LEDs and Lighting Class


6 Lessons

36,949 Enrolled

Beginner Level

There are many ways to produce light and dispel the darkness of night.

In this class, we will go over some of the most popular means of doing so. Covering methods as diverse as light bulbs, LEDs, LED strips, and EL wire, this class provides a crash course on the subject of electric lighting.

No prior experience of electronics is necessary to get started. However, if you do have some previous experience, this class also has optional sections for advanced students which briefly covers Arduino-control.

I hope you will join me and make things that shine above the rest.

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Class Author:randofo

Randy Sarafan is an artist, designer, inventor, and founder of the Instructables Design Studio. Over the last 10 years he has created hundreds of step-by-step tutorials on diverse subjects ranging from pancakes to self-driving robotic queen-sized beds. He has authored two books, 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and Simple Bots.

His work has been showcased by the NY Times, Popular Mechanics, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, NPR, the BBC, Core77, Boing Boing, and the National Examiner (to name a few). He currently splits his time between Brooklyn, NY and the internet.


Getting Started

Lesson 1: Getting Started

A brief introduction to the class and tools needed.

Getting Started

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Electronics Crash Course

Lesson 2: Electronics Crash Course

Learn the bare minimum of electronics necessary to begin working with lights.

Electronics Crash Course

Electronics Crash Course Started

Light Bulbs

Lesson 3: Light Bulbs

All you ever wanted to know about light bulbs.

Light Bulbs

Light Bulbs Started


Lesson 4: LEDs

An in-depth look at the fundamentals of LEDs


LEDs Started

LED Strips

Lesson 5: LED Strips

The basics of LED strips.

LED Strips

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EL Wire

Lesson 6: EL Wire

An introduction to EL wire and panels.

EL Wire

EL Wire Started

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!