I need to find a way to light 20 paper lanterns hung from a gymnasium ceiling. I need to accomplish this without having 20 cords hanging down. I'm a novice. This is for my daughters wedding.
Question by knocky70 | last reply
Hi I have an idea but dont want to buy stuff and its a bad idea in the end. Now is it safe to put christmas lights in a pvc tube that has drill holes. With an opaque plastic cover. I would like the holes to be of different sizes and in random locations or in a wavy idea. I am not sure of how to mount to a wall horizontally or vertically. I like the idea of led;s because they make no buzzing . Maybe someone got any ideas? Thanks
Topic by enoted | last reply
I'm struggling understanding what im really needing and could use some guidance... I'm tring to build a underwater fishing light that has 36 3watt green leds. I'm going to only be powering them when the engine is off and the batteries aren't being charges... it will run off a standard 12volt marine battery... the led specs are ' green (510-530nm):DC Forward Voltage:3.4V~3.8V Forward Current: 700mA'. what would be the best way to power these leds... im assuming that I need to power in series groups of 3. but with such a wide voltage of 3.4 to 3.8... do I just shoot for the middle? do I use 12v in my calculation or do u use like a 12.5 or 13 like it sometimes checks.... Can I get by powering it with just resistors or do I need a led driver? I have entered my data in some of the calculaters online and it says I need a 2.2 resister but gives warnings... and doesn't say what watt resistor... does it matter... first project ... confussed to say the least thanks
Topic by laltec | last reply
So i have a '95 chevy suburban, and it has a few issues. at the moment, the biggest issue is my brake lights. Basically, when the vehicle is in accessory and i depress the brake peddle, my brake lights come on, YAY! but when i have the vehicle running and i depress the brake peddle, the 15 A fuse blows and the lights go out. now i have a schematic diagram for the whole vehicle (in parts), but im still trying having a hard time finding where my problem is. im sure there is a short somewhere but it is just all really confusing to me. thanks much in advance. note: night time lights work as well as all turn signals.
Topic by DanJames | last reply
Hello everyone, i have a question and i think people here on instructables are best suited to help me! So i wanted to connect 21 leds together to make a bigger light. I would connect them in parallel and in series (3 in series 7 rows :P) and i thought i would use a 12v 7Ah battery to power this thing. The problem is i also wanted to use an arduino so they would turn on automatically but it can not output 12v. So is it beter to use the arduino to phisiclly controll a switch to turn the leds on or is it possible to power the arduino and then output 5v to the leds. And if it is will they be dimmer? or will the system draw more current killing my battery faster? Thats my problem and i hope someone here can help me. Thank you in advance.
Topic by thecreatorst | last reply
Hi there, I am renting a place for my new office for 3D animation and I wanted to make an automatic lighting system to turn on lights when I'm in a room and off when I move to another room. How easy/hard is it to do that? And what do I need to make my light switch on and off slowly? Cheers, Shawin.
Topic by beatoven | last reply
Hi, i got a problem with the power supply of a light that i found in an old car. it is a 6V 55W light, the thing is that i want to make it work with a battery made of several cellphone bateries but i don´t know really whats the voltage and current that my recicled battery must have in order to turn on the light and survive. thanks for reading, and i hope anyone can help me.
Topic by kvalero
Has anyone seen the LED lighting in some grocery store freezers that comes on only when you stand near it? I'm wondering if anyone knows of a circuit I could build that i could line my hallways with LEDs and have them come on as I walk down the hall?
Topic by tfrost1980 | last reply
I want to build and install three lights about 10 watt each in my house garden. Powered by solar panel (80w),100ah dry battery. Instead of using energy saver bulbs , i want to use LEDs.one LED of 10w or more which give light equal to one LED. Can any gentleman help me to design this system with 8 hours battery backup. The lights should be turned at dawn.Thanks
Question by Sarfraz ahmad | last reply
Ok so I used to have this key cover that had a tiny light, kind of like those crappy led key chain flashlights except that it actually fit on to the key. It would light up by pressing a button while trying to find the keyhole to put the key in. It was actually really handy.... I'd like to make one myself now that its broken but I'm horrible with electronics and would probably manage to blow something up without knowing what I'm doing. Can somebody make me an instructable for this?
