Introduction: Stackable Ambient RGB LED Cube Lights
In this Instuctable I will show you how to produce your own Battery powered Stackable RGB LED Cube Lights.
They provide portable RGB mood lighting to any environment. Their compact design allows for a multitude of different applications. Make more than one and you have you own interactive art work right there in your living room.
Step 1: What You Will Need.
You only require a few items here. The RGB components of this cube are optional and standard LeD's look brilliant also.
+ Hot glue gun.
+ A RGB pre-made circuit, or standard LeD.
+ 6 glass tiles (preferably ones with a white backing already). These are found at most stores selling standard tiles. They are used as border tiles. I used 45mmx45mm but it's your choice, the principal is the same.
+ Sheet of thin white paper(If you couldn't get white backed glass tiles).
+ Battery suitable to run your LeD's (preferably rechargable).
+ Clear sticky tape.
+ Nail polish remover.
Ok, once you have your items lets move onto the next step
Step 2: Preparing the Tiles
Now we need to prepare the tiles. Obviously if you tiles came with netting connecting them you will need to remove it and any residue.
Use your nail polish remover in a well ventilated environment to remove the left over glue.
If your tiles did not come with a white backing then cut your white paper into correct sized squares and apply it the the back of the glass tiles. Fix it in place with you clear sticking tape for now...
I doubt anyone will have this issue as I have not seen any see-through glass tiles as yet...
Now your tiles are prepared, let's stick them together.
Step 3: Cube Construction
Hot gluing the sides
Basically we want to start by connecting the first tile to the second by applying two decent dots of hot glue to each corner as we go. continue this process until you have reached your last piece. Once you get the hang of this it won't take you long.
Attaching the base
How you attach your base will very much depend on what tiles you were able to obtain. I only run mine for limited amounts of time so I choose to simply use small dots of hot glue to attach the base. When you need to change batteries ease the base away. The glue will release as long as you don't go over board.
Step 4: Start Modelling Your Units
One is never enough, spend the rest of he afternoon making a dozen more and create your own interactive display.
The endless different combinations you can create, produce some simple amazing lighting effects.
Well, I hope you liked them and hope they bring some ambient Cube Light effects to your dwelling as well.
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