Introduction: RGB Led Lamp With IR Control

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Create a wonderful lamp which can change color with a RGB Led strip and a controller.

The lamp comes from IKEA and cost 15 Euro, I simply removed the lamp holder from it
and feed the cable from the controller through the hole at the bottom of the "vase".

The RGB Strips can be found on e-bay.
The strips are sold in ribbons 5 meters long and you can buy pieces as short as 10 centimeters.
It cost around 20-25 euro per meter.
I've used a piece of 60 centimeters.
With this lenght you can create a nice ambience but the light is too dim to read a book.
It take at least a couple of meters to have sufficient light to read.
I glued the ribbon with cyanoacrilic inside the lamp in a spiral shape.

On e-bay you can find also the controller, it cost around 15-20 Euro and it works with infrared.
The controller has a set of 16 predefined colors and 4 cycling patterns.
The controller must be powered with a 12V  power supply, and it need around 0,6A per meter.
I used a standard wall wart to power it.

The effect on my night table is fantastic and is very handy to have a wireless switch near to me when I wake in the night and need a dim light to drive my steps.
:-)
Enjoy

Giuliano

Comments

vockica1983 (author)2011-02-17

Hello! This really great. But I have to ask you something. Do I need transformer for this?

Hi!
Yes, you need an "ac adapter" able to give an adeguate amount of current.
In my case it was sufficient 0,6 A, it depends by the lenght of the led strip.

bendog38 (author)2011-04-16

the heck is a wall wart???

The EU must be a strange place. All hail America!

clear_bystander (author)bendog382011-04-18

eh eh eh :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_adapter

Lately "all hail Europe also...."


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