Introduction: SteamPunked USB LED Desklight With Clock

Picture of SteamPunked  USB LED Desklight With Clock

Inspired by other members.
Made from VCR Parts and super brite LED's .
And now this is finished with new switch 


DrHoule86 (author)2013-10-05

Opps I meant to ask about what is surrounding the light source the "tube" and what is the white thing inside the tube? I am doing my best to make a light similar to yours and I have never seen such a awesome implication of lighting in a desk lamp before. One more question do you have the LEDs facing each other on opposite sides. Or are they just next to each other?

DrHoule86 (author)2013-10-03

Wow all i can say is WOW. This is amazing. What did you use for the light source? It looks so interesting and I can't figure out what it is...

Thank you DrHoule
It pleases me to know that like my desk light. The light source is 2 super bright clear LED's out of a 1.00 store LED flashlight.

Grasshopper1221 (author)2013-08-17

Hello Jackslack!
Thank you I am pleased you like it, Alas I did not do a step by step for this project. However it is fairly simple to make if you have the parts needed. I would be happy to assist anyone wanting to make this.

jackslack (author)2013-08-17

Hey this is amazing!! How did you make this? Is there a link? Or instructions?

Winged Fist (author)2012-03-21

I love this clock/lamp! It's got a great look to it... But I certainly wouldn't take it on a plane;-) Just one thing... I did find myself wanting to reach through my computer screen, and add one of my Steampunk USB cables!;-)

BrefelanDesigns (author)2011-12-09

Nicely done... I love stepper motors... they have a beautiful design usually of the coils... anyways I was wanting to point out (before the arguments start) that from a purist's point of view this isn't what they would consider steampunk .... rather it's more Teslapunk (or even Edisonpunk *shudder*) in that it uses electricity instead of steam... or at least looks like it runs on steam.... Personally I have my own blend of what I consider "steampunk" which is a blend of electricity, clockwork, steam, and magical/ alchemical energy sources and contraptions... all while looking as if it could easily fit into the 1800's to early 1990's.....

Anyways love the overall design though I would change your power switch into either a rotary type switch, a pull chain type, or for a more mad scientist look a scary looking knife switch (low voltage controls relay to control higher voltage if need be)

(To make a decent rotary knob Horatius.Steam has a nice idea...

I tend to like either the pull-type switches (think ceiling fan switch) or a knife/wiper type switch... though if I were needing a pulsed signal (like in majority of modern electronics) I would probably use a standard momentary switch capped with a button or something along those lines... though if it was to be displayed (or used often/repeatedly) I might lean towards a telegraph (styled) key....

Anyways I do apologize for the rather lengthy comment... but hopefully out of my long-winded comment you got some ideas..... I know you your project gave me some ideas!

Happy Making!

~DJ Electfire~
(amongst many names)

Fresh coat of black paint and new switch hope you all like it! thanks for the many views!!

Nicely done! The new switch looks better! Oh and I found a instructable on how to make your own knife type switches... I thought I would share with you.... (From author Random_Canadian)
His is pretty big, though it is easily scalable!

Anyways, happy making... and (tis' the season)


Thank you I am glad you liked it. and yes I do agree it is not steampunk but steampunk inspired I saw some very neat things that are steam punk and it went from there. and again I agree it does need a better switch... unfortunately its what I had at the time laying around but never fear grashopper is here and I am currently building a new switch possibly new base as well and will post new photo's soon as possible.

I enjoyed your comment and suggestions and you did give me a few idea's for the switch :)

more stuff comming soon!!

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