I wanted to experiment with using different color LEDs, other than the standard RGB, to create multi-color effects in a functional lamp.

This lamp uses Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Purple, Aqua-Green, and Blue 5mm LEDs along with an upper and lower White 12v LED strip. Each of the colors and upper/lower LED strips are all individually controllable with 8-bit PWM. Using a 8 Channel LED controller v.3 with the MonoMotion Software, patterns are easily created and uploaded to utilize this custom configuration. A few patterns were made that cycles the various LED colors, or utilizes the white LED strips for functional light. More details on Step 5.

Created from an 8 Channel LED controller v.3, a broken solar garden light, a white plastic cup, a disc of MDF, and a plastic base from an old toy.

Step 1: Parts and Tools:

Electronic Parts:
  • 8 Channel LED Controller v.3 with MonoMotion Compatible Firmware(standard with the kit)
  • White LED Strip, 3528 style
  • 6 pcs each of 6 Colors of 5mm diffused LEDs, I chose: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Purple, Aqua-Green, Blue, The Store
  • Resistors 1 for each of the colors(mounted on the 8 Channel LED Controller PCB)
  • USB to Serial Adapter with 3-pin header connection wire

Lamp Parts:
  • Old Solar garden light with diffuser, found in garbage.
  • semi translucent white plastic cup, semi translucent HDPE purchased surplus
  • 3/4" PVC Pipe
  • 6" diameter x 0.5" thick partical board base
  • Plastic cylinder base, from an old toy
  • Electronics tools
  • Hack saw
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Drill, and bits various sizes
Do you have any substitute ideas for the old toy part? I really like the idea.
I could see using a upside down plastic bowl or tupperware.
awesome! Thank you!!!

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