Emergency Light With Steampunk Technology





Introduction: Emergency Light With Steampunk Technology

About: I love to invent and create new things in a "steampunk styled way" working with brass, copper, vulcanized-fibre, brass gears and (ply)- wood. On one side I am fascinated in neon lights and small electronic ...

Hello everybody
In one of my former instructables I explained the way to work with High Voltage by using a flash module of an disposal camera.
Now I want to present you an project which followed this. All the photos had been taken and the different components had been put togtether. Then a new idea came in my mind. I tried to put the three components: an CFL-Tube, an modified electronic from an disposal camera, and the two AA batteries for using 3,0 Volts toghter in one big PET -Preform Tube to create an Emergency Light.
So Look at my "Emergency Light Torch":

It creates enaugh light to find your way out if it is dark inside a house or if your car is broken down on outside a city or village or so. Even when you sleep in a tent while your are doing camping you can use it very well.  I only changed the switch and all other parts fit closed together.
To show the way how it works I decided to give you a glance without the steampunk wrapping with a copper tube and some brass elements. This outfit will follow later;-)))

Step 1: The Circuit

You probably remember this picture fom my other instructable:
High-voltage-power-supply-for-Nixies-CFL-Neon-Glow lamps....

In this emergency torch I used all of these parts you see on the picture except the switch.

Step 2: Some Details of the Construction

Now you can see the details inside the tube.

Step 3:

Thanks for following and I hope such a light will once help you to enlight your way in a dark situation

Yours Aeon Junophor

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    if u use a longer tube. then use flexible solar panels. and rechargeable batterys. if done right uill have foreveer light.

    can i use 3 volts, with button cell CR2032 ?
    and how long durability?
    I want to form a smaller lights & cute

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    very likely not. CR Lithium cells are only able to run so much amperage, and the voltage will sag when you try to pull enough power to run a CFL.

    This lamp will probably run with this button cell. I´m sorry but I do not know how long it will last. Try it and tell us your experience. I suppose it will shine for only some hours because there are not so many Ampere-hours in.....

    Cheers Aeon Junophor


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    All information about the electronic parts you can find in this instructable of mine
    The construction of the lamp itself can bee seen above. The inner parts to hold the electronic parts and the cfl are made of vulcanized fiber but you also can use PVC pieces or small pieces of plywood

    can we use lithium 3.7 volt mobile battery instead of this aa battery ?
    and charge it
    thank you in advance

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    I am sorry to say so but this wouldn´t work, because the electronic was originally designed to run with only 1,5 volts. The "weak" element is the transistor. If you drive it with more than 3 Volts the transistor gets too hot and breaks down.

    Cheers Aeon Junophor

    it's good to see someone from my area on instructabes, i'm from wasco

    awesome, this is what I was looking for.
    but I have 2 questions:
    1. with 2 AA battery how long the lamp can be lit?
    2. I think CFLs are that require ventilation for light, could later be fast off the lights? because the heat inside the tube

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    Hi pro5200

    Thanks for your interest.

    To answer your questions:
    1. It depends on the battery you use but I expereinced that the tube can be lit for about 16 to 20 hours.

    2. No you do not need a special ventilation because the glass tube itself does not get hot. It is cold light. If you experienced that a normal cfl -bulb is getting hot by normal use you are right but the warmth is coming from the inbuilt electronic and not from the gasfilled light-tube;-)))))

    Cheers Aeon Junophor

    oh so so,
    I get, so hot from the circuit ...
    if 16-20 hours, it is more than adequate for emergency needs, your work is great.
    thanks for sharing :)

    Excellent project!
    - though suggest you keep it under lock & key if you have any lady folk staying over :-)

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    That´s why I miss it ;-)))))

    I have´nt had any thoughts like this while doing the project until you told it to me .......

    Good morning Winged Fist

    Thank you so much for congratulating. I am really surprised that my little project convinced the jury
    and believe me I am totally happy ;-)))))))))))))))

    Three Cheers to all winners!!!!

    Yours Aeon Junophor

    la lampara de gas de mercurio no es como la bombilla de luz, la de mercurio lleva un circuito electrico con un transformador que transforma de 220v a 3v!! eso!

    Hi Rematullah

    The preform cylinder is about 2,5 mmm but I really won´t risk to use 220V because there much more amps in. This ist to me too dangerous.

    I just work with the AA batteries that´s enaugh energy and I can charge them too with a small solar panel thast charming to me.