Light graffiti warfare

There have been many cool animations done with light graffiti, but this one by Freddie Wong is the first I've seen that takes an action movie approach. Check it out. Related: Painting with Light LED Light Drawing Pens via Neatorama Behind the scenes:

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Light Bulb Lamps

Oh what to do with the light bulb now that you're basking in the efficient glow of your CFLs? Well, you could convert them into these light bulb lamps as Sergio Silva has done. It's a pretty sweet item with neodymium magnets holding them in place on an included acrylic plate with embedded bits of steel.However, the price tag is $650 for the set which is pretty flippin' ridiculous for what can be remade with scrap and $10 of materials, if that. To be fair, the light bulbs Silva makes are sturdier than the regular item, are all made by the original artist, and are limited to a run of 66. So you're buying some design-y street cred before they get knocked off and sold for one-tenth the price. Linkvia bbgadgets

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Christmas Outdoor Lights

Trying to avoid electricity as much as possible.  Haven't found a phosphorous type solution with a long enough life to make it practical.  Have I missed a paint or light that last?  Other ideas?

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RGB Light strip

Situation solved-----thanks for the advice!   Thank you, Kyle

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Bottled light in the Philipines

There's a novel, simple idea spreading in the Philipines - using bottles of water as skylights. The concept is staggeringly simple - slum dwellings are dark, and need light, even in the daytime. Though they have electricity, it is the most expensive in the area, so they can't afford to use powered lights. Instead, they use water. A two-litre bottle of water, with a little bleach to prevent algal growth, is set into a section of metal sheeting, which in turn is set into the roofs of dwellings, workshops, even chicken-coops.  The water-bottle refracts the light in all directions, instead of letting it shine through in a single beam, and provides as much illumination as a traditional 60W bulb. OK, so this is old news to some people, but it's new to me. For more information, have a look at the Litre of Light website, or just have a poke around Google and YouTube.

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Spread LED light?

I'm having trouble using an LED to light up a vase. I have frosted a vase and was hoping to get a blue led to light it up from putting it in the bottom of the vase and give it a sort of blue glow, however, it is just not working. I can still see a big concentration of light where the LED is and towards the top of a small vase (maybe 8 inches?), there isn't much light. Is there a particular LED feature I should be looking at? Certain type? Certain voltage? etc? I was hoping the sunjar tutorial would shed some light (no pun intended) but it really didn't help much for my project. I was trying to get an effect similar to:http://www.westcoastmall.net/images/GS68.jpg or maybe http://www.vibride.com/images/photoalbum/38/ostrichfeather.jpgany ideas?

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Fluorescent lighting scultpure?

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

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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.

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Mosaics and Lead lighting.

Hi all. I am  a new member with tons of creativity inside me. I create stuff from other peoples junk. For many years I have wanted to turn my hand at Mosaics and Lead Lighting. I want to create a beach scene in Mosaic of Shoalwater Bay/ Penquin Island which is near Rockingham, Western Australia. I already have painted a 16 foot by 7 mural of this idyllic part of the world on my lounge room wall. Looks magnificent. I want the mosaic to be at least 4 feet by 3 feet. How do I stop the mosaic from sliding off the mounting board? Do I drill a myriad of small hole into the board so as to give the medium purchase? Also I want to make Lead Light full window coverings, from 2 feet square up to 4 feet square. Are there any members who would like to give me some clues on how to begin? In researching accessibility of stain glass I have not had a lot of success here in Perth, Australia. Maybe I need to go to junk yards? Thank you for reading my request. Anticipation is high that I will actually begin creating my creations. Bretrick

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setting default mode or light pattern on commercial rope lights?

I have purchased a commercial LED rope light which has about 8 selectable light pattern by pressing a tack switch in series.  Problem is everytime the rope light is unplugged then switched back on it always defaults to the first pattern.  Is there an easy way of setting a default patter other than the first light pattern?

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Change pendant light bulb?

I have three teardrop pendant lights over my counter; one light bulb burnt out. I tried to change the bulb but it does not screw in - not sure what type of bulb this is? Really, I've changed light bulbs forever, but can't figure this one out. Search You Tube and DIY for a video but only found typical light bulbs or recessed lights. Your help is much appreciated.

