Night light

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 10 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Night light

I am looking for a brighter than 4w (incandescent) nightlight to plug into wall outlets in my hallway. I have tried a couple LED from Walmart and they are way to dim. Does anyone have instructions for one or a recommendation for a store-bought one.

Topic by foxwoodfarm 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Restore night light? Answered

Is there something I can do to make night lights like this work again?  The package always says 'lasts a lifetime', but somehow mine always die after just a few years. This has happened with several different brands.

Question by mole1 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Super Bright Night Light

Who makes the brightest night light?

Question by 9 years ago


Light up the night contest

 whoever reads this should vote for me! this is my first contest. though the prizes are not that spectacular i would just like to know what it's like to win. i entered my first and only instructable. heres the link www.instructables.com/id/light-up-jacks-night/ please vote for me! 

Topic by 3daysofchaos 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Vacuum Tube Night Light

Hello All, I have four 12AX7A vacuum tubes out of an old guitar amp.  I'm not sure whether they work or not-the sound was extremely poor, but this could have been due to any number of things wrong with the amp, which is gone now.  I saved the tubes, as they still lit up when powered on.  I would like to turn the tubes into some kind of low glow night light/art project, but am not quite sure how to go about wiring them in parallel with one another, or even the correct voltage.  I have no experience with tubes, but would love to start learning, even just the basics...like how to power them up.  How complex a circuit would it take to do this?  Thanks!

Topic by huck alexander 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Faucet night light - water tap

I'm interested in trying to make a faucet night light . (google it in images) - its a brass sill plat out door tap that looks like it has a water droplet and its illuminating GREEN ... I suspect it be fairly simple... to make the light go one or off - with a push button switch ( as the tap is screwed down)  as for teh water droplet any ideas??? I was thinking a  glob of  silicone.. ???? ( Thoughts?) Where would I get the LED from and would it work with 110volts? I figure I could just get a small plug in the back of the faucet ? Looking for thoughts and ideas on how to make it...

Topic by rmwilson 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


Night Castle.....

