Sometimes its the simple projects that are more interesting. I have been wanting to make an led keyboard light for quite sometime but just didnt know what I wanted exactly. There are tons of DIY keyboard lights all over this website and while some are great I just didnt find any that was my style. Eventualy I came up with this idea. A lightbulb! just hollow it out and place an led inside of it! So simple it makes me smile. The light bulb is really unique and interesting. The title may have mislead you a little bit :p I know running an actual light bulb off of 5 volts at whatever mah would be very hard. Now running one 10mm super bright white led would be really easy. This entire project requires very little time, parts and money. In the picture The light bulb doesnt appear to be all that bright but it does light up my entire keyboard. just cant see it in the photo.
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Step 1: Things Needed/ What I Used (no Picture)
One 10mm white led
One 220 ohm resistor
long enough male usb cable
sharb utility knife
OTHER things I used
A radio antenna for the mount
Step 2: The Light Bulb
Use a sharp utility knife and cut into the metal thread. Cut around the thread until you cut it off. Once its off tak a flat head screw driver and break the glass part inside of it. Be careful when doing this. Once it is broken carefuly remove everything from the inside. use needle nose pliers to remove the wires and filament. Once The bulb is completly hollow wash it out and let it dry for a few hours. some light bulbs contain a powder coating. the powder used to coat it is considered safe. However I treat it as if it isnt safe. Just like you should treat every gun as if its loaded. Better safe than sorry.
Step 3: The Led
Strip your usb cable and solder one lead of the resistor to the cables positive wire (normally red) then solder the other end of the resistor to the positive lead of the led. then solder the negative connections together. insulate and continue.
Step 4: Led Meet Light Bulb. Light Bulb Meet Led.
Step 5: Mounting It
The antenna allows me to adjust the height of the light so win :)
Step 6: Done!
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