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.

Step 1: What You Will Need

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.
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.
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?
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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
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Yes it does add a certain charm to the plastic. thanks for your comment!
i posted a little glass light bottle a few days before this one...
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?
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?
Oh? &quot;By my calcs&quot; I meant I checked the publish date on your I'ble and it says -<br/><br/>Author:necropolian<br/>Joined:Jul 5, 2008<br/>Instructables:10<br/><br/>published: Dec 31, 2008<br/><br/>Guess I checked to fast.... I read your join date as published date....<br/><br/>It is a pity on the deadline issue as you <em><strong>could</strong></em> have entered in the contest too. I guess i'll just have to contend with the several other &quot;Bottle light&quot; I'bles.<br/><br/>Thanks for the rating, but you know you really should vote. ;)<br/>
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Lftndbt, <br/>I don't mean to get all <a rel="nofollow" href="http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/">stuff white people like</a> on you, but I think you mean &quot;Simple LED lamp,&quot; as <em>simplistic</em> implies Moronic, and this is anything but.<br/>M<br/>
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
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.
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.
Nice work.
Geez your quick!! Thankyou my friend, that is appreciated.
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.
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!
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...
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
I ask my co-workers to save the tubes and card for me. LoL
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.
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.
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 :-)

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