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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

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

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Step 1: Lamp Segments

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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)

Step 2: Arduino and Circuit

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The code for the board is provided as a .txt. I would post it in this section, but I had trouble with the formatting.

The capacitive sensing library can be found here: Arduino Playground

eduman4 months ago

Sorry, your program is not working ! Please look at the attach..

jayeshshinai9 months ago
niceee! ill try using this for my lamp project!
Constructed9 months ago

This is really cool

audreyobscura9 months ago

Great work! For variable capacitance sensing, have you tried looking into working with e-textiles?

Porda (author)  audreyobscura9 months ago

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.

Very cool!