Positivity Plant, 2014

The Positivity Plant explores the relationship between humans and plants by using wind to light LED’s in order to send a positive message.

Step 1: Materials

Materials needed:
Plant, copper tape, battery, 2 LED's, 1 resistor, conductive wire, and a soldering iron
(hot glue gun optional)

<p>You could use one AA battery to power a garden lamp LED chip that uses a coil to power 2 bright LED's. You could also use a garden light solar panel with this chip to charge the battery and keep it off until it is dark enough to see. Here's the chip:</p><p><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/131115025121?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2648#ht_272wt_922" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/131115025121?ssPageName=ST...</a></p><p>All of the parts you need come inside of a cheap solar garden lamp if you don't want to learn electronics. Connect the solar panel straight to one rechargeable AA battery and it will charge it without cutting off power to the LED's. Pin 1 of the 4 pin chip turns it off when the voltage is high on it.</p>
what kind of plant is this? i see these all the time
<p>Its a Bonsai Tree!</p>
<p>Bonsai is a technique/style/art. The tree is a ficus that's been lopped off.</p>
<p>What about watering?</p>
<p>For this plant in particular, the watering happens in the grassy section behind the rocks. So the wires go around it and don't come in contact with the water. There is also plastic covering over them so they should be fine even if they do touch water!</p>
<p>Um... Yeah, the <em>wire</em> is insulated, but the component leads don't appear to be covered. In fact, in the top pic of step 2, the LED leads are shorted (touching). Since one pic shows the sign illuminated, I assume you spread them out again, but insulating (with teflon tubing or heat shrink*) them would avoid the problem.<br><br>(* If you're on a budget, you can also strip some insulation from your wire and slide the insulation over the component leads. Probably won't work if your wire is small gauge like 22AWG or smaller.)</p>
<p>Yes you're right! This is my first time ever working with LED's and circuits so when I took the picture I didn't realize that them touching would mess it up and I had to push them apart. I was advised to use heat shrink on the LED's but I had a deadline so didn't have the time to add that on. That being said, the water doesn't go near the LED's at all so they should be fine as is!</p>
<p>You mean the moss where the battery hangs just below the rim of the pot containing the lopped off ficus? Seems a bit worrisome, and it might be good to recommend a fake plant since those can still move in the wind but won't require water or fertilizer or repotting. Just to be safe. If only because plants shed leaves and don't like pores being clogged. :)</p>

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