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Light Up Ghosts

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This is an instructable on how to create LED powered ghosts for Halloween decorations. I came up with this idea while decorating our front yard for Halloween and I thought how great it would be to have little ghosts that lit up. These are powered with an old ATX power supply using the 12V signal.
 
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Step 1: Gather the Materials

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3 LEDs - I decided on 3 LED's in parallel, the ones I had are 3mm, 10000mcd with a water clear lens (which I will sand to help diffuse the light).

150 Ohm Resistor - This value depends on the LEDs you are using, your power supply and what's available at your local store.

Christmas Ornament - Used to form the head of the ghost. I found these at Hobby Lobby, these are opaque to help diffuse the light.

White cloth - Used to cover the ornament to create the ghost.

1/4" square wooden dowels - these are used to create the skeleton of the ghosts. It will hold the LED and the ornament.

Glue. (Yellow wood glue for the dowel, hot glue for the ghost assembly)

Soldering equipment (Soldering iron, solder, helping hands, etc)

Power supply - I'm using an old ATX power supply but you can use whatever you have available.

Some copper wiring.

Wire Strippers/cutters.

Knife/Saw - To cut the wooden dowels.

Heat shrink tubing (Optional)

Breadboard for testing the circuit (optional)

Step 2: Assemble the circuit

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Connect the 3 LEDs together in parellel, matching the anode and cathode legs together.

Then add the resistor to the anode leg.

Next, add a segment of copper wire to the resistors and another segment of copper wire to the cathode leg.

Finally, heat shrink your soldering to help protect it from the elements.
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soohan (author)  theresemontana5 years ago
I don't know what you are saying, try using spellcheck.
sound great but fore1dollar i coud make one
soohan (author)  theresemontana5 years ago
Good for you. Where's your instructable?
I think this idea is great. I'm kinda new with LED lights so I will make a circut with a toggle switch with the light inside a ping pong ball(Head) cover with kleenex and a rubber band. Your idea is WAY better though.
soohan (author)  bassclarinet235 years ago
Thanks for your comment, I had originally thought of using a ping pong ball but they didn't seem large enough. Good Luck!
I'm probably just going to put them in the window, so they don't have to be so big.
SC6 years ago
Yadda, Yadda, Yadda ........... Why NOT put the exact Circuit / Wiring Diagram for the NOT-SO-CLEVER regarding soldering of the LEDs, Resistor and the Power Source [ Battery ] Terminals. Interesting project but nurny, nurny, noor noor .....without the Circuit / Wiring Diagram. Please, please, .........ADD the same.
soohan (author)  SC6 years ago
Thanks for the comments, I have added a circuit diagram.