Top 10 LED Instructables Answered
LEDs are an incredibly useful and versatile source of light. Use just one of them to make a simple indicator, or wire up a whole bunch and you can create a bona fide high power light source. There are tons of applications for LEDs, and there is certainly no shortage of ideas, projects and helpful feedback at instructables. To help make sense of it all, I thought I would try to pick out 10 of my favorite LED instructables that are great for the LED beginner and the expert alike.
This list isn't hierarchical - I like all 10 projects. Instead, it's loosely arranged in ascending level of complexity, so newcomers to LEDs might want to start at the beginning and work their way up (or down as the case may be).
Drum roll please...
1. LEDs for beginners is a first time guide for anyone looking to learn a little bit about how to wire up one or more LEDs.
2. How to solder is a guide that explains how to solder wires, electrical components and more and assumes no prior soldering knowledge. If you're going to work with LEDs, chances are you'll need to do some soldering, so this could be a useful place to learn some skills.
3. LED Throwies is a super popular and simple instructable that shows you how to take a magnet, a battery, some tape and an LED, and make a cool light that will stick to anything magnetic.
4. Fridge Lights is an instructable that shows you how to turn your refrigerator into a canvas for LED art. It has a little more involved in it than LED Throwies because you have to prepare your refrigerator surface a bit, but its still a great project to get started on working with LEDs.
5. LED Football is a simple project that embeds LEDs in a Nerf football so that you can see it in the dark. The football emerges from the process relatively unharmed, and from the pictures it looks a lot like a cool flying saucer.
6. LED Bikelight V2 and How to build a 1,024,000 mcd portable light take multiple LEDs and wire them together to make high power bicycle lights. There are many bike lights on the site besides these two that are also great, but I like these two because they are really BRIGHT.
7. Blue LED Light Box is a bedroom light that helps combat Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) and the winter blues by letting you bask in 18 watts of LED power. If you like the first iteration of this project check out the Blue LED dawn simulator for Soleil Sun Alarm add on that controls the brightness of the LEDs according to a dawn simulator alarm clock.
8. Spoke POV: LED Bike Wheel Images is an instructable that puts LEDs in motion and creates persistence of vision (POV) images of your choice right on your bike wheels as you're riding. If you have never seen POV images before you should definitely check this out as there are a bunch more POV instructables on the site. It's a public mobile display for your bike!
9. Watch futurama on an 8x8 pixel screen shows you how to make an LED display that you can use to "watch" tv on. While the actual display doesn't have enough pixels to actually create a recognizable image, I like this instructable because even though I work with technology, I think I secretly want to live like a caveman, and it's this kind of forward thinking backwards technology that gets me going.
10. Microdot - wrist watch LED pattern timepiece is an instructable that shows you how to build a unique LED watch. It's one of the more advanced LED projects on the site, but rgbphil offers good support in the comments section and should you decide to build it ever you'll end up with one heck of a watch.
Instructables HQ is going to be mailing stickers to the authors of the projects on this list as a mini prize for making great things with LEDs. Anyone else who makes a list of their favorite instructables and posts about it on the forums gets stickers too!