In this instructable, I will show you how to make a USB light. plug into the USB and watch it glow...

For hours...

Sorry, the pictures are bad.

Everything you need is probably sitting in a dark corner in your garage. It will give you a reason to get out that old rusty soldering iron.

Any of this stuff can be pulled off other electronics so you don't have to buy anything.
and waste all that packaging
to just go to a landfill
and fill up

Step 1: Get Your things

The Tools:
Wire Cutters
Needle-nose Pliers
Glue (super glue is not good, It gets soaked up)
Belt Sander
Soldering Iron

The Supplies:
LED (Better if its high power, 3-3.5V)
Metal edge of a wooden ruler (or other small, flat conductor that bends)
Resistor (Also, depends on the type of LED) I used a 220 ohm, but it depends.
Masonite (or something that is similar) I used that hole board (because it's what I had)

You could recycle the LED from a flashlight or other thing that has not been working. All you need to do is to open it up and yank it out.
Same with the resistor.
its a good 'ible. i could adapt this so my lego plane usb drive lights up.
Dammit. I was going to say something that included "I'm not going to mention the Macro function on your camera 'cos someone always does". Having a macro function that doesn't seem to do much myself, what I do is set the camera to it's highest resolution, take at a distance where the focus is sharp, and then crop the image. Looks good, but the images don't show it well L
I did, the lens is sort of bad though. its old
The belt-sander image looks just fine, I don't think your camera likes close-ups? L
Mine doesn't either... L
try turning on 'macro' feature on your camera. it allows you to take close up pictures. search how to do it for your model

About This Instructable


8 favorites


More by leech223: USB LED Light
Add instructable to: