Wake-up light (no arduino)

Picture of Wake-up light (no arduino)
Hello instructables people,
Every morning when my alarm rings I have trouble getting out of bed.
(so I am always late)
To help me wake up I wanted to buy a wake-up light, it's supposed to help you wake up by giving the impression of a sunrise by getting brighter every minute after the alarm goes.
Unfortunately these are very expensive, that means building it myself.
My goal was to make a cheap and working wake-up light, without using my arduino for it, so I build this.

This is just a example, you are free to redesign and customize it to your preference.
This project will cost you €0 to €20 depending on which parts you have.

WARNING: You are working with high voltage here, if you are under 18 ask a adult with technical experience to help!
Do NOT work on the project when it is plugged into the wall outlet! Always check the connections and be careful!
Work in a dry environment. I am not responsible for any damage and/or injuries!
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Step 1: Materials

You will need:
-a box
-a slow turning dc motor, I used :
                                              ,but you might want to take a slower motor or see 'edit 1'.
-a timer socket
-a lightbulb socket
-a lightbulb
-a (normal wall-outlet) plug
- some cable
-two extention cords
-a cable connector
-a old (phone) charger
-small pieces of wood or plastic
-some screws
-a gear
-heat shrink tubing

Step 2: Tools

Picture of Tools
You will need:
-a drill
-a (electric) saw or dremel
-a x-acto knife
-a glue gun
-wire cutters or scissors
-wire strippers
-a soldering iron
-a marker

Step 3: 2

-cut a 4 inch wire from the end of the plug depending on the size of the box
-strip the othe end
-connect the stripped end to the connector

-cut off a 4-6 inch piece of wire from the leftover socket and the light-bulb socket
-strip the ends of the wires
-connect these to the connector
Like this:
nevadavic1 year ago
fun topic and very creative!
Giedow (author)  nevadavic5 months ago

Thank you

etcmn5 months ago

Thanks for offering a mechanical solution to this. Wood and wires I can handle, electronic components mostly confuse me. I just need to figure out where I can get a motor that will turn slow enough.

Also as someone else mentioned the shape of the hole. I think it might give a better illusion of sunrise if instead of a linear motion the motor were to slowly turn a disc with a section cut out. That way it would begin with a small sliver of light gradually opening to a larger and larger triangle.

Giedow (author)  etcmn5 months ago

I am glad you appreciate it. From me an motor with a gearbox worked fine. I also thought about other ways and I think a aperture would work nicely, I like that idea too.

Good Luck!

nevadavic1 year ago
could also be used as an anti-theft device. so it looks like someone is home when not!
geischen1 year ago
Thanks for a simple and clever solution.
I wonder if making a different shape hole in the box would allow greater control of how quickly the room lights up; for example: a "V" shape. I suspect that our perception of light may be non-linear.
Geeks1231 year ago
Cool project!
Giedow (author)  Geeks1231 year ago
macrumpton1 year ago
Interesting project! One thing that would make it even better would be a description in the beginning of what the project does, as "wake-up light " is not a common term.
Giedow (author)  macrumpton1 year ago
Let me do that for you!
very cool, I like that you found a non-arduino solution. what do the words on the top say?
My taste is most simple. I am always satisfied with the best.
In Dutch it says:
Mijn smaak is allereenvoudigst: Ik ben altijd tevreden met het beste.
In English it is:
My taste is very easy: I'm always satisfied with the best.
Loosely translated, I believe it says. "box".