Introduction: Super Easy Led Lamp

A Led lamp that you can make in just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Supplies

Supplies

9 volt battery snap

9 volt battery

3 colored LEDs (I used blue)

1 glass jar

paper

tape (clear is best)

Step 2: Step 1

Solder the leds together in series (the positive lead connected to a negative on a different LED and so on). Next solder the ends of the LEDs to the ends of the battery snap (make sure you put negative with negative etc.)(the red wire is positive). Then just tape the leds to the battery (point the LEDs different ways so they spread the light better) it should then look like this.

Step 3: Step 2

line the inside of the jar with paper to help diffuse the light (you can also attack the LEDs with sandpaper) (supposedly that works) it should then look something like this.

Step 4: Step 4

snap the Leds to the battery sit the whole bundle in the middle of the jar, sit back and bask in the awesome glowing light.

Comments

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holymoses made it!(author)2015-07-18

"You must be putting way too many volts through your LEDs if your getting hot leds."

The question is:

"What does hot mean?!"

Hot enough to start a fire!

3.7V can already heat up a LED, but I guess this is what you call "warm"!

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spylock made it!(author)2013-02-27

I like.

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triumphman made it!(author)2012-05-28

Adding the proper resistor will lengthen the life of the LED. Just FYI

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djnikosburn made it!(author)2011-10-13

Its very nicely but its not dangerous the paper in there with the heat from the leds?

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2011-10-13

If your getting enough heat from your LEDs to do anything at all, then you have bigger problems than that. You must be putting way too many volts through your LEDs if your getting hot leds.

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djnikosburn made it!(author)2011-10-13

yeah i know but i like to thinking all of those things coz happening bad things some times from china leds -.- :D

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wwdd00 made it!(author)2011-02-11

Something else that may work instead of lining it with paper or scratching the LED's is using frosting spray paint. On a similar project (Sun Jars... http://snipsly.com/2010/07/15/my-take-on-the-sun-jar/).

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techchick made it!(author)2011-01-14

i'm looking to do something similar. would anyone happen to know how to also connect a type of switch to the battery to turn the light off and on?

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2011-01-14

IT would be best to get a toggle switch from radioshack or somewhere.
Clip one of the leads from the battery in the middle, run one end into a lead on the switch, solder it there, and do the same with the other end. When your at radishack ask one of the guys there, they can usually help.

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techchick made it!(author)2011-01-14

Hmmm sounds like what I need....until I have improvised a little with no wiring at all. :)

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farzadbayan made it!(author)2010-07-30

Nice and easy

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atombomb1945 made it!(author)2008-11-26

You can also sand paper the jar itself to give it a diffused look.

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mikiao made it!(author)2010-04-14

Glue white tissue paper to the outside of the jar...that will diffuse the light too without changing the colour too much.

I did that to a solar powered version of this that i made...works nicely for my nephew's night light.

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Imptheshrimp made it!(author)2008-12-14

does it work?

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2008-12-15

does what work?

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Imptheshrimp made it!(author)2008-12-15

sandpapering the jar

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2008-12-19

I dont know yet mom wont let me ruin one of her jars.

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RiddleOfSphinx made it!(author)2009-02-08

Or maybe you could use a piece of transparency or cut up a clear pop bottle ? I don't think your mom would mind if you sanded an empty cut up pop bottle ; ) Plus I guess you could make it removable that way as well : )

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flio191 made it!(author)2009-08-16

haha, thrift store, anyone?

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Imptheshrimp made it!(author)2008-12-19

lulz, i know wut that's like ;)

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bFusion made it!(author)2009-06-15

I would recommend against sandpapering the jar simply because you'd be putting a bunch of glass dust into the air if it worked. You can buy spray cans from art supply stores that "fog" the glass and make it look the way you're thinking. I feel that would be a bit safer.

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2008-11-26

That is definetly a good idea, just make sure that you do wet sanding so that you don't get all that glass dust everywhere. try and let me know how it works.

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danieltricolor made it!(author)2010-04-08

great¡¡¡

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danieltricolor made it!(author)2010-04-08

This is pretty easy. probably im gonna trie it

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AntonioMDC made it!(author)2009-02-08

instead of trying to sand that mason jar here are a couple of suggestions: first snag a wide mouth jar (like PB or mayo) from the trash or recycling, consider the lid the base and the jar the shade. no need to rule out plastic, it would be much easier to sand, but I think you could get much nicer effects with some other techniques (see below) and since it is junk you can probably do anything (safe) with it that you want and no one will object. paint a diffusing effect inside the jar: this could be as simple as soap; or the snow paint they sell for holiday window decorating; or white glue (preferably one that bonds glass) mixed with flour, or food colour, or sand, or glitter; or buy simulated etching paint (most craft stores.) of course you could get get actual etching supplies (use on glass only) and do the inside or outside of the jar, but that has its hazards. you could also try translucent paints made for glass or plastic, they come in those kits to make fake stained glass sun catchers, but a good craft store should also sell them a la carte. this could be as simple as swirling the inside of the jar with a splash of one or two colours, or painting a very involved design. other ways to do the stained glass effect would be: permanent markers (use a very large jar or work on the outside and, again, handle with care;) a collage of coloured cellophane, photo gels, tissue/crepe paper, plastic scraps, etc., anything translucent, glued to the jar, inside for greatest durability but outside would work if you seal it all over with a couple of top coats; a mosaic of glass tiles (that is probably the most expensive suggestion.)

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Supercoke made it!(author)2008-12-05

hi i subscribed you so now we are freinds..................................................forever.......

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2008-12-05

forever? that sounds scary. lol

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Supercoke made it!(author)2008-12-08

yes, yes it is.

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2008-12-09

since I just joined like a few weeks ago and i dont know much about this type stuff just what does you subscribing to me mean?

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RiddleOfSphinx made it!(author)2009-02-08

Actually, I believe it means whenever you post an ible, then the people who subscribed to you get notification of said ible.

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Supercoke made it!(author)2008-12-10

well i thingk it refers to being freinds , like on myspace

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2008-12-10

I know nothing bout myspace, my folks dont let me (not that i really want to anyways)

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Supercoke made it!(author)2009-01-04

oh. ok.

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Zippy_Pyromaniac made it!(author)2009-01-19

Just curious, do you know the specs of the LEDs you used?

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2009-01-20

it should work fine, are your LEDs for 3 volts? because if they are it should work. hmm? (wondering deeply)

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Zippy_Pyromaniac made it!(author)2009-01-20

I dont think they are..... maybe like avg FW is 3.6?

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Zippy_Pyromaniac made it!(author)2009-01-20

I dunno I lost the label

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Zippy_Pyromaniac made it!(author)2009-01-19

Hmm. I tried with no resisters and it killed a LED! You are a murderer! (points finger at electrician) I added a new LED, used LED calc in series, added a 100 Ohm Resistor, And now it works like awesome thing. Yay!

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Zippy_Pyromaniac made it!(author)2009-01-19

No resistors?

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2009-01-19

none, thats why I did it in a series circuit, as opposed to a parellel circuit.

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jafrance made it!(author)2008-12-24

How long will the 3 LED's run on a single 9V battery?

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2008-12-24

several days straight at least.

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jafrance made it!(author)2008-12-24

How do you figure this mathematically?

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2008-12-30

what do you mean?

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jafrance made it!(author)2008-12-30

Im wanting to know if there is a formula that is used to figure out battery life based on the number of LEDs, the forward voltage, the voltage of the battery....that kind of thing.

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2008-12-31

I have never heard of something like that.

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