A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Curious if a project is for sale, or if someone wants to do a private swap with you?  Please Personal Message the member rather than posting on the thread.
Total Members: 300,951
Currently Running With Scissors:
670 Guests and 14 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1] 2  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: The Glass Insulator LED Lamp  (Read 16737 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
Lufahsman
« on: May 03, 2008 06:48:12 AM »

This was an idea that came about when I brought home several glass insulators from work.  I was bored and picked them up out of ditches.  So today I actually pulled the parts together and went for it.   The one thing I didn't have was a power supply.  So a quick stop at Goodwill produced one for $1.  You can't beat that.  Here are a couple pictures of the finished project.



I used 3 superbright LEDs and tried to keep this a cheap and simple as possible.  I was really curious just how simple you could keep making something like this.  So here is the build really quick.  If you want the really long winded one check my blog here.

So I really just used the insulator, 3 LEDs, 3 resistors, a power supply , a weird electric connector thing , some screw connectors and some electrical tape.  After figuring out the LEDs and power supply I was going to use I found on online calculator here.  That will tell you what size of resistor to use and how to arrange the LEDs (ie in series/parallel).  You should get something like this....



So to the actual build.  Cut the connector off the end of the power supply cord and strip the wires.  Here is the one part that might throw people for a loop if they aren't used to working with electronics.  You need to find out which of the wires is the positive and which is the negative.  I used a multi-meter to find mine.  If you don't have the ability to check yours find a friend who does and make sure you mark which is which.

Me playing with the multi-meter Smiley



Now that you know your positive and negative wires, time to get the rest of the assembly together.  I put the resistors on the LEDs next...



Then I started building the weird little clippy thing.  I used this because I had it laying around.  There really wasn't any reason I couldn't have just used electrical tape for this part as well.  This will have the positive current running into it.



Then plug the positive side of the LEDs into the clippy thing. 



Hook the negative side up  and hopefully you have light....



I used another screw connector to hold the negative wire and the 3 resistors together.  Then insert parts.



I just taped them in place and done!



So, that's my cute little light.  You can see all my build pics here and blog post about it here.  Thanks for looking!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

A very silly place...
http://yarnzombie.net/Travis
myklia
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2008 06:55:40 AM »

I so want this.  Right now I only have two glass insulators in my collection, but I want more.  I love that you made a light out of one.  I don't have the skills to do it myself, but I love seeing yours.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

becca-red
Offline Offline

Posts: 120
Joined: 09-Nov-2007

I work to craft.


View Profile
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2008 07:44:15 AM »

great tut. And cute lamp.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Licer
Offline Offline

Posts: 278
Joined: 01-May-2007

Leg warmers are my friend.


View Profile
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2008 09:26:19 AM »

great job! All from scratch, the way it was supposed to be!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
dosergirl
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2008 10:05:00 AM »

that is really great! led's are awesome

my dad collects these insulators...i might have to ask if i can aquire some for lighting. Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged
JenSquared
Queen of my Craft Studio
Offline Offline

Posts: 271
Joined: 05-Dec-2005

Holy Kismet, Crafters!


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2008 10:40:57 AM »

I love this. I am always looking for those glass insulators and can never find them. I would love to have a whole area with those lamps. Really incredible. Congrats.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Paul Valery
myklia
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2008 01:30:54 PM »

I love this. I am always looking for those glass insulators and can never find them. I would love to have a whole area with those lamps. Really incredible. Congrats.

I have found them at antique stores.  It is still hit and miss though.

http://www.natsulators.com/
http://www.insulatorstore.com/default.asp
THIS ROCKS   Logged

bluecat158
bad influence
Offline Offline

Posts: 104
Joined: 28-Jun-2005

aww... i wanted to explode...


View Profile WWW
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2008 07:27:52 PM »

wonderful idea!  i have a collection of these insulators myself, i love the shapes of them
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"You haven't touched it?  Something is broken and it's not your fault?"

"I know - I'm scared too!"
wendygail
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2008 06:49:54 AM »

whoa!  you did a lot of work on this, and showed us how to do it!  way to go!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Doomkitty
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2008 06:28:28 AM »

Awesome !
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
VF COLLECTIONS: Badgley Mischka Spring/Summer 2015 - NYFW
Videofashion News: Badgley Mischka Spring/Summer 2015 - NYFW
L’Oreal True Match Foundation Review
Whip Up This Instant Blackhead Remover in the Kitchen
Use the Least Amount of Concealer for the Most Impact
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Chalkboard Wine Glasses
Handmade Gift Ideas: Wooden Chain
Handmade Gift Ideas: Upcycled Car Trash Bag

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.