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A couple of days ago I was surfing the internet and found out that we could power any gadget with a power of 5V and 100mA(500mA on some special conditions) by connecting it to a USB port, so I thought that I would make a beginners instructable which will teach anyone how to make this cool night lamp!

I figured out that the total cost of the project was about 2.5$ because its a reuse project!(I reused a milk carton and turned it into this instructables robot night lamp, if you see carefully you will notice that the robot is the Go-Green Instructables Robot!

Here is a video of the finished project!
I even used multi color LEDs and it looked great!


This is a fantastic song(My 2nd favorite song)

Ok so lets get started...
 
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Step 1: Gathering the materials

Picture of Gathering the materials
So the materials are:

1 Milk Carton
2 LEDs(Any color is all right but I used blue)
1 USB cable
Any sharp object(Eg a pin)

Some tools that would help but not necessary are:

Pliers
A Thumb Pin
Soldering iron
Solder
Heat sink
Duct tape
Wire strippers

Here are some links where you can buy the stuff:

LEDs:
http://cgi.ebay.com/10-5mm-2-Pins-Round-Blue-LED-Light-Emitting-Diode-Lamp-/130532589412?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e64593f64

USB cable:
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-3-5mm-USB-Data-Cord-Cable-PC-L-iPod-shuffle-/310278428704?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item483e091820

Alternative USB cable:
http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-POWER-CHARGER-CABLE-CORD-Nintendo-NDSi-DSi-/280705507081?pt=Video_Games_Accessories&hash=item415b5a1f09

Another Alternative for USB cable:
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-USB-2-0-MALE-AM-M-FEMALE-F-EXTENSION-CABLE-/280705522635?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item415b5a5bcb

You can get a milk carton from any local supermarket!

Pliers:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Hardened-4-5-Mini-Light-Flat-Needle-Sharp-Nose-Plier-/200590562830?pt=AU_Jewellery_Boxes_Supplies&hash=item2eb421160e

Soldering Iron and Solder:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Electric-Welding-Soldering-Iron-Tool-30-Watt-30W-110V-/300568506739?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45fb477173

Heat Shrink Tubing:
http://cgi.ebay.com/0-8mm-Black-Heat-Shrinkable-Tube-Shrink-Tubing-1m-/200626750549?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb6494455

Wire Strippers:
http://cgi.ebay.com/KLEIN-1010-WIRE-STRIPPER-CUTTER-w-SCREW-SHEARING-NEW-/400202780314?pt=BI_Electrical_Equipment_Tools&hash=item5d2df1ce9a

Here are shome links that will help you learn:

LEDs:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-emitting_diode(It shows you how to wire LEDs up etc
USB :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB(It tells you about USB and what inside etc)

Step 2: Electronics(Assembling the USB LED Lamp)


So the electronic part of this whole project is pretty simple!
To start off we will need to cut the USB cable to the opposite end of the USB connector, so that we are left with a USB connector that fits into your PCs USB port and a wire coming from it!

This part is the most confusing part and many people ruin their cable at this step....so....be careful!

When you strip the outer coating off the USB cable there will be 4 wires sticking out from it...
+5V
Gnd
TX
(I think but I'm not sure)
RX(I think but I'm not sure)

So what you need to do is cut the TX and RX wires out and only leave the 5V and Gnd wires, then with a wire strippers you will need to strip the plastic coating of about 2 cm for those two wires.

Then all you have to do is connect the LEDs
There will be 2 leads sticking out of the LED one will be long and it is the anode and the short one is the cathode.A resistor gets attached to the LED on the anode(Resistors are not polarized so it does not matter which way you connect them)
The resistors value depends on the LED, my LED didn't need a resistor at all!
You can go to this website in order to know a resistors resistance:http://www.dannyg.com/examples/res2/resistor.htm

Okay so you attach the side with the resistor(The anode) to the +5V wire sticking out of the USB cable and the cathode to the Gnd
Usually in most USBs the colors for the +5 and Gnd are:

+5V is usually Red and sometimes Orange(Mine was red)
Gnd is usually Black or Brown(Mine was brown)
TX is usually Green or blue(Mine was blue)
RX is usually White or Yellow(Mine was yellow)

After connecting them you can either just twist the wires together and add a heat shrink or you can solder them and then add a heat shrink, I don't have a soldering iron so I just twisted the wires together and put heat shrink on, and then after that used black duct tape to cover the whole thing up as my heat shrink was blue and looked bad as the rest of the wire was black!

One last thing-I sanded the LEDs to diffuse them so that they shine brighter!You can do the same as the LEDs we buy are usually water clear LEDs(You can see the difference in some of the pictures)(As I used 1 diffused and 1 Water clear LED for my project)

Step 3: The Shelter(To put on the USB LEDs)

I decided to make the shelter out of a milk carton because I wanted to reuse something and this was my first choice!