Mother And Son (Mother) REMEMBER WHAT CONFUCIUS TAUGHT, ALWAYS BE KIND. (Son - Tran Do) YES, MOTHER. (Mother) ALWAYS HELP THE WEAK AND THE OLD. (Son) YES, MOTHER. I UNDERSTAND. (Mother) AND ALWAYS HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN YOURSELF. (Son) YES, MOTHER. ALWAYS. A jet passes by in the distance and the apparition of his mother fades away. The child turns towards Tran-Do in a non-judgmental but puzzled voice. (Son) HOW DID I BECOME YOU? Epiphany Tran Do:   THE SILENCE (In Khmer) DON’T GO DOES IT HAVE TO BE THIS WAY? CAN’T WE HAVE JUST ONE MORE CHANCE? THOSE WHO KNOW THEY WILL NOT SAY MUST THIS BE THE FINAL  DANCE IN OUR LIVES? AS TIME JUST MOVES ON YESTERDAY’S YEARS ARE TOO QUICKLY GONE ALL VISIONS FADE AS WORLDS FALL APART DECISIONS ARE MADE BUT THERE IN THIS DARK NOW THERE IN THIS DARK NOW SOMEWHERE ON THIS NIGHT A LIFE IS OUT THERE AND CAN SOMEONE TELL ME HOW HERE ON THIS NIGHT SO FAR AWAY BITS OF STARLIGHT FALL WHERE THEY MAY I NEVER WANTED TO GO I NEVER WANTED TO STAY I NEVER WANTED TO BE AFRAID BUT STILL CHILDHOOD SEES WHAT CHILDHOOD WILL BUT NOTHING EVER STAYS THE SAME I FEAR THE NIGHT I FEAR THE DARK I NEED THIS LIGHT THAT DISTANT SPARK I KNOW THAT… SOMEWHERE SOMEONE’S LOOKING TO DECEIVE AND SOMEWHERE YOUNG MEN DIE AND CHILDREN BLEED AND SOMEWHERE SOME HAVE TOO MUCH WHILE OTHERS NEED AND SOMEWHERE SOMEONE’S LOOKING TO BELIEVE AND… SOMEWHERE SOMEWHERE SOMEWHERE SOMEWHERE AND THE NIGHT AND THE DARK AND THE HOPES AND THE DREAMS AS WE ALL PLAY OUR PARTS WHILE IGNORING THE SCREAMS SO WE LIE TO OURSELVES AND WE JUST CARRY ON NEVER STOP, NEVER TURN DON’T ADMIT WHAT IS … GONE IN TO THIS TWISTED STORY ALL THESE THINGS SO CLEAR BEFORE ME EVERY PATH WE’VE EVER TAKEN CAN’T ADMIT WE WERE MISTAKEN IN THIS NIGHT OF MY DEVISING NEVER LIVE AND NEVER DYING EACH ESCAPE I’VE NEVER TAKEN NEVER DREAM AND NEVER WAKEN… SOMEWHERE SOMEONE’S LOOKING TO DECEIVE AND SOMEWHERE YOUNG MEN DIE AND CHILDREN BLEED AND SOMEWHERE SOME HAVE TOO MUCH WHILE OTHERS NEED AND SOMEWHERE SOMEONE’S LOOKING TO BELIEVE AND… (Tran-Do sees himself as a snake oil salesman selling the same lies that he was sold in a carnival barker’s voice.) COME ONE COME ALL WELCOME TO THE WORLD’S GREATEST ENTERTAINMENT SINCE THE FALL OF ROME LIFE, DEATH VICTIMS, VOYEURS THE BEST OF SOCIETY THE LOWEST OF PLEBEIANS AND TO KEEP IT ALL IN EXTREMELY INTERESTING, TODAY’S PATRONS COULD VERY EASILY BE TOMORROW’S ENTERTAINMENT ALL COMPLIMENTS OF THE ULTIMATE SHOWMAN FATE ALL THAT’S MISSING IS THE COLISEUM !!!!!!!! (Tran-Do turns away from the apparition of himself as a snake oil salesman, and once more looks into the abyss.) DID YOU EVER WALK UP TO THE EDGE OF A CLIFF STARE INTO THE ABYSS AS YOUR MIND WONDERS IF YOU SHOULD TAKE ONE MORE STEP FURTHER INTO THAT NIGHT WELL YOUR MIND SAYS YOU WON’T BUT YOUR HEART SAYS YOU MIGHT WOULD YOU FALL THROUGH THE DARK FEEL THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR WOULD YOU EMBRACE THE GROUND AND END YOUR LIFE RIGHT THERE OR WOULD GOD REACH HIS HAND AND THAT MOMENT YOU FLY OR IF HE CHANCED TO BLINK AND THEN, THAT MOMENT YOU DIE YOU DIE YOU DIE YOU DIE ... STARE INTO THE DARK AS THE ABYSS KEEPS CALLING TRY TO TAKE A STEP BUT THEN THE MIND KEEPS STALLING CAN A SINGLE QUESTION JUST GO ON FOREVER AS A SINGLE THOUGHT GOES ON IT’S NOW OR NEVER STARE INTO THE DARK AS THE ABYSS KEEPS CALLING TRY TO TAKE A STEP BUT THEN THE MIND KEEPS STALLING CAN A SINGLE QUESTION JUST GO ON FOREVER AS A SINGLE THOUGHT GOES ON IT’S NOW OR NEVER NEVER REALLY TOOK MUCH NEVER REALLY HAD TO ONLY HAD A SMALL CRUSH PROBLEM WAS THAT IT GREW NEVER REALLY TOOK MUCH NEVER REALLY HAD TO ONLY HAD A SMALL CRUSH PROBLEM WAS THAT IT GREW BE WHO YOU ARE WHAT YOU WERE WHAT THEY SEE FROM ETERNITY’S VIEW TELL ME WHICH ONE IS ME CAN YOU… BE WHO YOU ARE WHAT YOU WERE WHAT THEY SEE FROM ETERNITY’S VIEW TELL ME WHICH ONE IS ME ON THIS NIGHT KEEP ME CLOSE ON THIS NIGHT BREATHE MY AIR ON THIS NIGHT HOLD ME TIGHT FEEL MY HEART BEATING THERE ON THIS NIGHT KEEP ME CLOSE ON THIS NIGHT BREATHE MY AIR ON THIS NIGHT HOLD ME TIGHT FEEL MY HEART BEATING THERE ON THIS NIGHT KEEP ME CLOSE ON THIS NIGHT BREATHE MY AIR ON THIS NIGHT HOLD ME TIGHT FEEL MY HEART BEATING THERE… DID YOU EVER WALK UP TO THE EDGE OF A CLIFF STARE INTO THE ABYSS AS YOUR MIND WONDERS IF YOU SHOULD TAKE ONE MORE STEP FURTHER INTO THAT NIGHT WELL YOUR MIND SAYS YOU WON’T BUT THEN THIS ALL IS YOUR LIFE YOUR LIFE YOUR LIFE THIS ALL IS YOUR LIFE YOUR LIFE YOUR LIFE THIS ALL IS YOUR LIFE YOUR LIFE YOUR LIFE THIS ALL IS YOUR LIFE YOUR LIFE YOUR LIFE THIS ALL IS YOUR… IS YOUR LIFE IS YOUR LIFE IS YOUR LIFE IS YOUR...LIFE   From the Night Castle Album by Trans Siberian Orchestra...

