Introduction: Simple Minimalistic Design Lamp

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Hello I'm Thomas Van den Langenbergh. I'm a Belgian design student and together with Pauline and Katrijn, we designed a minimalistic lamp. We will make it simple to construct a minimalistic lamp with wood and plexi (PMMA).

Step 1: Chose Wood.

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I chose American oak for the construction of the lamp. You can buy pieces of wood in your local wood store. The wood is planed, this is cheaper. Notice that wood will never look the same, the woodprint can be different.

Step 2: Make the Wood Part

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The instructables come with a full plan for making our lamp. Please, read this plan carefully. You can choose the method of making it. Notice that this is a vital part of the lamp so some experience with woodworking is needed.

Step 3: Connecting System

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This part will connect your lamp to a wall.

You will discover a laser file and 2D drawing from this part in the file above

You also need 2 pens with a diameter of 10 mm, you can buy this in your local DIY store.

Step 4: Bending PMMA (plexi)

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In this step we bend plexi to a radius of 750 mm. The machine is designed for bending plexi. In the link below you see how this machine was made. All user instructions for the machine can be found on the blog.

Note that the plexi is just 4mm thick. If you want that some parts in the plexi light up, you need to be aware of the fact that transculent plexi will not light up. You have to scour the edges with sand paper.

The design of the plexi lamp is can be very personal. So be creative! You also find a laserplan above.

Step 5: The Light Source

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A lamp without light is just an object. We need light ! You have to use small 3mm LEDs and a small resitance. Most shops will assist you in buying the leds and helping you with chosing the right resitance. After you find the components, you have to solder it together.

If you don't want to spent money on a transfo you can obtain for an old nokia adaptor. There is always someone in your neighbourhood who has an old crappy nokia or a adaptor.

Step 6: It All Comes Together ...

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In this step you have to slide te plexi into the woodpart. Make sure it stays in place! if it doesn't apply some tape on the surface.

Step 7: Let the Lights Burn

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Install the light into the wooden part. Again you can glue it or apply tape. Make sure it stays in place ! The Leds needs to be placed horizontally. Otherwise the light won't diffuse and the effect wil be minimal.

Step 8: Assembly

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In this step you slide the two components into place. Note that you first have to srew the connecting part to the wall.

Step 9: Check the Result of Your Work

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jcameron-1 (author)2014-12-18

awesome "lamp"! Can't wait to try it.

Quick question, above you mention, "In the link below you see how this machine was made. all instructions for using the machine can be found on the blog."...but I didn't see a link. Can you post one?

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ferjanyen (author)2014-12-18

Sorry, ment to say "or Batteries"

ferjanyen (author)2014-12-18

Nice project!! if you want to feed the LED with mains power put a diode 4001 with a 47K resistor (1Watt) in series with LED and save the transformer of batteries.

Good Luck and take care with mains power.

bobalph (author)2014-12-18

Great project. Thank you.

bchojnowski (author)2014-12-18

If you edge light the plexi, you can use this a material like this:

and the light will come out the face of the material

the discoverer (author)2014-12-18

good project

Umbra55 (author)2014-12-18

Awsome, looking forward to other design projects from you!

Doe zo voort

dewanm (author)2014-12-15

awesome wanna try

mde meester (author)2014-12-14


schabanow (author)2014-12-14

Awesome. +1

I wonder of aluminum L-shape bar with a one meter piece of LED-string (10W) sticked behind the vertical shelf of "L". Not a lamp, just luminaire - "lamp" is too pathetic for this I guess.

It's a great pity, but it isn't possible to long-bow L-shaped profile as you did with your I-shaped plexi.

Kimbones (author)2014-12-14

That is an awesome minimalistic light. I love it.

riccardo.folini.5 (author)2014-12-14

love it

human-ur (author)2016-10-21

where is the source of light?

noi1980 (author)2015-08-17

А размеры можно????. Спасибо

Alderin (author)2014-12-18

Very nice design!

The pictures in the dark made me think of a bow in the world of Tron, which made my mind wander to start re-creating Middle-Earth stories in a Tron setting.

Gandalf the Administrator stands on the bridge before the massive and vicious flaming Malwarg (malware balrog) and exclaims, "Access DENIED!", striking the bridge causing the conduit to de-rez. The Malwarg falls down into the eternal bit-bucket, but a final lash of its viral whip drags Gandalf down as well.

Um, yeah.

You've made a very nice lamp. The design could also be used for a cosplay virtual bow. Someone else mentioned adding some connected functionality with blinks, and I'll add to that idea: once you have a little intelligence behind the light, might as well use Neopixels for color options as well.

Thanks for the inspiration!

jelte1234 (author)Alderin2015-04-10

You should totally make that into a short story!!

For cosplay purposes the plexiglass might be too fragile? perhaps more expensive lexan would work better. (not an expert though)

puzzachameow (author)2014-12-30


jeanniel1 (author)2014-12-18

Really elegant design.

pointedspider (author)2014-12-18

This is really cool. I'll be making something similar! thanks!

ferjanyen (author)2014-12-18

Nice project, if you want to feed the LED with mains put a 4001 diode and a 47K resistor(1 Watt) with LED all in series but be carefull with mains power, all ways disconnect mains first, also a fuse in line would be a good idea, say 250 miliamps to protect the circuit! Good luck.

rbeck1 (author)2014-12-18

Nice, clean design and fairly simple to make. Good job!

Now if you hook it up to a Littlebits cloud bit and a switch, and use the IFTTT ( free cloud service you could make it an "intelligent communication device", it could turn on or blink when you got an email from someone specific, it could turn on automatically at sundown, etc. It could warn of approaching storms by having the IFTTT service check weather and send a signal to the lamp.

dewanm (author)2014-12-15

awesome wanna try

dewanm (author)2014-12-15

awesome wanna try

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