Introduction: How to Make an Ambience, and Reading, Lamp With Speakers
Starting this project was slow, we had to go through the Design Thinking process, this process is Empathizing, Defining, Ideating, Prototyping, and finally, Testing. We started off at #1, Empathizing, and we went through a series of interviews with people, trying to understand what they wanted to have in a lamp we got many answers, including the ability to have an easily adaptable, bright lights, and a correlation between practicality and design. After analyzing our results we moved on to the defining phase were we chose which components would stay as a part of the project and which would be left out. We then moved on to the Ideation phase which meant we would start designing our indoor lamp. When we had more than 2 designs, we went back to the Empathizing phase were we again, received feedback from the people we interviewed, we chose our most voted design and finally started prototyping. We started building our lamp, cutting wood for the box, and wiring the cables until it finally worked. But we still had work to do, when we started the project we planned to include speakers, and we still needed to implement those. So my friend (He was working with me in the project) took the lamp and wired the speakers himself. All finally worked, but we still needed to assemble the box. Sadly, we could not use the workspace we needed for building the box so we ended up brainstorming ideas for the assembly, we would use glue. We finally built it and we were ready for the Testing phase, everything worked! And now, in this Instructable, we will teach you how to make this very lamp.
Materials in this project are very important since you use very little common/household objects. This is the list of materials:
- Wood ([Base x2=35cm*35cm][2 sides=35cm*8cm][ 2 smaller sides=33cm*8cm])
- PVC Tube (40cm · 12cm)
- Cloth (95cm*20cm)
- Electric Switch
- Lightbulb Socket with Wall Connector
- Light and Audio Cables
- Copper Wire Wall Plug
- x2 8ohm 7 watt 10cm speakers
- Small Reading Light
- 15mm Neodymium Magnets
- Bluetooth Module
- Electric Saw
- Wood and Hot Glue
- Rechargeable Battery
Measure out the size of wood planks that you desire (in this case the sizes we mentioned in the list of materials) and cut them with an electric saw. Be careful with the saw, it could be very dangerous if you don’t know how to use it.
Next, you will want to cut out the holes for the tube, speakers, and switch. Be sure to measure out the dimensions you need, they have to be very accurate. Again, be careful with the drill.
Now that you have your wood cut out, you need to start working on your circuits. Take out your Light cable and wire it to the socket, be sure to connect it to the correct positive and negative cables. Cover the exposed wires with electrical tape so that you don’t receive a shock!
Now that you have wired your lightbulb, be sure to wire the cable to the lightswitch and then to the wall plug, this sends energy to the bulb.
Now you want to start working on the speakers, with the audio cables, wire the speakers to the Bluetooth module, then, wire the Bluetooth module to the rechargeable battery Since the battery is rechargeable you can use a wire to connect it to the socket with a light connector to charge it.
Now Assemble the box with either wood glue or Hot glue, paste all sides to the base, and then the top, with all the holes in it.
To make the shade, use the copper/metal wire to create a circle, then, add 4 poles for support on the top circle. Make another circle and then staple the cloth onto the metal wireframe. For support, you can use wires as poles to the box.
Paste a magnet to the small reading light, and one to the PVC Pipe, make sure the magnets match + and -. You are also free to place magnets around your reading area so that your reading lamp can illuminate your book from many angles.
Step 9: (Optional)
If you want, you can decide to paint or wax the wood and PVC pipe, due to time restrictions me and my friend decided not to do so, but you are free to do it if you want.
Step 10: Final Product
Participated in the
Indoor Lighting Contest