Topic by Goodhart 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


might be interested solar powered led only 1,2,3,4 leds 2 AA cost less than 10 dollars. address both sides.

Sorry about too much up on Question in a nutshell these are great If enough people are interested I would be happy to show you how. I know its simple I am as new to electronics that there is but computers whiz just boring. Electronic could never get boring thats were real me do electronics. The difference between mine and the $149 ones is they have flaws that make them not good enough. its so simple once you do it right so bare with me I am disabled and my brain slowed down but see for yourself.

Question by caissex2 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


LED light

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 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Light up the night - can't access

I wanted to take a look at the Light Up the Night contest entries but just got an error message.  Just wanted to let you know in case no one had reported it earlier.

Topic by merumore 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Brake lights

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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


my camcorder doesnt have 0-lux capability, but sees the infared bulb lit, but not the light it emits, what is it seeing? Answered

My camcorder is a vixia hv30 and it can sense the strobe of an infared source (ie the tv remote) but not the light it emits. is there an invisible light source i can use with this camera?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Artificial plant light??

So I am trying to crate artificial light for plants at night. I would like to have an IC that can switch during a certain number of hours at night. I want the IC to turn on around lets say 1900 with red leds and a few hours later blue leds come on. I also what to put a LDR on it that way it turns off in the moring when the sun rises. I have looked on here and couldn't find anything with an ic that can do that any suggestions would be much appreciated

Question by dominick.j.pezza 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


What is the sensor in the night light for it to turn off during daylight and on during night time?

I just saw this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-CLOCK-cum-NIGHT-LAMP/ I just thought of an idea not to waste my battery so that is why i am asking what is the sensor called my night light looks like this http://www.google.com.ph/imglanding?q=Omni+LED+night+light&um;=1&hl;=en&sa;=N&rlz;=1C1DVCC_enPH364PH364&tbs;=isch:1&tbnid;=wNfOs1_LTi0egM:&imgrefurl;=http://www.mchomedepot.com/index.php%253Froute%253Dproduct/product%2526manufacturer_id%253D104%2526product_id%253D6346&imgurl;=http://www.mchomedepot.com/image/cache/data/2800510000037-500x500.jpg&ei;=s6OITZyBJYHSuwPty8yCDg&zoom;=1&w;=500&h;=500&iact;=hc&oei;=s6OITZyBJYHSuwPty8yCDg&page;=1&tbnh;=162&tbnw;=162&start;=0&ved;=1t:429,r:3,s:0&biw;=1600&bih;=799 i'm asking what is the middle part of it :D and sorry for my bad english :D

Question by tobyscool 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do I conctruct a powerful night vision flashlight?

I want to build a powerful night vision flashlight that is capable of producing a bright enough beam of light that it will travel at least 75 yards or so. I want to use this light for hunting wild hogs at night. The light needs to be visible to humans but not to animals. I want to try to build one instead of spending thousands on some of those fancy ones .It only needs to be transported to and from the stand so it does not have to be a light hand held flashlight. I am wondering if some kind of night vision Q Beam is possible. That would be perfect. It is fine if the unit is heavy due to batteries or whatever because it will be transported by a four wheeler. Any help that you may be able to give will be much appreciated. Thanks

Question by userlot 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Assist in my prototype. Motion on/off light bar.

I have found a couple of  tid bits here and there to help get me started but I was curious if there happened to be someone out there that could help me build it by conversing via email, web chat,  collaboration .. I want to create a light bar that turns on when you hit the first sensor and turns off when you hit the end.  I have more ideas for it but I was hoping for an assistant if possible.

