Circuit Board Lamp 2.0




Introduction: Circuit Board Lamp 2.0

About: I like Making computer art. I see beauty in junk. Where others see a sewing table I see a charging station. People saw old motherboards, I made a Led lamp. I like creating. Hope you enjoy my creations

This is a very simple, LED lamp made with old motherboards

Step 1: Items You Will Need

Led Lighting strip $6-$10

12v adapter $10

Old circuit boards from electronics


Glue gun and sticks (about $5-$10)

Step 2: Cut the Circuit Boards to Your Needs

The size doesn't matter. Its really just what you want. I cut mine around PCI slots for effect.

Don't focus so much on what size, more of the items from board you want on your lamp.

Step 3: Glue Together!

I hot glued it. I am sure there are other techniques to bond these, but I went with hot glue

Step 4: Cap and Mount

I used a piece of blue foam I had laying around. Use wood or another piece of circuit board if you want. Just make sure you can mount the lights to it. I wrapped them around a 1x1 piece of wood. Easy to mount because the lights have a adhesive backing. Then I hot glued the wood wrapped in led light to the foam board top cap. I left bottom off for cord exit.

Step 5: Plug It In!

Enjoy your finished product. I spent around $10. Cause I had alot of the need items around the house.You can do different colors.

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10 Discussions

i love this project. i do it with my friends all of the time

This is quite a lovely idea, thank you for sharing!

Just an advice I think to get most of the transparency out of the circuit boards light is to use circuit boards with only two or less layers and no power or ground plane. That'd make the remaining cool traces stand out perfectly.

Those large planes usually transmit less to absolutely no light, leaving only the vias and drill holes remaining to let light shine through.

i love u daddy its me and i love all of your projects see u soon i love u always samara u

Thank You! You learn something new everyday! I Love that, it keeps the Passion Alive. Never knew that the green mother board is transparent! I appreciate the answer!

Is the light going to show through the mother board? How does the light get from inside to the out? For the lamp affect? I'm a little confused on how this works, how the LEDs on the inside, produce the light on the out side? Maybe, I missed a step?Will this work for all mother boards!? But, this thing looks amazing! Awesome Job!

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Try prototypes before you settle on something. Its simple enough where you can keep restarting and not be out time and money, and you find the perfect design

A circuit board is copper coated fiberglass (usually). the fiberglass is transparent enough to glow when a light is placed behind it, but the copper traces and plastic/other components block the light, giving the circuit board silhouette you see in the picture.

How didn't I come up with that? Love the look of it, reminds me of my desktop background. Nice Job !

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Thank you, if you do it, do it in a color. Looks sooo much better. The white was ok....but the blue I did this one with was awesome