5 Min Usb Table Top Light House




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In this Instructable i'll show you how to make a fun usb table top light house.

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Step 1: Materials

1. scrap construction paper
2. dixie cup
3. scotch tape
4. male usb cable
5. knife or scissors
6. white Christmas light bulb or other small light
7. coffee cup

Step 2: Making the Base

Make one hole on top and one on bottom.

(tip make holes x's)

Step 3: The Electronics

1. strip the usb cable (all we need are the red and black ones).
2. conect the bulb to the wires.
3. secure with tape.
4. test.

Step 4: Lighting the Base

put usb cable light first into bottom hole.
tie a knot to secure.
Put bulb through top hole.

Step 5: Making the House

1. make a 6" diameter circle on construction paper(recommended brown).
2. make into cone shape.
3. secure on dixie cup

Step 6: Putting It All Togetter

1. secure dixie cup on coffee cup.


now test and impress everyone!

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    8 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 7

    1 led super bright like this? i tried with a red led and a yellow led, the led doesnt blow out like this! How do you do that??

    Thank You!

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    Very nice. =D I am considering making a 12v version with a rotating mirror to simulate an actual lighthouse beam. Just a little idea I had. ;]


    11 years ago on Introduction

    The 'out' hole for the usb cable could have been made using a hole puncher, might look better. Or, a little notch cut into the base.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    mmm, I thought this was kind of a greenhouse type of thing, but I could just do some alterations to make a completely self sustaining green house (I live in a pretty winterly climate)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This is really cool! I do suggest that you rotate a few of your pictures. Great idea! :D