Topic by SirTurner 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to modify a night light to use led

I am trying to add creepy light up eyes to a tree monster.  I have a couple red led assemblies and thought instead of a switch to turn them on and off...I could just use an old night light with it's photocell and modify it to use the led assemblies and then it would turn off with the change in daylight. Unfortunately, I am a bit perplexed how to achieve this...I can't seem to get them photocell to work...when i connect the battery, the led lights come on, whether it's light or dark. Please help!

Topic by boba-brett 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Wanting to make a switchable IR night light

Every night I come home, I have to open my garage door manually and park my motorcycle. When the garage closes, its dark and I tend to bump into my cycles exhaust burning myself. Yeah pretty funny. Anyways I had an idea, since I already had an arduino uno board and an IR Sensor and emitter, I wanted to make a trigger-able light switch. But I wanted my IR reader to run on AC, like a night light. At the press of a button from my emitter, the IR would pick up the codes and my light would turn on. Is this possible? Some people say, just buy a motion sensor and plug it in, I say i'll just salvage it for parts and try to make my own. Whats the fun in buying it, when I could build it with parts I already have. I mean, I know AC is dangerous, if not viable, then I could resort to a 9v with a power capacitor so long as it doesn't drain my 9v instantly.

Topic by bprins 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


I have a rope light on an exterior staircase.w a 120 VAC timer. Lights stay on all night. Need motion & lite sensor. Answered

The lights need only come on at night and when motion is detected. Sensors need to be at the top & bottom of staircase. They need to stay on for as long as it takes a Senior Citizen to climb 15 stairs.

Question by velcro2 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Light Sensor identification?

Hello all, I've just started a project and found a spare light sensor in a Megabrite LED Color Changing Night Light. However I am a complete novice and do not know how I use this specific light sensor. So here's the question: Are all light sensors the same? Can i just use any lightsensor 'ible or do I need specifics for this sensor? And if so, does anyone know how I can figure out what the light sensor is? Thanks for any help.

Question by Renagade 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Making night vision goggles

I have read and watched a couple of videos about making night vision involving welding masks, sun glasses, digital cameras ect.  i was tempted to make the sun glasses attached with lcd lights, but the brightness may be a issue.   I thought of doing it with a pair of goggles like snowboarding goggles with the red and blue paper but im not sure how i would house  the power supply for led's.      What i would like to do is get a webcam and make it inferred and add extra Led lights, and situate this on top of the goggles visor then because i have a broken PSP (i say broke someone stole the battery and i just haven't used it in 2 years) wire that to the camera if possible so the PSP receives the picture and can power the LED's and camera. Then make a housing for it to sit in front of the visor.   That would make a great pair of goggles to go paint balling with. If that isn't possible what would be better using the red and blue paper, removing the the webcam internals and fill the housing with led's powered by a battery, Still situated on the top of the goggles.    Or taping a digital camera instead of the PSP camera to it.   What would have better quality for inferred? There's no point me demolishing a camera or a PSP if adding paper to the lens does as good of a job

Question by Lloyd;) 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Starry String Lights?

Hi all, first time poster, hoping I am putting it in the right spot. Last night my wife brought home these awesome "Starry String lights" from Restoration Hardware (http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod1730031). They look fantastic in the house, but she tells me they are REALLY expensive per foot. I was wondering if anyone out there in the community has ever done a DIY version of these lights and if so, would you mind sharing your technique? I would love to string these in several locations but don't want to pay the outrageous price for them! Thanks in advance, Jake

Topic by ignoreLander 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


remote control light

I'm working on a sort of a scavenger hunt thing. Night time on an outdoor trail. For one station I would like to have a set-up where a seeker would press a button (like a doorbell) which would light an LED, telling them where to look. I know that I could connect a battery, a button, and some sort of a light using actual wire, but it would be great if I could do this wirelessly. It would only have to work over a short distance (a few dozen feet at most) and only for one evening. I'm not especially electronics-savvy, but I work well with instructions. I'd appreciate any leads!!!

Topic by Purple Chez 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Day/Night sensor with 3hour delay?

