USB Halo 4 Lamp




About: I love electronics and all about DIY.

Do you like Halo games? I've got a friend that loves them!
And for his birthday i decided to give him a personalized Halo 4 usb lamp, i'm sure he will love it.

If you don't like shooting games, or you just like to make a different design you'll se i'ts very easy.

Step 1: Materials

For making a personalized lamp you'll need:
-2mm glass or acrylic panel (at least twice the design size)
-One super bright smd LED (about 5mm)
-Some adhesive copper tape for the structure (you can make the structure with any material you want and some wires)
-A 330ohm resistor
-An USB cable

Step 2: Cutting the Glass

We'll make a panel per picture layer, i decided to make two: one for the front warrior and other for the background) making less than two layers will make the pictute flat, by dividing it you`ll get a 3D effect.

Cut the glass panel into two with the glass cutter, it's important to moist it and pass it only once because if not, glass splinters will jump out.

Step 3: Making the Draw

Using your drill with a diamond mill, copy the pictire drilling the brighter parts and doing nothing with the dark ones, because the LED will ligt up rough zones.. Try to obtain a light gradient.
Make sure that the two drawings fit correctly.

Step 4: The Structure 1-the Picture

Using the adhesivecopper tape, cover the edges of both panels except the upper part.
Then solder them aligned only in the corners.

Step 5: The LED

Cove all the upper part with copper tape except for a little gap for the LED, connect the new tape to the first structure.
Then solder the LED facing down in the gap so it can ligt up the picture..

Finally, cut a little gap in the bottom isolating the LED's leads.
In the image below you can see how they should be separated.

Step 6: The Structure 2-the Base

With a smaller glass panel, we're going to make the base.
Fist of all, cut a glass piece with the same width but only third height.
Cover the edges with copper tape leaving two gaps in the middle of each side.

Solder the picture bottom corners to the base and make sure it doesn't bend.

Step 7: Finishing

Solder the resistor in series with the LED and the plug in the back side of the base.
Enjoy your new lamp, or as in my case say goodbye to it.

I hope this instructable was usefil for you. Please vote me for the Lamps & Lighting Contest and ejoy making!



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    9 Discussions


    5 years ago

    I ended up making this for my boyfriend for Christmas and just wanted to say thank you so much for putting this out there to inspire me. You are so thoughtful and creative. I made mine on an 11×14 sheet of acrylic and he was speechless when I finally showed him. Thank you for making this instructable and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. :)


    5 years ago

    Where did you get the USB and could you elaborate more on the connecting of the resistors and the led light? Is is also possible to put one on the side for a different effect?

    1 reply

    Reply 5 years ago

    The usb was from an old charger, the circuit is simple, the LED with the resistor in series. You can also put the LED on the side.

    jvan dalen

    6 years ago on Step 7

    did you put the panels against each other or is there space between them?

    1 reply
    pinomeleanjvan dalen

    Reply 6 years ago on Step 7

    I put them against each other, but there's a bit of air between. If they were totaly in contact, it would be OK.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    What a generous and thoughtful gift. Nice instructable to boot!