Introduction: Use Light Strip From a Printer Scanner

we have seen different colours coming of of the scanner
they are mainly.


we can light it up just using some wire and 9volt battery

Step 1: Taking Out the Light Strip

now open up the and remove the motor and the gears
you are gonna need a fine screwdriver to open up the screw on the light strip


you are done taking it apart into pieces

don't. pull the. board on it

you will find 4 soldered area

be careful with them

use soldering iron to loss it

and then remove the board

Step 2: The Light Strip

now the light strip is apart
you can solder wires on the white stirp

Step 3:

the red dot is the positive
and the other three wire are of red green blue

Step 4: Finished

now its finished you can use a 9volt battery to light it up


if you have any creative way to use there strips please let me know

Step 5: Reusing It

if you broke the tri led on the end side

you can find this small led light
and stick it to the end side

it glows

its like a light saber as in star wars ????

Step 6:


rldkfl (author)2015-01-20

this looks like one tricolor LED and a light conducting prism, i "disassembled" one just yesterday :)

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khalidparwez38 (author)rldkfl2015-01-21

more pictures would be helpful

rldkfl (author)khalidparwez382015-01-26

my phone camera is damaged by laser :)

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khalidparwez38 (author)rldkfl2015-01-27

thank you for uploading so clear image after watching these pictures I removed the parts of the light strip and discovered there was a plastic rod and at the end of it was a single tri colour led you can try to find the positive terminal on your led
and other three will be terminal for other colours

jammon1372 (author)2015-01-22

Your tutorial sparked me to think about making a light box with the strips and the glass from an old scanner?


why are you waiting then ??
go ahead build the light box

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2015-01-20

Ooo such pretty colors and a nice harvest from old broken machines. I can't wait to see what you end up doing with the light strip. Welcome to instructables!


thank you
I am gonna make night light out of it as soon as I find the right parts in junk
and update this

Stan1y (author)2015-01-20

salvaged one of these at the weekend along with some other bits from a broken printer scanner.

khalidparwez38 (author)Stan1y2015-01-21

there are stepper motors or DC motor. in scanners
you can reuse them too

XPinG (author)2015-01-20

May be you'll need to hook up a resistor to limit the current on your LEDs so they'll not get that hot

khalidparwez38 (author)XPinG2015-01-21

I used it for 58 minutes 2 seconds. it didn't heat up

MikeR3 (author)2015-01-20

I have one that I was going to use for a desk lamp.

The problem is that it gets HOT! The normal duty-cycle for one of these is not that long, so I still have it, but I don't know what I'm going to do with it now.

khalidparwez38 (author)MikeR32015-01-21

I used it for like an hour everything seems fine
I guess you might be having old type of scanner

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