Hi! I need to build a circuit for a friend. He has a billboard that needs to be lighted every night, but it needs to be lighted only for about three hours (until he closes shop).  The only problem is, there is no way to get mains power to the billboard, so we figured that we'd set a small 12v battery, solar cells, and some led tape, that would be enough.  Now all i need is a 12v circuit that would detect low-light conditions (night) and would turn on a timer which would turn off the whole circuit after 3 hours. I searched the net and my local electronics stores, but couldn't find a circuit that would suit my needs...  So any help would be greatly appreciated!

Question by Hrenowsky 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago



Solar Light box

Hi, I would like to make a lightbox and charge it from a Solar cell . I saw a 5v ledstrip online , but I am wondering wich battery and wich Solar cell I have to buy? I mean how much voltage en watt does this ledstrip need? Wich diode do I need?  Another question: I want the Solar cell to charge during the day and I need it's power during the night , do I have to do something special with it ? I mean in the most cases you will have the energie richt away, that is not my plan .... I rather not use an on and of switch , I want to use it automaticaly.    I  just started with the diy adventure? Forgive me :)  greetings deborah

Topic by DeborahM8 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Can anyone really make legitimate night vision using a camera view finder?

I've seen tons of hacks with theatrical gel sheets and high powered IR lights, but is it possible to amplify the light from a view finder and make actual night vision, not a "night vison flash light" but somewhat, military grade night vision.

Question by Houston1 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Reviews : Motherboard Clock-Cum-Night Dim Arc Light !

Hi, I have created motherboard clock- cum- night dim arc light using old computer and mobile phone parts. Looking for some reviews and tips.  Please suggest. www.instructables.com/id/Motherboard-Clock-Cum-Night-Dim-Arc-Light-/ Thanks Richi

Topic by RichiV 3 years ago


Eyeclops night vision 2 review

              I haven't used the eyeclops night vision 1, so I can't make any comparisons. From the photographs, you can see two sets of lights on either side and a ring of leds around the camera lens. When in low power or "stealth" mode, only the lights on the sides are on. In the dark, the glow very dimly, you have to be 3 feet or less to see  them glow and it's still very dim. When in long range mode, the lights on the sides turn off, replaced by the circle of lights in the middle. These are clearly visible at close range, even in daytime, although still with less intensity as a red led. The knob toward the eyepiece is for adjustment of eye. I don't see what it does. The knob on the end near the camera adjusts focus. Seeing things at long range clearly and close range clearly require different adjustments. It's real infrared technology. You can switch between "military" and "spy" The difference between "military" and "spy isn't much. One of them is normal, infrared vision, and the other applies a green layer, making it seem like the view from COD. The 6 knobs along the middle don't do anything.  It uses 7.5 volts using 5 AA batteries. There there is only one LCD, despite it claiming dual LCD technology. The skirt on the eyepiece is detachable. The strap feels pretty cheap, I plan on making it into a head light sort of thing later with paracord or elastics. Objects appear closer and you have no peripheral vision though. The latter problem is something all night vision goggles have. Overall, it's not a bad deal for a $50 toy. The most annyoing thing is that the dials are a bit loose, so running or shaking them makes a rattling sound, giving away your position if you were doing covert sneaking around or playing a prank.        This is useful for scanning an area in the dark without revealing your location. It's also useful for night spying. What this toy cannot do is read words or anything in detail the size of words. Although navigation is possible, the lack or peripheral vision is a problem. Possible Mods: Add an airsoft or rc car battery to replace the 5 AA batteries. The half near the eye piece can be cut off I think. You would have to add a new compartment for the batteries though and the light from the LCD would leak out. I would add a strap of two so you can use it hands free. I would also attach a smal telescope or lens backward so objects appear normal distance. The peripheral vision problem could hypothetically be solved the same way people make DIY fisheye lenses. Extra infrared LEDs flashlights and other lights could be added around a house, allowing you to cover up the lights, not exposing your position. Another idea is infrared led throwies. They would function like NATO infrared glow sticks, allowing people to track a certain target or where to fire.

Topic by starwing123 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


"Joule Thief" LED Night Light Kit & PCB

UPDATE: Everything is shipping now. My instructable is here: "Joule Thief" LED Night Light  Check out the new color changing Joule Thief! KIT Pricing is $10.50 for the kit. Kit 5 Pack Save by ordering 5 packs for $39! PCB Pricing is $4.50 for the PCB. Shipping is $5 for USA, $17 for the rest of the world. *** NOTE: The color of the PCB will be green instead of purple shown in some of the pictures. *** Payment To order, please go to my site - http://www.theledart.com/blog/archives/259. Click on "Add to cart" button and check out via PayPal. Please send messages or leave comments here if you have questions. Thanks!

