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Bottle lamp: LED or alternative lighting guide Answered


I have an idea for a project of turning an old bottle, most like a Sailoy Jerry's bottle into a mood lamp. I was thinking about using a set of LEDs, but not sure how bright this would be, are there any alternatives? Such as some form of free floating components that uses solar poer to charge during the day then illuminates at night? Or anything similiar along these lines.

Furthermore, if I go with the LED method, I'm going to need to learn how to build the circuit. I'm fine at soldering, (did an Electronics class at school, forgot most of it though). So can anybody describe the basic circuit I need to build or point me to a good guide for learning?

Thanks, Josh.

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schumi23
schumi23

9 years ago

Well, not sure if its just there for coloring, or also for... lighting, but something i made (as part of a larger project that should one day be up here :) ) is this:

I found an empte transparent bottle (O.K. I... plundered several of the ones that were sitting on a table for free) added some more water to it, added some highlighted fluid to it, and set it aside.

Then, I drilled a hole in the cap (The dremel was probably overkill... but... Power Tools!) put a UV LED through it, on which i had already soldered a resistor appropriate for the power supply that would be used (I was useing an old cell phone charger) (you can use http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz to find an appropriate resistor value... if you are to lasy to use ohms law ( V=I*R | R=V/I ) (O, and i am too. I do not beleive i have ever used it... )

Then, i put the LED through the hole i drilled in the cap (It should fit snugly) then put a little hot glue, so that the water would not come out.

The highlighter fluid reacts to the UC light, which emits a small amount of light.


Also, there are many different liquids you could put in the bottle. The way it is made here allows you to remove the bottle cap, and so change the contained liquid. (Club soda glows blue. The highlighter fluid glows green)


PS: From some questions i have gotten from friends: To get the highlighter fluid in the bottle, i took a hammer, hit a highlighter, removed the plastic, took the ink part, and squeezed it in the bottle using needle nose pliers. (I do not *think* that is a run-on sentence... though i might be influenced from reading Dickens: Who has several hundred word sentences.'

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Oh, that sounds impressive!

I hope you took pictures - that would make a great instructable.

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schumi23
schumi23

Reply 9 years ago

I cant take all the credit: it was (heavily) inspired by this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd3hzYAJzOo&w

It is going to be in an instructable on how to make those. (That person has a dislike of instructables... How is that possible?)

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Josh519
Josh519

Reply 9 years ago

Thanks, good idea with the highlighted fluid!

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Josh519
Josh519

Reply 9 years ago

Yeah that looks great

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Kiteman
Kiteman

9 years ago

Kitewife made a nice lamp just by filling a vase with pinecones and a string of LED Christmas lights.