Introduction: Yet Another Batman Lamp

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Been thinking about making fun bed light for my son, and came up with this one after I saw a similar bookshelf. But it turn out there's quite a few of these already, I discovered. But here's my version.

You'll need:

  • MDF wood board
  • LED strip
  • Wire
  • 12V Connectors
  • Adaptor
  • Paint
  • Switch
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Router (optional)
  • Printer

Step 1: Find Some Wood

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I used a thick piece of MDF I had lying around.

I printed this batman logo and used for masking. (Using photoshop theres a nice feature called "find edges" so you don't waste your ink)

I've attached the photoshop template I used, the outline and the image is in two separate layers.

Step 2: Cut Out the Figure

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Use a jigsaw to cut the wood, take care with the edges MDF is quite soft.

Step 3: Sand the Sides

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Even out the sides by hand using sandpaper. Take care not to round the edges.

Step 4: Cut and Place the LED Stips

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Cut the led strip, place it about the same distance from all edges. Mark the placement with a pen.

Step 5: Optional: Mill the LED Path

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Mill the path where the LED will sit.

I did this since i don't want direct light from the LEDs when looking at it from the side. You could get the same result by masking the side of the LED strips I guess.

Step 6: Solder the LED Strips Together

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Tin all the pads first, then solder on the wire. Cut the wire only after the first end is soldered on, that makes it easy to get the perfect length to the wire.

Step 7: All Wired Up

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Connect the end wires to a 12v standard connector. (I ended up extending the wire with a nicer white cord)

Step 8: Paint the Edges

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If you use MDF, you will need to paint the sides with wood paint or primer before spray painting. Otherwise it's likely that the spray paint wont stick.

Step 9: Spray Paint

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Spray paint the sides (and the front maybe, just in case the print doesn't work out)

Step 10: Cut the Print

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I found a print that fit quite well to the shape, google "Batman Arkham origins".

Printed on three A4 pages, taped together and cut with a sharp razor to create nice (almost invisible) matching edges.

The ink in my inkjet printer ran out, so I printed this using a laser printer on thick matte photo paper. Turned out ok anyway.

Step 11: Add Distance

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I cut small flat wood pieces that will create a distance to the wall for the nice glow effect.

Step 12: Hooks to Hold It

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Added two hooks the hang it from. And drilled a hole for the wire so it not easily pulled out by accident.

Step 13: Fix the Print to the Front

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I used thin strong double sided tape, but any glue that doesn't mess up you print should be fine.

Step 14: Hang It on the Wall

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Step 15: Admire the Result

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OutlawKtulu made it! (author)2017-12-28

Made this light for my sister's stepson for Christmas this year. A lot bigger as it is almost 5 feet across. He loves it. My only problem that I had with it was the LED strips. I used RGB strips and I couldnt get the connections to work right. Probably could have soldered them in, but I was short on time. He loves it anyway and enjoys it even more that it has a remote control to change colors and patterns. Thanks for the instructable!

Aspera666 made it! (author)2016-09-27

This is my very first project so made lots of mistakes but done pretty fine i guess. Thanks for great instructable :)

Lori Simpson (author)2016-03-10

This is pretty awesome! TFS :-)

cliffyd (author)2016-03-06

me likey!!!

damian.gorzelanczyk (author)2015-12-23

Hi! Your project is really cool! I will make it soon, of course, but I've got one question. How thick was your MDF board? :) Thank you in advance and I wish you a Merry Christmas! :)

Trever73 (author)2015-09-25

Thanks for the direction. Turned out great!

Tony_13 made it! (author)2015-09-16

Hi man, I enjoyed your project, would like to do with this image, but do not know if a deskjet print quality, what do you think? help please. =D

SanjanaN1 (author)2015-08-04

is it possible to connect the leds to a battery and connect a switch?...if so can u please explain how i can do it? wld be really helpful :)

dmilesson (author)SanjanaN12015-08-06

Sure, but batteries for a lamp is not great as they will run out quite fast... Just google it

SanjanaN1 (author)dmilesson2015-08-06

ohh okay..thanku..:D

aymiChulis (author)2015-07-23

Would you ever consider making and selling this? I've been looking for a batman logo lamp for a friend's birthday and this is the only one that truly caught my eye, it's really well done! Unfortunately I don't have the tools or skills to make one myself.. it was a long shot but I figured I would try and ask :) thanks!

aymiChulis (author)aymiChulis2015-07-23

You know what it's probably too late as I would have loved to have it before Aug. 4th; would have hated to rush you if it were even considered. Again, great work on the lamp! I'm sure your son loved it.

dmilesson (author)aymiChulis2015-07-24

Thanks for the feedback! But I don't take orders :)

mikhailJ (author)2015-07-23

Fantastic, thanks!

wilsondm made it! (author)2015-07-21

My project is more simple, because i don't have you're equipment, but I implement one more thing, I did one more Batman ( with wood obviou ) and I fix him in the front side, look one picture and the video in youtube.


