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Recycle Reminder Lamp from upcycled Water Bottle

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This I'ble will show you how to craft a neat and simple portable lamp from a recycled water bottle. Not only will it shed its light for hours on end it will create a talking piece to prompt others to join in our fight to save the globe.

Save these valuable bottles and recycle/upcycle them any way you can!

Lets build our LED lamp.

This is a entry to the "Keep the bottle" contest. Please take the time to vote if you think the idea, is worth me getting a prize for it. I would really enjoy the prize, so please vote.

 
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Step 1: What you will need

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We will only need a few items for this prject. They include

~ Two water bottles.

~ Scissors.

~ One High powered LED . (Preferably out of some old electronics)

~ An applicable battery for your LED (If you can not obtain a battery to suit, purchase some resistors from your local electronics store.).

~ One rocker switch (purchase one from your local electronics store or salvage it from old electronics)

~ Glue.

~ 240 grit sand paper.

Step 2: Cutting the bottles

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Cut the top off one of your bottles.

Make the cut below the neck where the bottle neck meets the flat sides.
Trim the cut flush.

This will be the top of our lamp.


Cut the bottom off your other bottle.

Make the cut about 12 mm / 1/2 inch from the bottom.
Trim the cut flush

This will be our base of the lamp.


We now need to cut the hole for the switch.
Trace out the required hole and cut where you feel appropriate. I chose the back, yet the side would still be fine.

Step 3: Sanding the bottles.

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In order to make the bottle seem less like a bottle, we shall sand the plastic to an opaque finish. This will still allow light to transfer yet diffuse it to a certain extent.

Take your sand paper and with circular motions abraid the inside and outside of the top/bottom.

very cool and simple as well. I can see making this using a recycled either mercury switch or a gravity type switch where when the lamp is turned over, it lights, flip it again and it goes off. that might if thought out eliminate having an obstruction on the side of the lamp. great i'ble, certainly gives me ideas, thanks.
cokecola5 years ago
I am going to try this with a color changing LED. I think it will be cool. I have one question and forgive me if I missed it but where are the batteries in your photos? Did you use coin batteries?
Lftndbt (author)  cokecola5 years ago
Remember to VOTE!!!
Lftndbt (author)  cokecola5 years ago
The batteries are located inside the epoxy LED module. Yes an RGB module would be nice. i had a few around the house but can't find them now. If I can, I'll post another i'ble on a RGB version. Thanks for your comment.
like the sanding idea
Lftndbt (author)  disturbedreaper5 years ago
Remember to VOTE!!!
Lftndbt (author)  disturbedreaper5 years ago
Yes it does add a certain charm to the plastic. thanks for your comment!
necropolian5 years ago
i posted a little glass light bottle a few days before this one...
Lftndbt (author)  necropolian5 years ago
By my calcs its about 5 months ago you posted "Star of Eridanil". Nice I'ble by the way! Did you see my Capture a Fallen Star?
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well, if your 'calcs' say so...I dinnae blame you. but my memory indicates an enlarged stress level around the date of 31 december 2008, because I wanted to publish it before that "'workshop, show your creation'" contest ended. and that isn't 5 months ago, but maximum 10 days before the publishement date on this. 'ible. because of this I willnae vote for you, but i'll rate a 4. isn't that a good deal?
Lftndbt (author)  necropolian5 years ago
Oh? "By my calcs" I meant I checked the publish date on your I'ble and it says -

Author:necropolian
Joined:Jul 5, 2008
Instructables:10

published: Dec 31, 2008

Guess I checked to fast.... I read your join date as published date....

It is a pity on the deadline issue as you could have entered in the contest too. I guess i'll just have to contend with the several other "Bottle light" I'bles.

Thanks for the rating, but you know you really should vote. ;)
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mdeblasi15 years ago
Lftndbt,
I don't mean to get all stuff white people like on you, but I think you mean "Simple LED lamp," as simplistic implies Moronic, and this is anything but.
M
Lftndbt (author)  mdeblasi15 years ago
Just following up on your reference, as I was not aware of the direct corrolation between simplistic and moronic. After searching several online dictionaries and my hard copy here, I am yet to find any. May I ask where you found your reference as I would very much like to correct myself? Simplistic (adj.) characterized by extreme and often misleading simplicity Overly simple; In a manner that simplifies the issue to a degree where many important details are lost; not complex ; simple ; usually an insult overly simplified, as in: The drug problem hasn't been solved by simplistic slogans like "Just say no".
Well, there it is: "usually an insult" Sorry to have rattled you; wasn't trying to, I like the lamp. Cheers, M
Lftndbt (author)  mdeblasi15 years ago
Te he he! It would take alot more than a helpful comment to "rattle" me friend. I am still a bit lost on the reference to "Moronic" though, I must say. I guess it may be cultural aswell. In Australia even if someone called you "simplistic" it would be taken as a complement, as the opposite is to be "complex" which would not be a complement here.
Oh, I didn't realize you were in the antipodes. That could explain the difference. Nice to say hello to someone who is on the opposite side of the world, opposite time of day and opposite season. Here, in Columbus, OH, US, it is 1deg. Fahrenheit today (17C) and there are 4" or 5" (11cm) of snow on the ground. Staying in and making lamps seems like a good idea.
Lftndbt (author)  mdeblasi15 years ago
LoL it is 104 degree Fahrenheit today here. Damn hot!!
1 deg. Fahrenheit? Here in Lansing, Michigan it's -12 and tomorrow it is supposed to get down to -28 degrees Fahrenheit. We have about 5 inches of snow too, maybe an inch or so more. Staying inside sounds like a good idea to me too.
gmjhowe5 years ago
Nice work.
Lftndbt (author)  gmjhowe5 years ago
Geez your quick!! Thankyou my friend, that is appreciated.
gmjhowe Lftndbt5 years ago
Indeed, i am quick. I think the frosting works really well. I would be tempted to get some slightly fancier bottles. and clustering them into a lamp shape.
Lftndbt (author)  gmjhowe5 years ago
Oh!!! Yes indeed ! The possibilities are endless!! A cluster design and fancier bottles would look fantastic. I must remember to raid my works recycling bin after im finished. They all think I am funny as. I don't care though, they make for great projects!
gmjhowe Lftndbt5 years ago
not as funny when the guys at work see my taking tubes, large peices of card etc..
...whats jake doing? oh hes just taking some trash home, said he needed food for his robot...
Lftndbt (author)  Chicken22095 years ago
Those robots get hungry you know!
that they do
well, if you looked at my projects, you can see all my materials i use! eg gmjboard
Lftndbt (author)  gmjhowe5 years ago
I ask my co-workers to save the tubes and card for me. LoL
Lftndbt (author)  gmjhowe5 years ago
I must say though the LeD was a lil' bright for my tastes. They next one I might step down the voltage a tad. Yes I think we will see the "sanding" technique comes heavily into play during this contest. It some how removes the "bottle" aspect and creates more of an object. If you get what I mean.
kelseymh5 years ago
Great idea, and very nice presentation with lots of detail. This is a nice simple version that is well suited to beginners actually following! Something more complex, e.g., with a few colored LEDs and a simple RC network for color changing (no Arduino :-) would probably be quite striking. One small request; please use your favorite spelling and grammar checker on the text :-) There are a few "going too fast" typos that deserve to be fixed.
Lftndbt (author)  kelseymh5 years ago
Hmmm, just my mistake are too confusing for the i'bles spell check. Sorry i will have to re-read it again.
No problem. It's a really well put together project :-)