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DIY 3D LED POV

Is that enough acronyms in the title?  No, I think I can get a few more, don’t you?  I find the rotating LED signs interesting, though useless.  I can’t think of a reason to make one, and as such, I don’t really want to spend too much of my already valuable time making one.  I know I would have a difficult time figuring out how to get power to the LEDs, let alone a program to control them all.  No, I will stick with old fashioned wood working thank you very much.

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Light Up Heart

LED Heart

Remember this ?  Holy crap, that was 9 years ago?  Dang, time just seems to fly by.  Sadly, that heart is sitting on my shelf, not the desk of the person it was originally for, but in honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s the steps to make your own.

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Glow in the Dark Skiing

Ok, not glow in the dark in the traditional sense, Greed LED strips attached to the skis and poles of a professional skier.  Some drone footage of him carving up the mountain side make for a pretty cool video.  Being the actual skier though, that looks super dangerous, even with the guiding lights along some of the paths.  Skiing through trees in the dark, no thank you.

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Anew Furniture

This KickStarter is fully funded and helps out a good cause.  Anew Nature helps to employ “at risk” men, making and selling furniture.  They started a Kickstarter to enable them to hire some of these men to produce the furniture that they are going to sell.

What caught my attention was the use of the Interactive LED panels.  The furniture they make has an interesting assortment of natural and modern.  It’s strange, but everything looks nice, I’d buy some if I wasn’t into building it all myself.

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The Birth of a UFO

Gone are the days when these things could be explained away as swamp gas reflecting off the planet Venus.  No, with the advent of cheap, highly maneuverable “drones” people can do all sorts of things.  At night, with a 1,000 watt LED bar attached to the bottom of it, and individually controlled and colored LEDs on each arm, you can create some pretty ace videos.  To a bystander however, they look eerily similar to the traditional UFOs.

I gotta say though, the resulting video is pretty ace.  (That’s twice I’ve used ace in this blog post).  I really like the video of the bridge.  It looks like a render doesn’t it?!

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New Moon

The above video shows a really neat interactive art installation made of welded steel, light bulbs, and LEDs.  The purpose is to allow people to see all the phases of the moon at once.  Turning the knob below the moon turns a mirror inside the light bulb moon which in turn changes the shadow effect that the viewer sees.  This allows the viewer to see all the different phases of the real moon just a few feet above their heads.  That’s pretty neat!

This isn’t the first illuminated art instillation by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett.  The astronomer and space guy in me though thinks this is the first one that I’d go out of my way to visit though.  I wouldn’t do an interview, I’m not that type of person, you know that.

Today is the new moon, which mean’s that it will be totally dark outside tonight, it doesn’t look like the LED inside the sphere can make the art fully dark.  Instead, it just gives it a shadow which is actually closer to what actually happens on the real moon anyway.  I think they should have welded some signs on the posts holding up the moon to give some extra information along those lines.

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Gear Like Modular Lighting

LED gear lights

I think they look like bicycle gears anyway.  Andrijan Mueller of Switzerland, who made this says they’re hexagons.  They look like that.  As you’ll see below, each arm of the hexagon/gear is one part of the lamp and can be mounted however he sees fit. This makes the whole thing modular, I like it.

The big 35mm LEDs are diffused in this white acrylic dome.  I like that it softens the usually harsh glow of the LEDs and makes it much more smooth.  the LEDs are color changing, or there are multiple ones in there.  I wish people would use more warm-white LEDs, they look much nicer and have a more natural color to them.

LED globe

That’s actual metal on the top, I think that might be my favorite part.  It’s not cheap wood that’s been painted silver, it’s water cut aluminum.

water cut aluminum parts

He elected to keep the wires exposed, at first I didn’t really like it, but I think it works.  The only part I don’t like are the gears to the upper left where the wires crisscross.  If it weren’t for those, I think it would look more natural.  Also, he’s gotta get this plugged into an outlet behind one of the gears, that wire dangling to the stairs is ugly.

testing with the aluminum

He goes into much more detail on his Imgur album, you should read though it, you’ll enjoy it, I guarantee.

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Starry LED Lamp

Instructables user darbinorvar put together this really cool LED lamp that lights up like stars.  You can watch her build the whole thing in her YouTube tutorial of the process below if you want.  It’s better then going through all the photos individually and remember, I’m lazy.

I really like the random way she marked where the stars should be.  It gives it a much more natural look.  I’m not 100% sure that she needed all of the LED strips she used, but hey, it works, and it only uses about 6W fo it’s all good.I’m very happy that she used warm-white light, it’s muchnicer then the harsh white light.

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LED Log Lamp

Finished Lamp

Yes, a 3rd lamp post this month.  Sue me.  Instructable user Trask River Productions has put together a very comprehensive 34 step instructable on how to make this really good looking Log lamp shown above.  Honestly, it looks very well made, which makes sense considering the person/company.  I’m impressed with cutting out all the wood from the base to get the the electronics to fit.  I would have expected it to be in an attachment to the base.  I bet they could (and hopefully do), sell these for $100, there’s quite alot of work that’s gone into them.

They used a regular log and cut it into sections:

cutting the wood

After the pieces are cut, holes are drilled in each one to run the tube:

holed wood

I was going to show more photos, but why bother when you’re better off reading the Instructable yourself.  This way you get all the correct information straight from the source.  If I had a place for something like this, I’d make it, but I have no room anywhere, so it’s not worth it, not yet anyway.  The one change I would make is instead of a regular light bulb on the top, I’d continue the LEDs up there.  Make the whole thing LEDs, it’s better.  They have warm white LEDs too, so it’s all good.

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90,000 Lumen LED Flashlight

There’s LED flashlights, and then there are LED Flashlights.  This is the latter.  This is a custom built 90,000 lumen flashlight that is bright enough to light up a mountain side.  Daniel Riley has constructed this beast by strapping together 10 (ten) 100W LEDs each with their own driver and heat sink.  He then used two rechargeable batteries to power it.  It can only give off about 10 minutes of light, but that’s more then enough because if you’re looking for someone, they will be blinded for enough time for you to stumble your way to them.

It could probably even stop Big Foot, at least for a few seconds anyway.  Enough for you to stumble your way in the other direction.  I do really love the comparisons he made in the video.  Too often people just post the final product, but without a side by side (or in this case, sequential) usage, it’s impossible to tell just how brighter each one is.

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