How to Enter the Let It Glow! Contest

You've probably spent some time wiring up LEDs, installing cold cathode lights, stringing EL wire, or figuring out some other creative way to make your project look awesome in the dark. What could be better than making things glow?

Our Let It Glow! Contest rewards you for lighting up the night with a bright lights and a rainbow of color. The light source and what it's mounted on is completely up to you. Make something truly amazing, and win one of dan's awesome new MonkeylectricLED bike wheel POV lights! We're going to be giving away eight m132s light sets, 12 throwie kits, and 20 t-shirts! You don't want to miss this one!

Dan Goldwater, a co-founder of Squid Labs and Instructables, has been seriously bitten by the lighting bug - check out more of his awesome LED Instructables. His most recent project has been integrating LEDs into bike wheels, and the m132s is the bright, blinky result of his efforts. Attach the m132s to your bike wheel and watch amazingly colorful patterns emerge - you've never seen anything like it.

Enter the Let It Glow! contest and you can be one of the first people to give it a whirl!

Dan has a special offer for Instructables members: get 15% off your purchase at through the end of June! Just use the coupon code INSTRUCT when you check out. Get your own revolutionary bike light, and stay visible - and in style.

Show us your best bright, blinky, or light-up project, and Let It Glow, Let It Glow, Let It Glow!

First Prize (2 winners):
A set of two (2) m132s bike wheel lights and an Instructables Robot t-shirt

Second Prize (4 winners):
One (1) m132s bike wheel light, and an Instructables Robot t-shirt

Third Prize (12 winners):
LED Throwie kit and Instructables Robot t-shirt

Each throwie kit has pieces for five throwies.

The Instructable must include instructions for adding the lighting element to the project and be published from May 16 - June 22
International entries are welcome.

Combination of judge and user votes

Contest dates:
Entry dates: May 16 - June 22
User votes: June 23 - 25
Judging: June 26 - 29
Winners Announced: June 30

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Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables and Monkeylectric a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.



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    37 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I posted my Instructable, LED Model Rocket Glow Effects, to the contest last night (the 22nd) at 11:50 pm EST, but it has yet to show up in the contest or in the Instructables Explore Recent feed either. Any idea why this is happening?

    1 reply

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    if you look further down the comments, this has already been answered, yes to multiple -ibles.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Does this contest allow video? Or only photo Instructables?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I probably should make an instructable about the red cold cathode lights I put under the seats in the car I drive, but it took a long time and there are no cars that need it (actually all cars need it, but no owner wants it). I just don't understand why my father doesn't want lights in his BMW z3 convertible...I just don't understand why. I'll at least try to get some pictures, but my camera doesn't do well/anything in the dark.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, Mr. Fungus! I've been a fan of almost all instructables posted in this site, and I am really liking the idea of joining some of your contests... But the problem is, I live in the Philippines... If ever, you'll ship an award to a country that far?

    2 replies

    We've shipped to lots of different countries. Most of our contests, including this one, are open to international entries.

    The Insomniac

    11 years ago on Introduction

    So, would a homebrew headlamp convertible to a headlight and tailight for a bicycle be enterable? P.S. noone steal my idea :)

    1 reply