Topic by oddmuffin14 | last reply
Hi guys! i'm sorry if i'm here to disturb.... i need to build a lamp.. with shape of a volcan.... now y have this problem.... how can I create the movement of lava running down the slope, with the lights? I thought the catenary Christmas, with the movement to fall, but the problem is to recreate the color change down ... anyone have any ideas on this? than you to all for helping.. :)
Topic by dancan | last reply
I would like to build a led light that has 5 white, 2 red, and 5 blue leds in it. i would like it to have a 3 way switch but it can have what ever you can work in to it. i am very new at doing this so the instructions would have to be very easy and simple. please try to keep it small and cheap please. thank you
Question by lynx66 | last reply
I am looking to create a string of LED's that can be programed to turn on and off sequentially over 100 meters that can show the speed of a runner over that distance. ex: 100 meters in 9 seconds. any ideas, also re-program the same to different times.
Topic by ScottR148 | last reply
Hey all, I have never really done much circuitry to this date, but I was hoping to make a fairly complex lamp that may require a good dose of it. What I'm looking to do is wire four cold cathode tubes (12V, the kind that are used to light computers), as well as two LED lights with arduino based flicker control, and run them off of a wall socket? The pictures are a (very) rough sketch of the setup, as well as a supply list. Is there any way someone could explain what this might require to me in baby terms? All the best, Adrian
Topic by am_rawr | last reply
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Topic by cindy2819 | last reply
Hi all, I'm newcomer to this "club", and am looking for some help, please. I'm looking for details of how to make a night light, with a rotating element with designs (people, animals, trees, plants etc) either cut out of it, or painted on it. The rotating element is powered by the warm air coming off the top of the globe. The rotating element should be able to be "dropped into" position. Sorry I have nothing further at this stage!! Peter Smith
Topic by peteras1 | last reply
A few years ago I was attending a Halloween attraction where a conversation started about seeing a red skull. We asked a few of the actors and I got the name of the attraction's special effects person. What we were seeing was a programmable sheet of red LEDs that would flash so fast that you could only see the after image. The F/X guy called it Vertigo Lights. I understand the concept, but wondered if anyone has come across anything like this. Could this be controlled by an arduino, or would a program need to be written to control all of the lights simultaneously? I haven't been able to find anything like it in any of my searches. Any clues would be great!
Topic by ThePolrBear | last reply
OK I got one for you all! What I would like to achieve is a realistic lightning effect for Halloween displays. I've tried some different ideas, but none can give me a realistic effect. Most produce a timed effect (2 sec on, 2 secs off, 2 on, 2 off etc...) What I think I would need would be a circuit board or something like that, that would produce a random current to a strobe light source (ie. 1 sec on, 3 secs off, 2 on, 6 off, 1 on 5 off etc...) Could this be done? I've searched all over the internet and haven't been able to come up with anything. Thanks! Wes
Topic by tat2dwes | last reply
Hey, I recently saw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd3hzYAJzOo&w; and i want to make that. I read the schematic at http://www.uploderx.net/dphrag/SCHEMATIC1___PAGE1444.jpg (that link doesn't work, use this one: http://www.buildlounge.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/xy88F.jpg for it, but, I'm still quite confused. The parts that are the most problematic to me are the high, low, and mid pass filters. i don't understand what they are, and how there made. If anyone could help me, thank you.
Topic by schumi23 | last reply
Hello! First of all I want to say hi to everyone as this is my first post! I hope to learn some interesting things from all of you. On the topic now. I want to make a USB LED night light for my sister. I wanted to make it USB powered with RGB (or whatever they are called. I'm not too familiar whit all this stuff) LEDs that you can control in computer. Is something like that possible without expensive controllers and what not? Every answer will be appreciated. Thank you!
Topic by slaps123 | last reply
Hey-o,so heres the deal, im a remixer and im designing props for my future shows and thought how cool would it be to have 'Gaster Blasters' fly up on drones when i get to my Megalovania remix?for those of you who do not know what I am talking about Gaster Blasters are a weapon of sans from the popular game Undertale. they look like monster skulls and shoot lasers out of their mouths while im not trying to make lasers, i am trying to create a beam of light :) i plan on atttaching this device to a drone or perhaps just using a omnidimensional wire system to supend it.Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! thanks~NoPawse Queen of Remixes Prince of Snailcheck me out on youtube, Twitter, and Soundcloudand dont forget to make requests using the links! I make them for FREE!~
Question by NoPawse123 | last reply
In order to make a mini flashlight, do I need a toggle switch or will it work if hooked up correctly with out? I ask because I hooked mine up correctly with out a toggle switch and it does not work, I have a high brightness 3mm led and it only get a short 2 second amber orage glow charge before going out. please help. matt
Question by hollywood4l
Need to know how many amp power supply to get for my 12v 225 red/blue led panel.It has 5 parallel circuits like the picture below with 15 series circuits each with 2 red and 1 blue led 12 volt supply with a 5.1 ohm resistor (rough drawing but i think it shows the circuit..leds are faceing the wrong way but ya get the point thanks don't mind the arrows i didn't know how to remove them
Topic by bolonny
22 inch long strip surrounding an exhaust tip.want an led every inch.my main prob is i dont know how physically big is an led.5 mm?3mm?dime? pencil eraser?that odd looking mole on my....,well you know. how big are the darn things?also,do i put a resistor every 2 or 3 bulbs according to volts and ohms and such or one really badass resistor at the begining.next ,the resistor drops voltage for the following leds in line.if the led in front is getting proper watts or voltage,then the one after that is getting less and so on,isnt it?i dont know help?
