Anywhere Nightlight With Chibitronics




About: I'm an engineering professor and freestyle skydiver. I recently joined Techshop in Chandler and really love making.

My dog, Jasmine, is getting a little old. I've had her for 15 years and she was grown when I got her. We have a dog door set up for her but one night she peed in front of the shower instead of outside--we suspect she just couldn't find the dog door because she's mostly blind.

Of course, we didn't have any night lights and even if we did it wouldn't have been in the right location to help her see the dog door. Luckily I had recently been to a Build Night at Techshop Chandler and had an idea; I'd use my chibitronics to light up the dog door. With chibitronics I can quickly set up a nightlight and don't need to plug it in--it could go anywhere!

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Step 1: Create the Foundation of the Circuit

I built a quick circuit using the conductive tape. The key is to use two pieces of conductive tape that are close together so that one of the led sticker lights can connect across the circuit.

Step 2: Adding the LED Sticker Lights

Then put a few of the sticker led lights on your conductive tape tracks. Make sure that they all go from positive to negative.

Step 3: Connect the Battery

And then connect your battery. Put one end of the conductive tape on the positive side and the other on the negative side. If the lights don't work you have it backwards--switch the sides. I didn't want to drain the batteries during the day so I just used a piece of masking tape to keep the battery connected and then I could easily use the tape to turn the nightlight off (put it between the battery and once side of the conductive tape).

I set this up about two weeks ago and Jasmine hasn't had any more accidents in the house. Problem solved!

If I have some more time to work on it, I may combine it with a light sensor so that it turns off when the light is on in the room or when the sun comes up. Or I could create a more solid switch. I'll post when I make any improvements.

This could be a fun project to do with kids that want to make their own nightlight. You could do it directly on the wall. If you child is young and you are worried that they might eat the battery (my dad was worried about this when I was playing with my niece and nephew with chibitronics) you could even put it into a picture frame so that they couldn't get to the battery. You could set up a nightlight in a tent or even make a headlamp by using chibitronics with a hat or visor. You could really have a nightlight just about anywhere. The possibilities are endless! Be creative and post pictures of anything cool that you come up with.

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    4 years ago

    This is a great idea that we can sure use at our house too, thanks for this Instructable :)


    4 years ago

    You could make one of those batteries that is made with pennies they can power a single led for up to a month straight and after that you just replace the vinegar and your ready to go again

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Not a great picture but thanks. I think that was the hardest part of the instructable--trying to get her to walk in and out of the doggy door. She was happy though because she got tons of carrots in the process.


    4 years ago

    Awesome! I believe yours may be the first 'ible I make! My son will love it!

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    Reply 4 years ago

    Awesome! Lots of firsts--this is my first instructable. Can't wait to see what you and your son come up with!