"Glowing Cat" LED Nightlamp

Introduction: "Glowing Cat" LED Nightlamp

About: I´m an Professional Coach- and Boatbuilder, i work most of the time on restoring Classic cars and boats. I´m also a kind of metal artist or metaldesigner, mostly lamps and funiture and also robots. and do al...

This is a Instructable to create a nice looking, cheap and easy to do LED Nightlamp.
It has a wonderfuleffect, andcosts almost nothing.

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Step 1: Needed Parts and Tools

Now here is a list of Parts and Tools you will need to build the Led Cat.

Cat Parts:

-The Body  Is an GM Engine cooling Water Tank of an Euro GM Car (I think it was an Opel Astra)
-The Head is an Manifold Gasket of my Classic Mini Cooper, it got the right shape to give the Cat it`s face
-The Mustache is made of Six little parts of 0,8mm welding Wire with the same length, It`s Clamped with Two washers an   mounted  with an Tapping screw

-The Tail is an Textile covered Petrol hose, also of my classic Mini Cooper, its fixed with an hose Clamp and filled with an Solid 1,2mm Welding wire

-Cap of the Water Tank will be the Backside of the Cat, the lamp socket will be installed there, so the complete Body will Glow and give a nice warm light

Electric Parts:

-Transformer, I use an charger wich i found very cheap on an Flea Market. It`s 12V, 1A
-An simple Cordswitch
-An 12V E10 Socket (I think this is an European Standard?)

Remaining Parts:

M3 (Metric Standart) Inbus Screws with Washers and nuts
-an aluminium chip, for covering the Backside of the Socket
-Somelittle Black Paint


-Screwdrivers, Cross and Slot
-Cutting Knife (sorry, i forgot in the Picture)

Step 2: The Cap

At first you need to cut the Cap so that the Socket and the screws for the wires fits into it.
Now drill the two holes for the screws wich will fix the socket to the Cap.

The Cap should now look like on the Pic.
Maybe you need to hone down a little for a good fit.

Step 3: Mo

Now you mount the cable to the socket ( be cereful, work well, elektricity is Dangerous).
Be sure you don`t forget to put the Alu chip Backside cover over the cable before Mounting.
Mount the LED Lamp to the socket.

By the Way, I use an very weak led Lamp cause i only want a little nice warm glowing nightlamp.
You can also use one of this Ultrabright ones or somthing colored.

Mounting the Switch to the Cable.
Cut the cable where you wanna have the switch, strip the cabels on both sides, open the switch and clamp the cables in.
Close the switch, put the charger in and test the Led.

Pait the Alu Cover with some Black Paint.

Step 4:

Now you should cleaning the Eingine cooling water Tank.
I used some dishwasher Tabs and cooking water, that works very good.
Drying the tank after washing.

Step 5: The Tail

Now we mounting the Tail
Put the Gasoline hose over the reward tapering of the water tank.
Fix it with the hose clamp by using the slot-srewdriver, not to hard, it´s plastic.

Put the solid welding wire in the hose, now you can bend the tail in the shape you like.

Step 6: Mounting the Head

At first you need to cut six pieces of the 0.8mm MAG Weldingwire ( inthe picture it`s alredy done).
it does not matterif they areslightly bent, whichcanstraightenevenafterwards.

Put some drops of Glue on the smaller size wisher (it will help us holding the wires wile mounting), press the bigger size wisher on top so that the hole will fit.
Wait some seconds till the Glue works.

Nowplugthebolt throughthe washersandtheseal, look for thecorrectfittingandscrewit in place.

nowitshouldlook like acatslowly.

Step 7: Mounting the Light Unit

Now we will give the light to the cat.

The blackcolorshouldnowbe allowed to dry, otherwiseyou shouldwith thisstepwaituntilthecoloris dry.

You only need to screw the cap with our led instalation to it`s place on the Water Tank.

Step 8: Alright, That`s It

OK, thats it, now we can turn on the Lamp and enjoy the wonderful light.

Have fun while rebuild.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for the kind words, i´m happy you like it.