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solar light to laser beam ?

Hello, would it be possible to concentrate solar light so to form a laser beam ? In other words would it be possible to apply laser light principles to basic solar light with the help of optics of some sort ?

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Super Bright Night Light

Who makes the brightest night light?

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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.

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LED light bar installation?

Would placing it on the back bottom of an iron railing that outlines a rooftop bar be ok? how far does it beam up? We were hoping people from the street (15 stories down) could see it, and would it be too bright for those standing close or obstruct the view of the city? Thanks so much!!

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Automated Garage Door light?

I would like to install a light when my garage door is opening (it's an automated door). This light would be useful for me to actually see how to reverse my car in the garage. Does anybody know what components I should use? I would like to have the light trigger when the garage motor switches on and then keep on running for some minutes after it finishes. I have some knowledge in electronics and electricity. Also what would be cool is if the light only switches on when it's dark.?

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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!

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Underwater, Ambient, Aquarium Lighting

I am building a DIY foam/crete background for my cichlid tank and would like to run LEDs underwater as ambient lighting under ledges etc. I want to run lines with single lights placed strategically in the background. Any thoughts on how I might approach this inexpensively?

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Good LED Lights for Terrariums?

I'd like to buy cheaply or make a LED light for a terrarium cover, I'd like for it to be something good for the plants, but since the whole thing is supposed to be a display piece, the red/blue plant-lights aren't really going to cut it, I want it to be visually close to white light. (If that means some 'wasted' light in the green part of the spectrum, then so be it.)   Any suggestions? Some white LEDs seem to at least roughly cover the needed spectrum, if in the wrong proportions, but I'm not sure if that'll do it for me. I'd appreciate advice from anyone who's done a project like this.  Thanks!

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Lights inside glass block

I have painted several glass blocks for a craft show.  When I put the lights inside and turn the block back over, all the lights fall right to the bottom of the block and the top of the block is not lit.  I see yours are lit and most of the ones I see are lit up top.  I tried glue dots which only stuck to my nails instead of the glass block.  Any suggestions?

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Help with T5 Fluorescent Light

I'm adding a 9" T5 UV light to a small project I'm making. I found a cheap G6T5 Bulb and a Ballast but when I went to purchase the Sockets for it, I ran into a problem. The Bi-pin T5 sockets come in Shunted & Non Shunted and I have no idea which one I need. What is the difference and how would I tell which one to buy to finish my light? Once I have all this I'll have to figure out how to wire the thing. But first I need to know which sockets I need to buy. THANKS!!

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Stretch lighted columns for a wedding? Answered

Does anyone know an easy/inexpencive way to make some stretch lighted columns? I would like to make a few for the backdrop of my wedding, but not sure of a good way to go about doing it. And they are way to expencive to go and buy. The ones I like can be seen at http://www.stumpsprom.com/prom/Luminescent-Pedestal-Column.cfm?caid=1044059I would like if at all possiable them to have the ability to collapse down for easy transport and storage. Thank you in advance for any help!

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LED Light Box Help!

Hey, I am very new to crafting things using LED's and stuff, but I want to get in to it, and have set myself a project as I need a lightbox for drawing/tracing for work. I want to make a A3 (29mm7 × 420 mm) sized box, with the aim to keep it as slim as possible. So I know that I need to use LED's because they are small and bright, I have been looking at white ones. I also know that I need some sort of frosted perspex to diffuse the light and keep the coverage of light even. That is important. A switch is necessary too of course! However I know nothing about what I need to connect the LED's together and how I am to power this. I would prefer to power this with power, but don't know how viable this is with LED's. I would just like a bit of advice of what I actually need then I will probably be able to figure the rest out!  Oh also if could keep the cost under £40 that would be perfect because if it was more, I might aswell just buy one from the shop! Cheers! Will 

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Sense when garage door is open. Light/LED light turns on?

