Leds & Light Hacks

How to: DIY Laser Security Systems

How to: DIY Laser Security Systems

You always see sophisticated laser systems in movies, but those are super expensive, right?  Nah, with a simple red laser and a photocell, DIY laser security is simple.  There are a few different ways to setup your system and we’ll walk...
DIY Seven Color Handheld Laser

DIY Seven Color Handheld Laser

Combining green, red, and blue lasers, this brilliant hacker created a seven color laser and even the illusive white laser! Using various mirrors and optics, he’s able to create color combinations and lighting effects. The whole system is so...
How to: Make a Blu-Ray Laser Phaser

How to: Make a Blu-Ray Laser Phaser

Build your very own Trek-style Blu-Ray laser phaser with this hacker's how-to video from Kip Kay of Make Magazine. To replicate this hack at home, you'll need the following materials: (1) a PS3 Blu-Ray laser assembly (which can be had on eBay for...
Build a Laser Light Show

Build a Laser Light Show

A laser light show is possible to replicate with the diffraction grating effect. Different laser effects can be created using a variety of materials: small motors and diffraction grating pieces, and mirrors. It's possible to create...
Twirling LED Sculpture of Doom!

Twirling LED Sculpture of Doom!

“The Particle” is a kinetic sculpture that experiments with color, sound and movement. A sensor monitoring system analyzes the users movements in the exhibition space. Around the space occupied by the sculpture defines a surround sound system...
How to Build a Laser Spy Microphone

How to Build a Laser Spy Microphone

Listen to conversations over long distances with a homemade laser listening device. All you'll need is a laser pointer, tripod, old pair of headphones, photocell, a recording device, and the step-by-step instructions in this how-to video. The...
Wifi Detecting Bumper Sticker

Wifi Detecting Bumper Sticker

By using electroluminescent parts from ThinkGeek’s epic Wifi-Detection shirt ($20), this modder created a sweet wifi-detecting bumper sticker.  It’s a super simple project you can build yourself an EL bumper sticker in a few hours with...
How to: Avatar-Style Fiber Optic Pandora Jungle

How to: Avatar-Style Fiber Optic Pandora Jungle

By now, you’ve probably seen the bioluminescent jungles of Pandora in the movie Avatar.  Throughout the movie, I kept thinking of how to re-create some of the environment with the help of EL wire, fiber optics, and modern lighting...
DIY Laser Build: 12X Blu-ray Star Trek Phaser!

DIY Laser Build: 12X Blu-ray Star Trek Phaser!

Here’s another fantastic tutorial from Jay, our DIY lasers expert. See all of our DIY laser projects! In this project, I’ll show you how to create your own super powerful Blu-Ray Star Trek Phaser using a 1994 Classic Star Trek...
Create Techno with a Laser Harp

Create Techno with a Laser Harp

Ever wanted to make your own techno music, but are tired of the standard midi controller? Well, you could build a harp (of all instruments) out of lasers and then play it by breaking the beams of light. See how it’s done. The harp is...