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« 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!

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« 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.

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

great tut. And cute lamp.
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2008 09:26:19 AM »

great job! All from scratch, the way it was supposed to be!
« 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
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« 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.

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« 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.


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« 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

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« 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!
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2008 06:28:28 AM »

Awesome !
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