Question by frankentrike | last reply
So, I've had an idea I wanted to try and make but i have no experience with electronics and was hoping to do it all with hardware only, no software. The idea is this, I have a wand which has an LED strip (like a lightsaber, but a lot smaller) which connects to two buttons/switches. First button/switch if held down it will pulse/glow the LED at the base of the wand (charging up spell) and when you release it "shoots" up the LED strip (like you're firing a spell). Second switch just lights the LED at the tip of the wand, making it like a torch (LUMOS).Any ideas on how I could achieve such a feat? Point me in the right direction? I have knowledge on how to solder and such and have taken very basic electronics. Currently trying to make a lightsaber, hoping to get some experience so I can make my eventual goal, the wand. Most of the instructables I've seen so far have been very simple with a single LED at the end.Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!!
Question by MastaAzumarek | last reply
I have a low voltage outdoor lighting and its not bright enough i want to convert it to use leds can it be done
Question by dvdpr | last reply
I'm getting ready to purchase a desk with frosted glass surfaces (http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/578355/Realspace-Alluna-Collection-Milk-Glass-L/) and want to add lights of some sort under one of the surfaces so that I can use part of the desk as a lightbox for sorting negatives and slides. I'm guessing that a fluorescent fixture of some sort would be best, but I need ideas on mounting (there are rails along the front and back of the surfaces that have around a quarter-inch clearance from the rubber offsets that hold the glass), what kind of light to get and how to wire it. Anyone have any ideas?
Topic by LeftyRodriguez | last reply
I have an idea but have no idea if it would even work. I would like to make a led string that can be two different colors. The idea is that I put the lights up in October and they are purple and orange for Halloween and then as Christmas approaches I can change them to green and white. That way I can put lights up one time and do it when it is still warm out and my neighbors wont think I'm nuts. I know I can weave two lines together and just switch plugs but that isn't complicated enough. I like to do things that are way more complicated than it needs to be but are really cool when they are done. my wife loves it.
Topic by brianv512 | last reply
Hi. not sure this is the right category but here goes. i want to build a staircase handrail (interior) that has LEDs underneath it, pointing towards the stairs, and i want them to light up automatically when someone touches the handrail. a nice variant would be that individual lights light up following my hand position on the rail (following you up or down the stairs) and an even nicer variant to that would be to have the other lights fade as you move. is this possible? and is it possible WITHOUT mild user electrocution? :D i have no trouble building it, just not sure about the electrical part... please share thoughts or ideas on how to make this! thanks!
Topic by mart! | last reply
Hey Guys, I know there are a couple hacks that show how you can make a single LED or even a couple react to music (the bass makes them bright...) but I cannot find a way to make a string of lights react to music. I want a longer string of lights to be able to do this so I can put them around a table, does anyone have a solution? Thanks
Topic by silverslik1 | last reply
I'm a freshman in college right now and I really want to spruce up my suite and room a little for Christmas. So Christmas lights would come to mind to display at my suite's door, but because of fire hazard rules/laws we can't have extension cords. I think I also read that we can't have Christmas lights period. So I started thinking I could make something out of LED lights to attach to our door so people walking by can see. I was thinking maybe an outline of a Christmas tree made of green LEDs would be cool or putting LEDs inside a wreath to light it up. Which would be the best way for me to power all of the LEDs? I've never worked with LEDs before, so this would be new to me but I really want to put something together. I basically want to chain a bunch of LEDs together, power them with batteries, and have the ability to turn them on at night and off in the morning. So, any ideas would help a lot. Maybe a point in direction.
Topic by Psyc | last reply
Does anyone know how to make a sculpture using multiple fluorescent bulbs? I've seen a few and they always have small caps and wiring on the ends, but they look like standard products you could pick up somewhere.http://uploads.notempire.com/images/uploads/1-1073.jpg
Question by anthony_j | last reply