Hi there, I have an automatic garage. But sometimes i forget to close it and it stays open all night. Apart from someone being able to steal stuff, it would also allow an intruder into the house while we are asleep! So what I am looking to do is whenever the door is open, that a light inside the house turns on. My garage door is a panel lift door. My initial thought was to use alarm sensors. One on the wall and one on the door. If the sensors are not near each other, a light in the house should turn on. The serial circuit would look something like the following. GarageDoor > GarageDoorSensor > Less than an inch of air/space > WallFixedSensor > Wire > CentralLogicDeviceWithBattery > Wire > TinyLight/Led. The hardest bit would be what I have called the CentralLogicDeviceWithBattery. I would like to know what parts i would need and which part connects to which part. thank you

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replacing balast in flouresent light fixture?

Looking for instruction on replacing ballast in fluorescent fixture in my kitchen. Also the drop ceiling panels are going to be replaced. How should I cut to fit?

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Cutting off the top of a light bulb

Hello! I'm having a problem and have ruined quite a bit of incandescent light bulbs over it: I need to open the thing just below the thread and I have no idea how. I've tried doing it with an X-acto knife, but it never breaks evenly, and usually, there are tiny cracks along the edge. Anybody out there have experience doing this and any words of wisdom? Thanks in advance :)

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Pendant light: how to make this one

I need a creative lighting solution to replace an old pull chain fixture-there is no switch in the wall to turn it on and off.  I would like to safely build a light similar to the ones pictured.  I have rewired lamps in the past and this seems like it might be a similar project, but with a few adjustments like the addition of strain relief components. I have found several companies that sell keyed sockets with uno threads to attatch shade holders. There are also great reproduction cloth covered wires available. I have 2 great glass 2 1/4" shades I would love to use. Ideally I would like to have 2 lights that can be operated by a key in their sockets so that the can be turned on and off individually.  I would like to run the wires through the same canopy and have them connected to the same box where the previous light was. Can anyone help me with this?

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how to wire a stop light to work with a stereo?

I would liket to work with the beat

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Whippy Light: For Greens Who Like to Blind Themselves

This clever light fixture takes the shape of the CFL and manages to incorporate it very well. Of course, the problem is that this only looks good when it's not lit. Turning ti on to, say, light the room will quickly turn this from a conversation piece into a bright nuisance.Nice idea, tho. Link

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Do I need diffuser for SAD light box?

Most of light boxes I've seen does not seem to have diffuser on them. I guess using UVless leds won't cause problem without diffuser, but doesn't looking at LEDs without diffuser still cause eye problems? IF I do need one, what kind of diffusing method should I use? ALso, does diffusing decrease light intensity? I would like to create 10,000 lux.

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Has anyone created a rotating light blocker tube for a fixture before? Answered

I'm trying to create a slow rotating tube within a tube light blocker for a black light fixture I have. The fixture measures 2inches by 2feet and is a fluorescent tube style. I want to be able to have the outer tube rotate around the light, have a slot cut into it so the light can come out but when it's past the light, the hole is blocked by an inner tube so no light escapes. I figure the RPM would be about 2-4. This is for Halloween. The inner tube would be fixed into position and the light fixture be attached to it. Does any of this make sense? If it does and you know of another project like this, please send me a link.

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Can I use a nightlight's light sensor for a bigger project?

I'd like to build a simple (if that's possible) light in my front hall that will turn ON when I open my front door, and stay on for 15 seconds (I want it to turn off by itself so I don't have to walk back through my apartment to turn it off manually). I thought about using the light sensor from a nightlight because every time I open my front door light pours in from the main hallway; I thought it would be cheaper than a motion detector. Can anyone help with the sensor ,or with the timing

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How do you make light ball with plastic drink cups and christmas lights?

A round ball using clear plastic cups with something to hang it up

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Does anybody know how to fix an economic light bulb from blinking?

I've started changing the light bulbs at home. I want to use economic ones like the one in the picture. The only problem that I have is that when I turn off the light , the bulb starts blinking. I have a power switch similar to the one in the picture. It has a little lamp behind the red dots that goes on when you turn out the light. It helps you find the switch in the dark. I heard from someone that the blinking is related to this lamp. Does anybody know how to fix this? without removing the little lamp in the switch

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since I have free natrual gas how can I build gas lights?

