Make Your Schools Noticeboard REALLY Noticable




About: I like electronics.

Make a boring old noticeboard really eye catching at a cheap price.

One day, I was sitting in class, doing my work (cough, cough, talking, cough) and my science teacher called me outside. Bugger, I thought. But no, he actually wanted me to build him something. WTF!? My teacher wants me to make him something? What is the world coming to! But he explained that the school had a spare noticeboard. So he snatched it and made it the grade 9 noticeboard. But it sits in a dark corner, never looked at...until Da_Fudge got hold of a soldering iron and his teachers money! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So a quick trip to my nearest electronics supplier (Jaycar) got me a couple of neons, inverters, PSU's, a bunch of cable and a 555 flasher circuit.

Here I will show you how I did it, and hopefully win something in the 'Let It Glow' Contest!!! (Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink,)

Step 1: Parts

For this Project you will need:

2 x 300mm CCFL's
2 x 300mm CCFL inverters
1 x PSU capable of driving your neons
Misc Hardware

Optional: Flashing Circuitry
I used a 555 timer, 2 capacitors, 2 resistors, a diode and a relay.

Hey, just got a new camera. Do you think the macro function is working O.K?

Step 2: Tools

Tools required:

Soldering station (iron will do)
Side cutters

Step 3: Construction

First, I decided to test CCFL's by themselves off a 12V SLA. My eyes still hurt. OK. So we know they work.

Next, I built up the flasher circuit. I meant to build it on breadboard, but I forgot to get some while I was at Jaycar. Dead Bug time!

Lay out your components in the position you will put them and solder the connections. Then hook up the little power harnesses that come with the inverters. Hook your neons to the inverter and fire it up.

Here is one of my tests.

Step 4: Installation

Now it's time to take it back to school and hook it all up.

This took me about half an hour to do.

And there we go!!! Remember, if you liked it, don't forget to vote!!! I've never won anything before!!!

Here is a video of it finished and installed. (sorry about the crap quality, I recorded it on my phone.)

Thanks for reading!



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    29 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    kOOL DUDE I AM ALSO IN AUS and i also go to Jaycar, So which led rod is it exactly? And you could also go to Altronics, its really good store fro electronics


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    i dont know where ur from but a marque is the sign above a theatre that scrolls through whats playing and whos in it.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    i need something like this , i need a component that alternates power between 2 sets of led's what is the thing that switches the current called???

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    it's called a relay. If you want, PM me and i'll sent you a circuit diagram.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    thanks. glad you liked it. Remember, when it comes to voting time, please put a vote in for me!!!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yep. I have that iron, should I say station. I just grabbed the picture of Duratech's website, because mine's pretty bashed up.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    okay. i have a similar one. sadly, i dont have an pics of it already uploaded though. you can see it in the lower right of this picture though.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    oh. looks identical to mine exept in black. where did you get yours? are you in australia?