Topic by ledartist 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


September Build Night with Lumi

No more spaces available Check out these resources for hosting a build night! SEPTEMBER BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Lumi, the creator of a new DIY alternative to screen printing which uses photographic print dyes on textiles and natural materials, for our September 2013 build night. Sign up and we will ship you a package that includes: (1) Print Fabric with Light kit (color tbd) (1) 16oz bottle of Inkodye (color tbd) (1) Inkofilm (sufficient materials for 15-20 people) HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a night in September (any night) to host the workshop. Since Lumi needs light to work - we suggest hosting your workshop during a time with daylight. At the event create projects using materials from the Lumi kit. Post 2 Instructables: post 2 step-by-step Instructables using the Lumi products. Anyone from your space is welcome to post an Instructable that counts towards the 2. (Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights). Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from the May build night: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. RESOURCES: Lumi Instructables Lumi.co Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list. ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month is a different theme and we will send you materials to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.

Topic by Carleyy 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Reviews : Motherboard Clock- Night Dim Arc Light !

Hi, Please refer to https://www.instructables.com/id/Motherboard-Clock-Cum-Night-Dim-Arc-Light-/ These are created using old computer and mobile phone parts. Please do feel free to express any types tips  or suggestion you  would  like to give. Thanks, Richi

Topic by RichiV 3 years ago


Iphone IR nightvision

I have been thinking of using my iphone 4 as an IR nightvision device. I have read that some of the Iphones have IR blockers built in. Does anyone know if the Iphone 4 can see IR light, and if it cant is their a way to make it? Thanks

Topic by strykerX_X 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


video source on a Hacked Camcorder CRT

Hi all i have hacked up an old camcorder to get the CRT off it and i am trying to make a scope for my buddy in the reserves, i cant seem to get the video source to work.. ive seen people play gamecube and all kinds on them and i tried using a cut up wire from a dvd player output to it but no luck.. please help  ive managed to find out that the pink and red wire are my positive and negative so i can light the screen

Topic by phunky_phantom 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Painting with Light at the Halloween party

My friend Zack and I set up a light painting station on one corner of the deck at last night's Halloween party. We had some flashlights and some LEDs to play with and a lot of the images came out pretty good.Check out the full flickr set.

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


"Joule Thief" LED Night Light Kit is Now Shipping

Thank you so much for those who pre-ordered the kits! I have shipped all orders now, and the kits are in stock. New orders will be shipped within 2 days. To purchase, please go to http://www.theledart.com/blog/night-joule-thief. Please see this post for the pricing and more: https://www.instructables.com/community/Joule-Thief-LED-Night-Light-Kit-PCB/ Thanks!

Topic by ledartist 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


bike light design help

Im trying to design a new light for night riding im using a 7 led array in the neighborhood of 1500lm with a 30deg wide beam of light but ive hit a bump in the road and would like some guidance in it so far my pictures are only a rough draft per say 

Topic by Pchefin 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


LED Christmas Lights?

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 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Why are some 7-watt night light bulbs much brighter than other 7-watt bulbs?

 

Question by brab 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


LED Suit of light

Hi, I am looking to build a fancy dress costume, and have approximately 12 months to make my costume :) What I would like to build is a replica of the following (or something similar): http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/02/night-snowboarding-in-an-led-suit-is-mesmerising-to-watch/ I have searched for flexible fabric with woven LEDs, i have also searched several suppliers on Alibaba for flexible led mesh screens but nothing seems to be quite suitable. I think, for this, i would maybe be best off building the suit from strips of waterproof 5050 SMDs like this: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/615439688/business_agent_smd_505_led_strip.html Power would be in the form of the biggest 12V power supply I can find. The only problem here is that at full brightness, the suit is going to consume A LOT of juice... I have seen this costume which is similar in construction, except all the LEDs twinkle (like TV static): www.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DLal9uma1iVc&ei;=nwgtUNT7B6_Z0QXekYGwDA&usg;=AFQjCNENmYUCu_AwYaEAwqAiWSDFRFnUeg&sig2;=FXRYO81ccZavpYyeBsZMyQ This has the added advantage of lower power draw as not all of the LEDs will be on at the same time. I actually much prefer this concept, however I have absolutely no idea where to begin on schematics... Any insights or friendly advice from the experts would be handy, I have a rudimentary knowledge of electronics, and am very handy with soldering. Thanks!