Most of our appliances are running on natrual gas . sometimes the electric goes off .then we are sitting in the dark. I want the gas light for when we have no electric lights

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How thin does porcelain have to be to get light to shine through like a soft glow?

I've been trying to get light to shine through porcelain for a project at college, I think I need to go thinner and fire to a higher temperature (currently gone to 1100'c). So far I've made it about 3mm thick but had no success. Would love any comments or tips for doing this kind of thing. Thanks.

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How remove coating from lightbulb? Answered

Anyone have an idea what the inside of this light bulb is coated with, and how to remove it? It's not the usual white powdery coating. It's darker and a little clearer. I tried the salt method, but it did nothing.

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Is there a way to make a whole heap of lightbars in sequence, so you can run lots of a single, powerful supply?

I love QuackMaster Dan's Instructable, but would ideally want to run about a dozen of these around a dance studio - could it be done with a single power supply?

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Giant Hanging Light Bulb Lamp

I'm wanting to create a giant hanging light bulb lamp, similar to the ones I've uploaded, but I'm not really sure how I would go about doing it. I think I would make it out of plastic. So I would need to create a mold and then make two halves on a vacuum form, but I have no experience doing that. I'm not sure how I would make a mold of a giant light bulb, what materials to use and how to make it. I had thought about maybe cutting something out on a lathe but I don't have a lathe and it seems like it would have to be pretty big. I also thought about paper mache but I was afraid it might be too bumpy and light bulbs are smooth. Also once I have created the vacuum form plastic halves how I would attach them together with out having a large seam show.

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More Old Light Bulb Action!

Instructables users have inspired others yet again. Using LinuxH4x0r's Light Bulb Greenhouse and the dual homemade responses to the $650 Light Bulb Lamp--by bumpus and CYNICALifornia--as a starting point, Treehugger has added to the list of ways to reuse old incandescent light bulbs. Plenty of options to both make something useful and help protect the environment at the same time.Link

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Request: Light up wall switches

I was wanting to know if anyone has made anything like this wall.  http://internetsiao.com/light-up-rocker-switch-art/ If so, please let me know how. I'd really like to make one. 

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Incredible Light Art Perfomance Photography

Sometime the Daily Mail gets it right.Today they linked to a German website called LAPP-PRO.It's a light-graffiti site, but in its purest form - the shots are all untouched. Single, slow exposures, without any digital alterations.People moving with lights, installations, even night-shots of scenes lit with a single torch.The Mail's featured images are amazing, but the slideshows on the website are better.Look to the top of the screen for the controls.LAPP-PRO

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LED Grow lights for indoor plants?

I have a lamp with a couple of multi-color changing LED light bulbs and I was wondering if any of the red/blue combination settings would work well for growing plants indoors? This is a photo of the type of bulb I have.  I have a couple of non-edible plants that I got at a craft store and I was just wondering if this type of bulb would work well and help them grow since I can't get these plants into direct sunlight.  Thank you Instructaverse! 

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Why are there lights under the steps of an escalator? Answered

I was on a escalator and noticed lights underneath the step. Why are they there ?

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How to make a lighted dog collar? Answered

The days are getting shorter and my time at the dog park involves some darkness. I don't want to lose my dogs and I don't want the same lighted collar like everyone else purchased. Lighted collars out there are very limited in style AND expensive.

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add piezo to motion detector light?

How do I add a piezo buzzer to my motion detector light?

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Help with Stranger Things costume lighting

I’m working on a costume of Stranger Things season 1 living room with a string of lights signaling letters of the alphabet. I’m looking for recommendations on a string of lights to purchase that can be programmed in a sequence by the bulb. Ideally, it would be best to have them old fashioned looking and battery powered. This costume is for a 10 year old. Any advice is appreciated.

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Office - Under Desk Accent Lighting? Answered

I have two of the Mikael Ikea desks which I use for my computer setup in my office/bedroom, the room has a four color scheme of red, green black and silver. I was hoping to add accent lighting underneath each of the desks, preferably blue or green. I wanted to know your opinions of what type of lighting or methods to use? Ideally it would cost under 50 pounds.Desk in question : http://s2.thisnext.com/media/230x230_no_border/IKEA-Desks-MIKAEL_51B37A9B.jpg

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