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« on: April 02, 2008 05:45:55 PM »

I made some curtains for my boyfriend's apartment a while back (see here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/lookingsmug/2384193928/) and I thought it would be cool to use this challenge to make him something to go with them.

Rummaging through the local Dollar Tree, the first thing that really caught my eye was a USB cable.  He's into computers and always playing around on his Mac, so I thought something with that would be appropriate.  Right next to the cable were some night lights.  It hit me: I could make him a USB night light, just in case he ever gets scared at night.

Items bought and used:
1. Metal pail (for the lamp top, bottom taken out with a can opener)
2, 3. Dish towels (for the fabric needed)
4. USB Cable (to connect to computer)
5. Tripod (for lamp base)
6. Paperclips (to hold the top up)
7. LED Flashlight (the light source, soldered LED part to a stripped end of the cable, not pictured)

Pictures of the pieces and process:

The Final Product  

The USB Connection

In the Dark

[I adjusted for the exposure in my photo editor to try to recreate the actual brightness of the light.]
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2008 06:11:46 PM »

This is so neat and creative. I kind of want to try making one for myself now.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2008 06:16:30 PM »

If you need any tips with the soldering, let me know.
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2008 08:03:08 PM »

Oh yeah...now this is cool.  Right up my alley back when I was in school for my art degree.  I loved making electronic sculpture outta "store bought" parts. 

I called it the "Lowe's Aesthetic" ...but there was a lot of "Deals", "Dollar Tree", "Dollar General", and "BigLots" to it as well...haha.

Cool light!

« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2008 05:00:42 PM »

that's such a great idea Smiley hehe and cute name ^^

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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2008 07:35:33 PM »

Cool! great idea

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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2008 08:22:56 AM »

I'm sure I sound like a broken record at this point but that is one heck of a cool idea!! Your like mcGuyver. . . Grin

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