Light Up Goggle Mod

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Intro: Light Up Goggle Mod

So, as any good steampunk devote, I started out by purchasing some goggles. I got a pair I love (thanks eBay!), but something occurred to me: being basically blind without my glasses, I could never wear them on my eyes. If they're just going to be hanging out on my forehead, why not spice them up some. Solution: LEDs. I've more or less simply mounted a throwie in each eye cup.

I think this is an original idea - I've never seen this treatment before, and a quick google search doesn't turn up any. Even for those of us with fully functional eyes, this mod has value: I'd say 90%+ of the goggles I've seen on steampunks have stayed firmly on the forehead anyway.

EDIT Hey, featured! Awesome! Added an extra step to address some of the "Hey you can't see with those on" complaints.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Bought the electrical components at Radio Shack, so they were over priced and in many cases not ideal.

Materials: Goggles
LED (3.3v clear white. Diffused would probably be better. I used white because my goggles had a blue filter in them already, go with whatever color you like.)
Battery (CR2032 3V Lithium)
Battery Housing, for CR2032
Wax Paper (for diffusing. Probably not really necessary, but I figured it couldn't hurt.)
Tin Foil (for reflecting. See above.)
Bottle Cap (Vitamin water, in my case. Mine fit perfectly, if that hadn't been the case, I'm betting making it fit would have been the toughest part of this. As that will be custom to each set of goggles, I'll leave that as an exercise to the reader.

Tools:
Pin vice
Scissors
Pen
Pliers
Hobby knife (you could almost certainly get away with just the hobby knife. I used the other tools because I had them.)


Things I should have used/will eventually use (not pictured)
Switch
Solder
Soldering Iron

Step 2: Cut the Wax Paper and Tin Foil

Stack the wax paper over the foil. Trace around the bottle cap, pressing hard. Cut out the wax paper circle. The foil may well just pop out from the pen pressure, if not help it along with a knife.

Step 3: Drill the Setting for the LED

There was a little dimple indicating the center of my cap, I drilled on one edge of that. Set the longer lead on the LED in the hole, and make note of where the other lead hits. Drill another hole on that spot. Flip the lid and drill through from the other side to open the holes.

Step 4: Install the Wax Paper and Tin Foil

Center the cap over the foil, and use the holes to mark the center. Cut out a square to keep the leads from shorting. I also cut some 1cm slits in the edge to make it easier to fit in. Push the foil in place, then set the LEDs in their holes. Cram the wax paper in on top. It holds itself in place pretty well.

Step 5: Attach Battery Holder

Bend the leads on the LED down flat to the bottle cap. Here's where I should have soldered, and probably will eventually. I was just eager to put this together to see what it looked like. Also, I'll add a switch, so I don't have to keep taking out the battery to shut this thing off. Again, I was lucky in the fit of the bottle cap in the eye cup, didn't even have to tape them in. Your mileage my vary.

Step 6: Done!

Pop em on and glow it up. With them over my eyes like this I can't see a thing, but that's not all that different for me given my non existent non-enhanced vision. Enjoy! I hope this inspires someone to attempt this, I'd love to see some more of these out there.

Step 7: Goggle Mod, Supplemental

To silence all the non vision impaired haters, I mocked up a quick version that you could potentially see through. Cut a hole in the middle of the bottle cap, mount two LEDs, one top one bottom. This here looks pretty lame because I was out of decent LEDs, but it gets the point across. Using white ones, and diffusing them correctly it should come out OK. Also you'll have way less room to hide the batteries. Might consider an external battery pack, attached to the strap.

Or, just wear them on your forehead, like you were going to any way!

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141 Discussions

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Thorondor95

3 months ago

I know this Instructable is something like 9 years old, but you seem to have influenced the making of Incredibles 2...

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Dangerously Explosive

6 months ago

The best version for seeing through utilizes Arduino and Neopixel rings, but I agree that the best look is worn on the forehead or on a top hat.

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JohnH340

2 years ago

The idea is nice, and I like your take on it. But it has been done. Look up "Two Horns United Creations" (Brian Cargile), who is going beoynd extremes in LED-infused goggles.

You can purchase prescription swim goggles for about $20. They aren't perfect but close enough to maneuver with.

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dbreithupt

3 years ago

My attempt :) thanks for this

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sellwood

4 years ago on Introduction

Hey, did you ever attach a switch to this design? If so how'd you do it?
I've got a pair of welding goggles and am trying to use this mod with a push button on/off switch on the side to control the lights without removing the battery.
Thanks.

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miah8000

5 years ago on Step 6

Gonna try this with the flip-up goggles and color-changing LED strips. Just do one eye maybe.

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mr_kronk

5 years ago on Step 7

Why use LED's when you could use El-wire.

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J.A.R.V.I.S.

6 years ago on Step 6

All y'all complaining about the fact that you can't see, you may wanna see the last page if you haven't already!

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9999AWC

6 years ago on Step 6

Is there anyway I can make it so that I can see through it? I want one where I can use to go in the sreets and still see with them!

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dreiman

6 years ago on Introduction

Cool goggles! Is there a way to turn off the lights when you don't need it?

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Ernext

6 years ago on Step 6

your goggles are cool! is a really good idea mostly for night or in the dark, I would like to know, can you turn it off?

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Lekestral

6 years ago on Step 7

To expand on this, you could always add (Using an external battery pack) just more LED's =)
in a circle leaving the center to view out of

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tsesame street

7 years ago on Step 6

Where can I find tho goggles and if I used clear goggles like that how would that look?

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leon5043

7 years ago on Introduction

Hey! Awesome. I like this alot, I'm gonna do mine but how did u get all those dots in ur goggles? they came with the goggles? The whole: oooooo
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