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This article describes how to make your own mains powered mood light (Also known as led washing light or rainbow light). It is a harmless device which, if used in the way it was meant, can do no harm to anyone. It can give your dark, damp, computerized room a nice glowing tint.

In action:


 
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Step 1: The PCB and other parts

What will you need:
  • A assembled PCB of the mood light, found here
  • A rain pipe
  • Some kind of light diffusing piece of plastic (i used a small plastic container thingy they give you when you get Chinese food (filled with sambal doh).
  • A big light diffusing bowl, of other fishbowl shaped object. or omit that and just let the light shine on your wall, as a projector.

First make sure you PCB looks something like the picture below.

As you can see i mounted a small PCB with three RGB LEDs at a angle of 90 degrees and mounted the sambalgizmo on that. In the original schematics you wont see it this way, it does require some improvisation. and of course you need to slightly modify the schematic for you led(s). but this should be no problem for a novice geek. As you can see on the pictures, I have already soldered a switch on the pcb and clipped on the power, this was pure for testing and have to be removed later. A tip for building: Test after every step you take, or else you will get really pissed and smash that damn thing against the wall, Really.. Believe me.

Jakob28031 year ago
Cool idea man, I am in the process of building one similar to yours! :)
jj.inc3 years ago
Looks like a PS3 move
right like the controls for move
lrodriguez32 years ago
why do u need the rain pipe for
Eric zheng4 years ago

A remote controller can be added to it for 10m away on,off and color changing control
 

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peterrus (author)  DELETED_dannydutton6 years ago
Well, in the second step you can find a link to a site where it is described in detail how to build the circuit that forms the heart of the whole device. I merely made an instuctable how to apply this device.

so, http://www.petesworld.demon.co.uk/homebrew/PIC/rgb/index.htm
peteg peterrus4 years ago
The code used in this project can now be found at http://picprojects.org.uk/projects/rgb/index.htm
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peterrus (author)  DELETED_dannydutton6 years ago
Well, Etching is not neccesairy, I didn't do it. I just soldered everything on a prototyping board (very cheap and full of holes) For the rectifier, You can just use everything, as long as the diodes support the current that will be going through them, For the capacitor, same story, take one of 1000uF to 2200uF
akatsuki6665 years ago
you guys are smart. can i hook up a rgb led in parralel with the different colors suck as: green to red , red to blue . and blue to green pls respond ty.
peterrus (author)  akatsuki6665 years ago
This is possible, as long as you don't overload the transistors (if used)
Goodhart6 years ago
It probably would be a good idea, if it flashes like the middle of the video shows, that anyone with epilepsy or suspects they have epilepsy, should probably avoid this. The slow fading shouldn't be a problem though.
i see im not the only one who uses striped CAT5 cable for wire :P
rectifier?
peterrus (author)  filthyanimal7 years ago
Yeah, it's a component that converts AC to DC
duh.... i don't get it.
AC is the kind of voltage you get from your wall outlets, it varies goes from around 120V to -120V (60 times per second if you live in America, in europe its different) DC is what electronics usually works with, its a constant voltage that has no frequency (it doesnt vary). A rectifier turns the negative part of the wave into a positive and the Capacitor smoothens the wave so you get a DC like thing it can also be made with diodes, (look for bridge rectifier on the web i cant explain everything here), he used a ready-made one, you can also get rectifiers like this one from burnt PC power supplies (if thats not burnt).
peterrus (author)  killrsheep6 years ago
Thanks for explaining that :) And indeed, the rectifier did just come out of an old PC-power supply.
peterrus (author)  filthyanimal7 years ago
You don't get what?
smegger7 years ago
Wickid light man! Probs could find all these components at my school and that, cool! Is there any way of making it have smooth gradients between each light rather than having to turn off then go fade back in?
peterrus (author)  smegger7 years ago
It does just that, as you can see in the movie. Also the original designer of the circuit board has a new version which is programmable. Thanks for the comment and show my pictures if you've built on to!
dannyboy7 years ago
I just discovered this site and this Instructable as well. Thanks for posting this! I'm going to use this project to light a color organ. Here's a video of a color organ DeLorean!
peterrus (author)  dannyboy7 years ago
I am not really sure how you are going to do this, but much succes and thanks alot for the comment!
.ShortY7 years ago
Very nice project my friend. The colors look really clear, and spread all over. It looks professional.
Wulfbait7 years ago
I don't see any link!
peterrus (author)  Wulfbait7 years ago
My bad, fixed that. Thanks for the comment!
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