JessicaS18 (author)2015-06-28

Can you please upload that batman logo in pdf? I cant open that Photoshop file :/
And did you use 2 A3 Papers to print it?

adashh made it! (author)2015-06-25

i used red led :D Nd the result is Amazing !

dmilesson (author)adashh2015-06-25

yeah, nice one... maybe I'll upgrade to RGB leds to make some nice fade effects!

HorizonAris made it! (author)2015-06-08

My attempt ^_^ !!! Thank you

cdmc made it! (author)2015-03-17

made it too. thank you

dmilesson (author)cdmc2015-03-30

Nice, thanks for sharing!

metal110 (author)2015-03-11

if you use RGB led module or RGB strip ,it will much better ,ehehe

metal110 (author)2015-03-11

by the way ,i love your design

metal110 (author)2015-03-11

well ,i am LED Strip maker in China ,but we don't know where will you use led strip ,see here i find funny one,any way ,you can use led module which can become easy

elvin.merlo (author)2015-01-15

Great job! what image did you use for the print on the front on how did you transfer it onto the wood??

ElNats (author)elvin.merlo2015-01-16

Hi Elvin, he found a print that fit quite well to the shape, google "Batman Arkham origins". On STEP 10 he explains how to do it.

elvin.merlo (author)ElNats2015-01-17

Ahhh I didn't see step 10! Thanks!! I just got all of the supplies, wish me luck

ElNats (author)2015-01-15

Hi, im new here. You did an awesome job! My 4yo son (and I) loves it... what is it size? (Width/height) we will work on it this weekend...i hope.

dmilesson (author)ElNats2015-01-15

You really can make any size you want. Mine turned out to 68x24cm. I've attached the photoshop image I used which is 1:1 scale.

The Mighty El Rondo (author)2015-01-08

Nice project. One tip: if you use Bitfenix Alchemy LED strips, that will help you a lot with not having to do a lot of soldering and such. They're just as affordable as other LED strips like you used, are much brighter, and come with strip connectors and such, which eliminate the need for soldering. I have some myself and they're awesome, plus they're also designed to be used with fan & LED controllers (for PCs) that allow you to adjust the voltage and thus the brightness of them as well.

Yes, I'd probably also recommend using a RGB strip. The blue LEDs can be a bit intense in color and with the RGB LED you can tune the color and the brightness.

Padamveer made it! (author)2015-01-09

I made something like this. But I only used waste material. Will post an instructable soon! :)

dmilesson (author)Padamveer2015-01-13

Nice :)

Actually i built this from stuff I hand laying around also. The only thing I had to go out and look for was the thin double sided tape that is used for the print.

mason257 (author)2015-01-11

can yo use any wire to connect the strips or is there a wire that needs to be used for it?

Jake Maverick (author)2015-01-09

very cool!

Bartoche (author)2015-01-09

What a bat-lamp! Really cool

Jonofwrath (author)2015-01-09

Wonder if you think using something like this as the light-source might be simpler (since no soldering required):

gnandi1 (author)2015-01-08

Really nice! :D

Xxx_Morgan_Freeman_xxX (author)2015-01-08

am I the only one here who read this in a batman voice?

farooqs (author)2015-01-03

hey , i have made the wooden piece , i am stuck at step 11 , can you tell me how to add the flat pieces to the back and also after adding the hooks how do i hang it on the wall ?


dmilesson (author)farooqs2015-01-04

I actually just glued the pieces on with wood glue, but it wouldn't hurt to add a screw i guess.

I used to screws on the wall to hang it on. (pic below)

hope that helps..

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Basicbear2 (author)2015-01-08

My duaghter would LOVE this...great Job!

vpugliese323 (author)2015-01-08

Nice project! I just wanted to comment for the benefit of anyone looking at your instructable that a good glue to use in place of double sided tape (for step 13) is rubber cement.

Anyway, nice project, thank you for sharing!

NoesisDesign (author)2015-01-08

There may be others, but this is by far the coolest I've seen! Nice job!

caicepin (author)2015-01-08

Genial, puedo usarlo en una tienda de videojuegos
gracias por el aporte

TryChick (author)2015-01-08


jedii72 (author)2015-01-01

As Po the Kung Fu Panda would say "That is AWESOME!|

NathanSellers (author)2014-12-31

This is seriously cool. I bet your son was totally geeking out over it. I know mine would (since I am too).

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