Topic by Zander83 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How many hours of direct sunlight comes from north of the east west line?

We all know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.  And it is true 2 days a year!   The other 363 days it is untrue.  I found a neat little website sollumis.com that  gives a  visual representation  of the sunlight at any day of the year and at any location and  in summer quite a lot comes from the northeast and northwest in the mornings and evenings. (where I live at about 49 degrees north). I thought the rays represented 20 minutes of sun travel originally but now I am not so sure because the hours of daylight in a day do not correspond with the number of degrees of sunlight.  Does anybody know how fast the sun goes down? Does it appear to speed up as it goes down in summer or does it appear at its fastest around noon?  If it goes down faster than it goes at noon then there will be less hours of sun north of the east west line but if it goes slower, there will be more hours of sun north of that line. I would like to know how many hours of light  come from north of the east west line so that I can  give a guesstimate about how much more light my lean away greenhouse collects compared to a lean to.  The various websites are good for giving the sun up and sundown times and angles but none I have found give the corresponding times for the sun passing  the east west line in morning and evening. It is a tricky question and I can make a physical model to figure it out but maybe someone already knows the answer. In the diagram the sunrise is 5.11 am and sunset is 9.17 pm and the sun rises at 52 degrees and goes down at 308 degrees.  The degrees divided by 360 do not tally with the hours divided by 24  0.67 for the hours and 0,71 for the degrees. Thanks for any help Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Ornament Patch Giveaway: Lights!

UPDATE: Giveaway is closed! With all the trees in place we need some lights to shine on in the night. So... Post a new comment with a picture of lights and get a patch. Never added an image to a comment before? At the bottom of the comment box, click "add image," then click "Choose Files." Pick your image and click "Upload" Giveaway ends at 5pm PST! Get it in by then to get a patch.

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I need help creating a light circuit for my car. can anyone help?

Lately, I have felt that when driving at night that Im having a hard time seeing things. Ive put 8000k HID bulbs in but yet im still having problems seeing. So I figured if I put in OEM fog lights then I could have 4 8000K HID bulbs rather than 2. twice the bulbs twice the light. my problem is that I already have LED fog lights on my car. They are offset style which I prefer over having fog lights under the head lights. I want to keep my LED fog lights and add new OEM fog lights. I only want the OEM fog lights to light when when the head lights are on and the LED fogs to light any other time only if the head lights are off ive already ordered the OEM fog lights so how can i design a circuit that can do this?

Question by fastcar123 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Floppy Disk Bag, Mushroom Night Light, Giant Gummi

Floppy Disk Bag Mushroom Night Light Giant Gummi Ikea Bowl Speakers Ping Pong Ball Lights Homemade Didgeridoo 5-Minute Ice Cream Cargo Scarf String Lantern Burger Recipes How to Freeze Blueberries Domo-Kun Backpack Campfire Toasting Fork Great Mozzarella Cheese Simple Wall Illusion

