This is a great way to safe energy, because believe me turning off electronic equipment has never been so much fun (not just for kids). Especially if the socket is normally hard to reach.
Don't worry, if you don't know anything about electronics, as long as you know how to solder you are fine.
Take a look at the video, to see it in "action". As you can see, I've added a small switch at the bottom of the handle, which turns the sockets on and the trigger can be used to turn them off again. It has a range of about 100 ft.
Step 1: Stuff you need
ZapperWhat you need:
|•||Radio switch + remote control socket (I used this one, but it is only for European sockets. If you are looking for an US version, check out this one. I couldn't find an exact match, but taking a look at it, it might even be better, because you won't have to shorten it)|
|•||NES zapper (I found a broken one at a flea market, if you can't find one/ don't want to destroy a working one just use an other type of toy gun)|
|•||Sanding paper (high grid I used 1000)|
|•||Small push button switch|
|•||Flat diamond file|
|•||Hot glue gun|
LampWhat you need:
|•||Thick frame (I used "RIBBA" from Ikea, depending on what frame you use you might need spacers)|
|•||Green, white, black and orange vinyl|
|•||paque acrylic plate according to your frame size (If you don't want to buy it you can also use vellum behind the original glass)|
|•||Hot glue gun|
|•||(a cutting plotter is useful, but not necessary)|
|•||(depending on your LED strips you might need a soldering iron)|
|•||(certainly helpful are: a sticker squeegee and a spray bottle with soapy water)|
Step 2: Take everything apart
I decided to fit the remote into the barrel, because fitting it into the handle would have meant to get rid off a screw.
Unsolder the switch, that changes the channels and use the diamond file to make a small hole for it, as shown in the third and fourth picture. Make sure it fits and move on the the next step.
Step 3: Wiring
You can see the wiring in the third picture (click on the small "i" to see it in a higher resolution).
Carefully use the sand paper, to get rid of the protection coat on the pcb, where the wires go, but make sure not to damage the copper. Once your are done, test the function and put it back together.
Step 4: Lamp
I layered the image, starting with the white vinyl,as shown in the first two pictures. This prevents the light from shining through. Use soapy water, to place the image onto the glass.
I've uploaded my files, in case you would like to use the same image.
Step 5: Attach the LED strip
Simply glue the led strips with hot glue to the frame and spacers as shown in the pictures and wire every thing up (If you don't know, how to solder LED strips, check out this awesome instructable).
Congrats! You are done.
Step 6: BONUS: Mario Coin Block Lamp
What you need:
|•||Black and orange vinyl|
|•||Brown spray paint|
|•||Key Shaped LED Nightlight Button Lamp (e.g. here)|
|•||3 mm yellow acrylic, 3mm plywood|
|•||Laser cutter (or e.g. http://www.ponoko.com/)|
|•||A cutting plotter is helpful, but not necessary|
Start by carefully taking the key shaped lamp apart. I've uploaded the files, so that you can cut your own block. I used plywood for the bottom and the spacer (to safe money, but you can use acrylic as well). Spray paint the top brown and assemble the box, by carefully glueing the sides together.
I used a Dremel to grind away the plastic spacers from the bottom of the lamp as shown in the third picture, but a file should work as well. Glue the spacer to the lamp.
Cut the vinyl and stick it to the block. Now glue the lamp to the block and enjoy your new light.