Lithophane LED Modules (nanoleaf Alternative)

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Introduction: Lithophane LED Modules (nanoleaf Alternative)

About: I am mechanical engineer and I work on robotic mechanical design. I am running my startup and sometime working on my design hobby. Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD2Sfi_ZynB2bFgR7rTmxgA Thi…

In this project, I used led strip and lithophane photo to make decoration panels. Each module is a hexagon panel and can be used to make different shapes (nanoleaf alternative).

The instruction to make hexagon lithophane and the assembling process can be found in this video https://youtu.be/MJjva_eWyg8

Step 1: Make Your Hexagon Lithophane Photo

You will need my Blender file to make the lithophane photo. Instructables does not support the Blender file so I uploaded it here https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4761713

You can follow the instruction in the youtube video. If you don't want to use lithophane photo, you can print the photo.stl file. It is a flat photo and works like a diffuser

Step 2: Assemble the Module

For each light panel, you will need

  • 0.5m of LED strip,
  • the hexagon frame for the LED,
  • the lithophane photo
  • the photo frame.

If you don't want to use lithophane photo, you can print the photo.stl file. It is a flat photo and works like a diffuser.

Step 3: Mounting the Panels

You can use glue gun to fix the endings of the strips. You can arrange all the hexagon modules on the wall according to your pattern. To attach them on the wall, I use

  • the command poster strip which can be easily removed when I need to change my pattern.
  • the double clip to fixed the connection cable between modules.

Step 4: Power You Panels

The final step is adding the controller and power supply for your panels. It depends on the type of LED you chose. I used the 2812b with the bluetooth controller so I can use my cellphone as a remote. There are many choices so pick whatever you feel like and enjoy.

Happy making.

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