I was buying parts to add lighting to a Lego model when I found this by accident. It worked so well that I thought I'd share.
Parts & Tools:
- Lamp from Radio Shack
- Lego bricks!
- Fingernail clippers
- Soldering Iron (the soldering in this project is very simple)
- Small Phillips screwdriver
- Small wire cutter and stripper
- Glue gun or other glue
- Electricity: This project runs on 5 volts, and the wall adapter is pretty standard. The actual lighting element uses a higher voltage, so don't touch it (or any wires) while the lamp has power.
- Heat: The place where the wires meet the light gets a little hot to the touch, but not enough to melt plastic.
Step 1: Get the lamp
Note: If the link doesn't work, then this product may no longer be available. Here's the info, so you can try to locate one:
USB Desktop Lamp
Model: 61-126 | Catalog #: 61-126
- Lamp tube: cold cathode fluorescent tube 1x8.5cm U-shape
- Long usage life for around 15,000 10,000 hrs
- Powered by USB or AC adapter
- Desk lamp
- USB cable
- AC adapter
Step 2: Take apart the base
2. Remove the screws exposed by the LRF removal.
3. Open the case.
C. If you have a cat, watch her. Don't let her steal or eat any small parts.
5. Look at the nearest human and say "All your base are belong to us."