RGB Moodlight

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Introduction: RGB Moodlight

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:


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.

Step 2: The Fishbowl

Now you can glue the bowl thing on the piece of rain pipe and let it dry for 24 hours. Meanwhile you can build the pcb, if you haven't already.

Step 3: Glueing It Together

After doing that, you can glue the pcb in the pipe using a hot glue gun. Like this:

Step 4: Rectification

Time to make a small rectifier to rectify the power coming out of your transformer (which you will build in later). I used a bridge rectifier and a capacitor to make a a nice little compact rectifier. As seen below.

Connect the rectifier to a suitable transformer and connect the output of the rectifier to the pcb.

Step 5: The Control Panel

Cut one of the two wires coming from the rectifier and insert a switch between the wires. Drill holes for the two buttons (The mode button and the power switch) and connect everything.

Step 6: Done!

And when it's ready it should look like this :

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Cool idea man, I am in the process of building one similar to yours! :)

Looks like a PS3 move

right like the controls for move

why do u need the rain pipe for

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

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.

This is possible, as long as you don't overload the transistors (if used)

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.