Topic by randofo 8 years ago


Instructables Build Night: littleBits

We down at the TechShop in Chandler, AZ have been eyeing littleBits since they first showed up on Kickstarter a couple of years ago... and boy did we ever luck out!!!  Thanks to Instructables & littleBits, we are now proud owners of FOUR Deluxe Kits and several of littleBits' brand new At Heart modules.  How? You might ask... Well Instructables runs a wonderful program referred to as Instructables Build Nights, where they and a sponsor send maker spaces, schools, libraries or other learning institutions a box of goodies (like littleBits) in return for hosting a build night.  The build night is sort of a free for all to make stuff with whatever they send you, and in our case - it was open to everyone, especially kids.  At the end of the build night, you submit three or more instructables for what you came up with during the allotted time.  Fantastic, right?! So, what was our Build Night experience like?  Well, when I got the box - I jumped up and down like a kid who just found out they were going to Disney World... and shouted "hooray Instructables! hooray littleBits!!!" and ran around telling everyone in the shop that they had arrived! I pulled them out and demonstrated how they worked to curious members who passed by, and the interest started to snowball from there. I went to the local thrift stores and found a bag of K'nex (awesome!), craft supplies, odds n ends, and pulled out the small shop supply of Legos.  I spread everything out and hung a sign above, telling people to PLAY!  Everyone was very excited for the event.  Our members with families appreciate anything that can help them involve their kids in making early on. The evening of Build Night, I commandeered two of our shop tables.  I set up one with a few laptops (for Arduino programming), and on the other I dumped out all of the littleBits.   To the side I made a utility cart FULL of the aforementioned thrifted accoutrements. We had parents with kids from 5-16 come in, as well as curious members coming by to get a little break from their projects by playing!  It was fantastic.  One of our guests made an animated scene, that looked like a mini backdrop for a play or puppet show.  One kid was completely taken by the buzzer, which was hilarious. We made a toy ferris wheel turn, a little roadster go, and lots of stuff light up... like el-wire fairy crowns!  We came up with a few instructables as well, like this animated guy and this little dune buggy. I am still working on the last one, a game show buzz-in system involving arduino - that is a little more complicated than the other two... but it is coming soon. ;) Build Night was a hit.  We've already had numerous requests to run a littleBits party once a month!  We're developing specific programming for kids using littleBits, focusing more on how electronics work and the science behind the Bits!  I can't wait to get more sets and watch our members continue to experiment with them! We feel so fortunate to have been given these sets, what an incredible gift!  Thanks so much Instructables and littleBits! From all of us at TechShop Chandler, YOU ROCK!  <3

Topic by coercionette 4 years ago


Will a live ethernet LAN port (non-PoE) light an LED?

Question by vitiated 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


6v dc./sla. down to 3v dc to power a 1w.Duracell led flashlight that normally runs on 2 aa batteries or 12v to 3v.

This set up is for a bike light, I have access to a 6v sla. batt. that came from a larger flood light that was useless because of the power sucking halogen bulb,approx 15 min. run time.it also has its own charging circuit and a separate circuit for a single led night light.I tried looking up resistor values,but get confused cause i'm getting different answers from different sites ! LOOSING MY MIND ! HELP ! thanks oh..I use the night light circuit to power a red led flashing bike light for the rear.

Question by robin67 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Cool Neon Build Night at the Taipei Hackerspace

Hi everyone, Just checking in from Taipei Hackerspace. We have just finished out Build Night last weekend. It was 5-6 of us hacking away on electro-luminescent wire projects. Started in the afternoon, fortunately got dark by the time we had anything to try. The results are: [Hack] light into the night, and maybe even party Simple neon display, or pimped up to be light beats for music Galloping horse display Animated display, go horsie go! There are more photos on our Facebook page. It was fun, with some lessons learned: * I should have checked out the hardware we get before the event, had to scramble to find some example code for the Cool Neon Shield, how to use it * the Shield behaves a bit weird, when the driver is used in the "on" setting (as opposed to "blink"), the light "latches" - once the arduino turns it on, it won't turn off until the power is removed. Worked around this by using things in blink mode, but not idea * will have to use a wall-plug driver for the shield later, as the batteries are not powerful enough to make it look good when more than one EL wire is on (it's brighter on the pictures/video than with eyes). * people love things that light up :) Cheers! Greg

Topic by taipeihackerspace 5 years ago


Indoor Garden Ideas (or Night Gardening!)

Hello everyone! First off, I love gardening, but over the past few years I've become sensitive to light.  I am now unable to go out into the sun for longer than 30 minutes without some extremely strong sunscreen, and sunscreen only prevents my skin symptoms.  So my outdoor gardening days are: 1. Over  2. Limited to 30 Minute Sessions. I read the Ikea Aquascape Instructable, and I am currently growing some plants for my father's aquarium.  I also want to try the Garden Inside a Ball Instructable as soon as I find a ball to use. Are there any other indoor garden ideas that I can use? I have a pittie that loves to run around and knock things over with his tail, and a German Shepherd that we're watching while the owners continue to not claim him, and he is losing his eyesight so he tends to bump into things. There are a lot of great mini garden ideas, but a lot of them require counter space or tables that we can't provide at the moment. Or maybe some night gardening ideas?  Has anyone written an Instructable on gardening for people with vampirism, *cough*, polymorphous light eruption? I would really love some creative ideas.  Maybe a sturdy indoor window box?

Topic by kimmydesigns 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago