The basic idea for this is instructable is to make a lamp out of simple hardware and recycled materials that can be controlled by touching the metal base. I've been sitting on this idea for a while now, but seeing the Lamps and Lighting contest gave me the final push to actually make this idea a reality. Another great feature was that the entire lamp, minus the microprocessor, was made from items at Home Depot.

Lucky for me, I recently joined the Alamance Makers Guild. There, I met Danny, a computer whiz with a knack for Arduino. With his programming and circuitry skills and my ability to operate power tools, we were able to finish this project and hopefully get our Makers group known. We're also hoping to win some tools for the Maker Space we plan to build.

A special thanks to Roshenac, for her ible: Touch Sensitive Audio Desk Trays- Arduino https://www.instructables.com/id/Desk-trays/

We used the Arduino code from the trays as the start for our own code.

Step 1: Lamp Segments

The simplest way I could think to do this instructable was by segments of the lamp. Each segment is unique and independent. You can use an entirely different light enclosure, lamp base, or micro-controller, but the concept stays the same. This is a touch lamp made from simple hardware and micro-controllers.

Each section lists the materials and hardware used to make the part and the detailed instructions are put as notes in the accompanying pictures.

Total cost: $71.00 (if you aren't recycling or have an extra Arduino lying around)

<p>Really nice project and ideia! I definitely do It! But can you say what components you used in the Arduino to make the capacitive sensor?</p><p>Thanks!</p>
<p>Unfortunately I don't know what components were used on the board aside from what can be deduced from the picture. We were in a hurry to finish this project for the Lamps and Lighting contest so my partner did the whole circuit and we forgot to make a circuit diagram. Sorry about that.</p>
<p>Sorry, your program is not working ! Please look at the attach..</p>
niceee! ill try using this for my lamp project!
<p>This is really cool</p>
<p>Great work! For variable capacitance sensing, have you tried looking into working with e-textiles?</p>
<p>Thank you. I haven't dabbled in e-textiles yet, but that is a great idea. I'll see if I can find a solution from an e-textiles project.</p>
<p>Very cool!</p>

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Bio: Mechanical engineer, alumnus Colorado State University, member of Alamance Makers Guild, and now Ember team member at Autodesk.
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