems: battery to LED. If it's not working you probably have the LED in backwards or your battery is dead. Experimenting like this with trial and error is exactly how I learned.
After gaining confidence with soldering and the components move on to incorporating other elements such as a switch to operate and an array of LED's, you'll soon find the thresholds for all the basic components and understand the differences when you wire in series and parallel.

Beyond that a great place to get messy with simple electronics is to take apart electronics from the Dollar Store and start hacking away, there's loads of variety and it's really inexpensive. When you're ready you'll confidently be able to incorporate electronics into all kinds of things. Good luck!
Thanks, I'll try this out.
ChrysN3 years ago
Brilliant, I need a pair of these! I can't tell you how many times I've gotten up in the middle of the night and nearly stepped on or tripped over my cat.
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True, I don't know why he hasn't learned to get out of my way.
mikeasaurus (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Funny how your cat kind of resembles these fuzzy slippers, too.
fnogueira3 years ago
now if they were sound sensitive would be awsome...ill try make some ^^
LexanPanda3 years ago
How practical would it be to put the button switch in the front of the slippers, so a small kick to the ground would turn 'em on? It might not be convenient for late-night ninja battles(strobe lights, anyone?), but I think it would be a nice adjustment.
Mirime3 years ago
As Bill Ingle would say house shoes with headlights. The other night I got a deer with the brights.
OCLVig3 years ago
It's like Al Bundy's Shoe Lights, but without the car battery backpack! lol
ha ha ha... :D
canucksgirl3 years ago
Great idea!

You should make version 2.0 with a toe-pressed button High Beam. It would really come in handy to blind those ninja's you have to fight off in pyjamas. :)
depotdevoid3 years ago
Awesome, I am totally going to make these for someone for christmas.
mikeasaurus (author)  depotdevoid3 years ago
Do it! I'd like to see your take on this, I'm sure you're going to add a fun (and probably way more awesome) twist!
fjordcarver3 years ago
Awesome job! Have you seen the Bright Feet commercial on youTube?
Hillarious!
Yours are way nicer. Love the print!
susanrm3 years ago
You're so funny. But no way in heck am I cutting holes in my sheepskin slippers to do this, and those are the only slippers I wear anymore. Plus a judicious combination of LED night lights and good night vision save my toes and navigation abilities. Awesome, though!