Introduction: Simple IKEA Ledberg Computer Ambilight

Yey, my First Instructable :D

In this Instructable I will show you how to build a simple warm-white Ambilight from the IKEA Ledberg LED-Strips.

At first the Materials:

1x IKEA Ledberg (3 LED Strips + Power Supply)
Some Wire
Solder
Double Sided Adhesive Tape


Tools:

Small Drill bit (2mm oder smaller)
Something to use the Drill (Dremel, Drillpress, Cordless Drill)
Soldering Iron
3rd Hand (Optional)
Diagonal Pliers
Wire Stripper
Voltmeter (optional)


Step 1: Get Rid of the Housing

The Ledberg LED Strips are designed to  create one big Strip by just sticking them together.
But we want to have 3 single Strips with 2 90° Angles in between (Right, Top and Left)
In order of achieving this we need to get Rid of the Housing. 

Use the Drillbit and your Drill to push the little securing pin into the Housing.
You don't need to drill! Just push it!
You need to to that 3 times as we have 3 Strips with one Pin each.

After removing the Pin you can just ull the strip out of the Housing.

Step 2: Desolder LED Strip Plug

Desolder the Plugs from the Strip as shown above.

Step 3: Strip Down Power Supply Plug

Remove the housing of the power supply plug.

It's very easy to open.
After opening it, peel the cable out of the "maze" and push the plug housing back as shown above.

Step 4: Solder It!

Now just desolder the wire from the plug and solder it to the first strip


Step 5: Connect All 3 Stripes

First solder your wire to the end of the First strip,
then calculate the needed lenght of the wire depending on your monitor and solder it to the 2nd strip.
Attention to the Polarity!

now repeat it for the 3rd strip

finally attach the stripes to the monitor with some double sided adhesive tape

Step 6: Finished

And all done!

Comments

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Eclipse TV Lights made it! (author)2013-09-19

Cool application of the IKEA dioders. That's actually how I got started, but we later found the need for better options that could do full RGB spectrum color changing. We designed an LED kit that does one better than the dioders. Simple "plug & play" design that doesn't need any soldering. I guess it all depends how much tinkering you want to do.

I uploaded some pics on a similar Instructables post about ambient TV lighting (https://www.instructables.com/id/TV-Dynamic-Ambient-Lighting/)

Let me know if you think our LED kits are a good idea or not.

Great post @ffarvre!

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pwillikers made it! (author)2012-01-14

Thanks for the tip. I just installed the lights under a counter with 45 degree angles by soldering flexible leads just as you did Excellent.

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dennisjudd made it! (author)2011-09-26

cool, so how are you liking it so far?

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ffavre made it! (author)ffavre2011-09-26

they are very nice :D
now i can turn off the ceiling light while gaming without recieving eye strain :)

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Razanur made it! (author)2011-09-09

Now, u only need a software plus interface to control the brightness correspondent to what is shown on the screen.
Nice one. But I'd like even more to see an instructable 'bout ur t4e-sign ;D

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ffavre made it! (author)ffavre2011-09-09

that's why i call it "simple" :D
it's just on oder off^^
but even that helps to prevent eye strain :)

The LED sign tutourial will come if i build another one!