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Ok I'm really kind of new to electronics but I'm going to throw out an idea and if anyone could help me with this I would be greatly appreciative. I'm building a platform bed and I saw this picture when looking for ideas I instantly fell in love with this lighting. Bed

But here is what I was thinking, what if I do my room in a different color? How could I make it look good? Then I thought RGB. Now what Im thinking is using Red Green and Blue Led's each I would imagine each would have to be on a different circuit and hook into some type of controller that can modify which one is brighter. I would think there would be some type of board I could hook up via usb and some software to change values of light. So if anyone has suggestions on what size LED's, resistors, or what kind of board I would need Please let me know I really am lost as to where to start. Also about how many would i need of each to have a good glow like this if its any help Im going to be using a queen size mattressBed

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chylight (author)2012-03-20

in fact,i think warm white led strips better than rgb led strips!

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qman007 (author)2009-11-09

The easiest way is going to be to buy an LED under car body kit and get converter to step down to 12 volts.

I really like this idea and think I might look into it.  Thanks for posting!

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Leejin (author)qman0072012-01-18

The car lights are already at 12 Volts DC. You need to convert them to run on 120v.

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usLEDsupply (author)2011-01-24

just get some 12v RGB LED Flex Strip (about $4.50/ft) put 2 feet or so under each side and throw a RGB controller with remote (maybe even one with a mic/audio effects) on it and plug it into a 12v power supply and you are good to go
should cost around $70 for everything or you could save some $ and wrap a 3ft section around a bucket under the center of the bed and you would still have plenty of light coming out to get some neat effects

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joudas (author)usLEDsupply2011-09-29

I did exactly that, 5m strip with remote from ebay

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nsmith23 (author)2011-09-24

christmas tree lights will work grate and give your room a nice feel done it to mine and like it a lot all depends on what colors you like

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hornysasquatch (author)2008-03-30

IVE BEEN DOING SWEET LED/LIGHT PROJECTS FOR YEARS. HERES MY SECRET : WWW.COOLNEON.COM ENJOY*

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Patrik (author)2008-01-04

Huh - I had totally forgotten about this one:

Lighted MALM bed: an all-IKEA hack

Can't find the "TRETTIOEN LED lighting strip kits" this one refers to, so maybe Ikea discontinued them. However, I did find a multicolor DIODER lighting strip. "You can shift automatically between 7 different colors or select 1 at a time."

$49.99 for 4 sections of 25cm (9 3/4") each. Not cheap, but this seems just what you're looking for. And a good deal cheaper than the £179 (~$350), 7-color version on the website you were referring to. (That one covers a longer length though - a more fair comparison would be 4 of the Ikea sets at $200, versus the fancy British set at $350.) In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if those guys simply buy the Ikea sets, add a little control circuit, and pocket the difference...

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KentsOkay (author)2007-12-27

Perhaps on the fly you could use holiday rope lighting? LED would probably be best, if you hurry you might get it on sale.

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Goodhart (author)2007-12-27

Is that a new-age nite light then ? ;-)

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Patrik (author)2007-12-26

Well, there are all sorts of high-powered RGB LED "wall washers" available, but that would be overkill in therms of price and effort for what you need. I suspect the cheapest and simplest solution for you may be to buy three strands of LED Xmas lights (quick - I think they just went on sale! ;-) You may be able to find colored ones. If not, you can probably color them by hand using a marker. Perhaps a solution which might rankle some DIY purists, but hey - can't beat the price or ease of effort!

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raidensdad (author)zachninme2007-12-27

Thats ideal!! Do you know of a usb interface i could use to control it instead of the manual switch? I can't wait to get this started and make my first instructable

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zachninme (author)raidensdad2007-12-27

You could use a uC with analog outputs,( or a digital-to analog converter), and use a 232-to-USB converter (ie MAX232) to interface it with the computer. ...or use an Arduino, which can do all that >_>

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Patrik (author)zachninme2007-12-26

Yeah - those purists! ;-)

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