Hey everyone! This is my first Instructable so the steps will have a few missing parts. I tend to build first then use camera... Future builds I will try to take photos of each step. If you have any questions just comment below.
As for the components, I get them overseas from Hong Kong and China using https://geek.wish.com/ they also have an app called Geek. Everything is marked down in prices which brings my projects way down in cost. As far as quality, I haven't had a problem yet.
Anyways enjoy my Simple Multi Color LED Remote Control Light. =)
Step 1: Components
Here are the components I got from Geek.
- Cable Connectors 10 pieces for $2
- LED light with remote (accidentally ordered GU10, not the E27 which actually made it easier to disassemble it) This was $4
- USB Cable (any kind since you are cutting the end off) $1 at dollar store
Step 2: Tools
- Wire strippers
- Wire cutter
- Red and black wire
- Heat shrinks (great deal of 127 different sizes for $4)
- And a Lighter
- Paint is optional (I painted it for a Steampunk lamp)
Step 3: Cut and Heat Shrink USB
Sorry, missing this step, pretty simple though
Snip the end off the USB cable.
Strip the end so that the red and black wires are showing.
Strip those so the wires stick out.
Cut off the 2 other wires. (green and white)
- Heat shrink the cable so it seals where the wires meet.
- Pretty much that's it.
Step 4: Need Stronger Wires
USB cables have thin wires and it's pretty difficult to splice them with anything. So with this step you need to splice thicker wires with the USB wires.
- Cut 2 wires from your spools.
- Strip both end.
There are many ways to splice wires like this but I prefer this way.
- Put both wires from the USB and the wires you just cut.
- Twist them together a few times.
- Bend them back to they are straight.
- Slide some heat shrink over the wires.
- Use the lighter to shrink the tube to ensure a strong hold.
- Repeat for the red wire.
Step 5: More Heat Shrink
I always like to add more heat shrink to strengthen the bond
- Put a large enough heat shrink over the cable.
- Use the lighter again to make it secure.
Step 6: Missing Step
I had disassembled the light, pretty easy to do. I'll try to remember the steps I took to remove the bottom part of the light.
- Use a pliers and a wire cutter to break away the plastic.
- I think there were screws holding it together, so if there is, unscrew them.
- The pieces should be able to be taken apart.
- Again the wires were pretty thin so I ended up having to solder the thicker wires to it, VERY carefully by the way)
Step 7: Last Step
Connect the wires of the LED to the USB wires.
And you're done!
Now you can mount it anywhere close to a USB port.
For the actual project my brother and I made a Steampunk lamp with intake manifolds from a lawnmower.