A Steampunk Lamp With Muliti Color LEDs

Introduction: A Steampunk Lamp With Muliti Color LEDs

About: I am a home constructor, an inventor and a dreamer. If you ask me who guided me and who inspired me then this people comes in mind: Carl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, James Watt, Thomas Alva Edison, Nicolas Tesla...

If it is light up it looks like a fairy is buzzing around the bulb :-)

It´s an old 200Watt stained bulb where I removed the inner parts.
I replaced the inner parts by 10 RGB LEDs with automatic colour changing.
Yo can mount such a bulb on a stand like picture one or put it into a nice box like on licture two.

Have fun and lets see how to build it.

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Step 1: The Parts...

  • An old bulb (never again throw bulbs away) ;-)
  • Colour changing LEDs
  • Some small aluminium tubes (used for the end of flexible wires)
  • Some copper fittings an tubes
  • A switch
  • A battery holder
  • Some wires
  • Some glue
  • Two component clay
  • Shrinking hose

Step 2: Preparing the Bulb

Use the aluminium tubes to crimp the LEDs together. Like on picture 1 and 2.
Picture 1 shows 2 LEDs crimped together. You can use solder as well. But crimping is a bit easier. ;-)

Use shrinking hose to insulate it and solder wires at the end.
All LEDs are parallel connected and they need 3V without any resistor!

If you are finished, just make a test, attach 3V: CLICK

Use two component clay to fix it inside the bulb.

If you attach power it looks like this: CLICK

Step 3: Put It Into a Case or Build a Stand

You can put it into a nice case and hide the cables and batteries under need the velvet or you can build a wooden stand with some copper tubes and fittings.

To do so you have to prepare a base plate.I used "Multiplex".
I drilled a hole for a switch and on hole for a copper tube (22mm).
I used wax stain to stain and polish the wood.
Than I soldered the tubes and fittings together, polished them.
The long tube will be the battery case.

Step 4:

I glued the bulb into a fitting and attached the polished copper holder inside the 22mm hole.
With some hot glue I insulated the battery holder and it fits exactly inside the copper tube.
The cabling is very easy. Just from the battery holder to the switch and then to the bulb.

The switch it on....

Have a look here: click

Have fun!

Horatius Steam

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    6 Discussions

    I think you've just solved my problem! The few times I've had LEDs inside of of something glass (like in this case a lightbulb), I've had problems with how the LEDs light the object... the way you have your LED mounted makes the LEDs light more diffused... though I was wondering if one were to make a smaller light couldn't you fill in the space around the LEDs with something like hot melt glue, or clear/translucent epoxy?... I am thinking that not only would that help diffuse the LEDs light but that that would also keep them a little more stable inside the object.

    Aeon Junophor
    Aeon Junophor

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hello electfire
    Did you already read abot my instructable: "Construction of a Steampunk Light Tube" ? I tried to solv this problem by using a white plastic straw
    to get the diffusing effect. If you integrate such starw inside a bulb it also glows nearly bright, but not so good as in Horatius´instructable above. That`s really top
    Youirs Aeon Junophor


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I've have, and your method works great...
    If: It's a tube that you are trying to light and if you light it at each end...longer tubes require more LED's along the length... also it works best if the tube is capped at both ends...
    I need to see if one could make a vapor/gas type light (like neon or sodium vapor), or if one could under-power a flash tube that is coated with a florescent material on the outside... anyways I digress... both you and Horatius' methods are good... I am just trying to find a way to make a more uniformly lit light... (besides a florescent lamp -and I rather not have to deal with the possibility of it breaking and having mercury all over the place.)... that is non-toxic and ideally low voltage... also preferably in a way that would look more like it belonged in the 1800's... while I like Horatius' 'Ible, too me the bulb looks too modern... I really do like your festoon lamp.. and I do like both of your folk's plasma type lamps.

    Aeon Junophor

    Well Sir
    Take a bow!

    Indeed a great work! Very impressive;-)))
    Yours Aeon Junophor