So the first step was printing out an instructables robot on an A4 piece of paper, I printed out the “Go Green Robot” since its reusing an old milk carton that would have been thrown away, you could draw the picture on an A4 piece of paper, but I’m not good at drawing so I printed out the template.

The next step was to stick the template on the milk carton, I used duct tape to hold the template on the carton, then I used a thumb pin to make holes alongside the robot as shown in the pictures, and then after making all the holes, I removed the template and cleaned the carton from inside, then I gave it a coat of black spray paint because it looked good when blue light was shining in from black, with this finished I was done, now all I had to do was stick the LEDs in there, so I used some double sided tape to stick them at the best angle so that they shined the most as possible!

What I could also have done was to attach multicolor LEDs which would look way better because they keep changing colors!
And when I was done with the project...my last step was to connect it and see if it worked!

And as I connected it the night lamp turned on and it looked mind-blowing!

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Step 4: Photo and Video Gallery


These are some photos I took of my finished project!
Sorry about some pictures as they are blurry :(

I was arranging the white LEDs in different angles and places to figure out which was the best one and finally found out that blue LEDs were better so I made another USB powered set of blue LEDs and attached those to the lamp instead of white LEDs!
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maixy3 years ago
maybe you can use kind of paper which can give out the light itself
Good Luck to you!
Yeah, good luck!
vishalapr (author)  cloudifornia3 years ago
Thx
kylekosan234 years ago
awesome
vishalapr (author)  kylekosan234 years ago
Glad you think its awesome!
This is awesome, I am going to make one!
vishalapr (author)  zombies are annoying4 years ago
Cool! Don't forget to post pictures of it when you are done making it! And vote for it if you like it!
Thanks!
This is sooooo gonna win the USB contest and I will vote for it!
BLT Warrior4 years ago
This is great!
vishalapr (author)  BLT Warrior4 years ago
Glad you liked it!Please vote for it when the voting period of the USB contest starts!
O,Dont worry. I will.
vishalapr (author)  BLT Warrior4 years ago
Thanks again!
vishalapr (author) 4 years ago
I will be replacing the video with a much better video once I get the multi color LEDs I ordered!
keitha514 years ago
Coooollll!!I want one of those!
vishalapr (author)  keitha514 years ago
Glad you liked it!
I loved it, so cool.Gonna vote for u.
vishalapr (author)  keitha514 years ago
Thanks!
vishalapr (author)  keitha514 years ago
Please vote for it when the voting period for the USB contest starts!
DragonDon4 years ago
I'd love to vote but don't see any way to vote. How do you vote for your ible??
vishalapr (author)  DragonDon4 years ago
The votig period hasn't started for the USB contest yet!When it starts there will be a vote button on the top left of this page which u need to click to vote!Its simple!
keitha514 years ago
Coooollll!!I want one of those!
vishalapr (author)  keitha514 years ago
Its cheap and easy, so you can easily make one for yrself!
WOW! this is soooo cool Good job!

*Gives cookie*
vishalapr (author)  Verynicemice4 years ago
Thanks go to these links(My other ibles and rate and comment on them)
http://www.instructables.com/id/USB-Powered-Instructables-Robot-Night-Lamp/
and
http://www.instructables.com/id/Guitar-Hero-Keyboard/
wojonnala4 years ago
This is really really cool!Well done!
sunshiine4 years ago
Rated and will vote.
vishalapr (author)  sunshiine4 years ago
Thanks for rating!And thanks for the fact that you are going to vote!
vishalapr (author) 4 years ago
I will be making a set of multi color USB powered LEDs and then I'll add a video of that and some photos!
sooraj6194 years ago
nice work
vishalapr (author)  sooraj6194 years ago
Thanks!And please vote for it in the USB contest!
leeski4 years ago
This is a great project! the music goes nicely!
Good luck in the contest. What will be your next project?
vishalapr (author)  leeski4 years ago
Thanks a lot for the support!Maybe you could vote for this in the contest!That would be great!My next project is a robotic arm that I'm still making and will take some more time...
vishalapr (author) 4 years ago
I'm really happy that this instructable got featured!Thanks a lot instructables team!!!
Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
vishalapr (author)  sunshiine4 years ago
Glad you liked it!Please vote for this in the USB contest if you liked it!
It was destined to be featured!Very well done!!!
vishalapr (author)  CoolCoolCool4 years ago
Thanks for the compliment!Maybe you could throw a vote this way when the voting period for the USB contest starts!
xxx 12534 years ago
Wow superb!!! I see you and I both like Ebay now I have a use for milk jugs. ;) I will definitely be voting for you in the contest!!!
vishalapr (author)  xxx 12534 years ago
Thanks a lot!Glad you liked it!
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