Make a Durable Night Lamp

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Introduction: Make a Durable Night Lamp

(This instructable is for those who have basic knowledge of electric/electronics)

I found about a dozen used cell phone chargers very cheap from a local shop.

The cell phone chargers have faults in the plugs and cables only, the actual charger circuit were working perfect. I removed the cable and plugs and used these in many projects

In this instructable I will show you how I made a durable night lamp which will give service for many years.

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Step 1: Components Required

You will need.
1. A cell phone /Mobile Phone Charger with out put of 5 to 12 volts.
2. One white LED 5mm ( You can substitute with Blue color LED)
3. One resistance (for value click to see the chart)
4. One diffuser. I used a cap from an insulin syringe (BD), most white semi-transparent bottle caps do the job.

The diffuser is required to disperse the light uniformly in the room and make it cool to the eyes.

Step 2: Connecting Components & Finishing

1. Make a 5 mm whole near the voltage out put and connect the LED and Resistance as shown in the circuit diagram, observing the polarity of the current.

2. Test it by hooking to the mains power socket.

3. Finally glue the diffuser on it.

See an other view of the built up night light

Step 3: An Other Finalized Night Light

This is a picture with a different diffuser

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    25 Discussions

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    iffee
    iffee

    11 years ago on Introduction

    jsbarrie; every thing in the instructable is clear, if you need more clarification please let me know.

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    inshaajee
    inshaajee

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    DEAR SIR.
    my english Language is very bad .so i want some information for phone line power use .cane i write in urdu Language.

    sir
    main apna fone charge karskat hon? or keasy
    orr phone line say zeyada sy zeyada ketny volt or amps hasal keaye ja sakty hen. mere requst ahy k app my email adresss py send kar den.
    inshaajee@yahoo.com
    god bless u

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    iffee
    iffee

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Now a days all telephone lines are digital working at 48 Volts DC.

    Phone line on-Hook have 48 Volts and off hook between 5 to 10 volts.
    Current 30mA to 40mA .

    Battery charging is not recommended.

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    iffee
    iffee

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Phoenixflame87; try with 100 ohm resistor

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    bilalinpk
    bilalinpk

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I have 5.7v and 800amp charger........ please tell me which resistance i can use, i will appreciate if someone tell me how i can calculate these types of calculations......

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    jsbarrie
    jsbarrie

    13 years ago

    Hi- I want to make a bunch of LED room lights using old cell phone chargers. I would like to use several LED mounted on a reflector. I can design the reflector and attachments, I need help with the circuit diagrams for lets say 3 - 5 LEDs maybe more. My "clients" are people who have very low power and right now use kerosene for light. The LEDs using old cell chargers would be a big deal. I am designing both DC and AC versions of the light. Could you help with this? Any help is much appreciated.

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    iffee
    iffee

    Reply 13 years ago

    jsbarrie you can add more LEDs as per circuit taking into account total current / volts of mobile phone charger . Read original instructable for values and calculations. I estimate you can add 8 to 10 LEDs easily.

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    bilalinpk
    bilalinpk

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    hello iffee........ please tell me how much voltage we have in our fixed PTCL wire....... and also mention amp

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    jsbarrie
    jsbarrie

    Reply 13 years ago

    Thanks! I'm going to build a version that produces the max lumens. I will photograph it and post when it is done. -jb

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    Eirinn
    Eirinn

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Very very nice instructable - i am new in electronics and this helped me a lot!

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    Phoenixflame87

    I'm attempting this instructable with a 3.7V/340mA charger, and a 10-Ohm/1/2-Watt resistor, and it won't work correctly. My LED lights up and burns my hands after about 2 seconds, and goes out after about 30 seconds. What am I doing wrong?

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    iffee
    iffee

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Since charger is rated at 340ma and LED only consume 20ma, there seems that voltage on charger output are high. Try increasing resistor between 49 and 100 ohms and then measure voltage across the output of charger. Now recalculate the proper resistance. Note some chargers do not have fixed voltage output, it varies with the load. In your case 3.7volts are rated when the load is 340ma.

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    Phoenixflame87
    Phoenixflame87

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Would adding a capacitor in the line cause the light to slowly turn on and slowly turn off?

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    jeff-o
    jeff-o

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    No. It's a little more complicated than that.

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    Big Bwana
    Big Bwana

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I would but the value would have to be fairly high as most SMPS power supplies are able to deliver a huge amount of power over a short duration especally during turn on which will charge a small capacitor really quickly, this would however also increse the turn off time. I guess it all comes down to what you call "slowly" (( you could always use a RC bridge which would give you the same turn on turn off times though ))

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    ateo
    ateo

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job, I have a lot of dead chargers. Greetings from a developing country of America..

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    cloner
    cloner

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Will this burn my house if left unattended for a week?

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    jsbarrie
    jsbarrie

    12 years ago on Step 3

    Iftikhar- I will include your name on the paper I am writing. I will post some photos and some design ideas here soon. I am going to Guatemala to work on a universal LED circuit board that can be assembled in the field by local technicians. This way LED light is inexpensive. If made in bulk the circuit boards will be very inexpensive, maybe $.25 US each. I just got a lot of high output LEDs from China for $.19 each. The circuit board can hold 10 - 12 LEDs. I will post more soon. Thank you for your assistance. John

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    jsbarrie
    jsbarrie

    13 years ago on Step 3

    Hi- I want to make a bunch of LED room lights using old cell phone chargers. I would like to use several LED mounted on a reflector. I can design the reflector and attachments, I need help with the circuit diagrams for lets say 3 - 5 LEDs maybe more. My "clients" are people who have very low power and right now use kerosene for light. The LEDs using old cell chargers would be a big deal. I am designing both DC and AC versions of the light. Could you help with this? Any help is much appreciated.

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    iffee
    iffee

    Reply 12 years ago on Step 3

    HI I am too from a developing country (Pakistan), I will be glad to help you in your project. You can post your question in the relevent Instructables. For your information I am retired person from the local Telecommunication Company. Iftikhar Ahmad