Leds & Light Hacks

The Human Powered Party Bike

The Human Powered Party Bike

Take your average run of the mill bike, cut, weld, add foam, wire and throw in some LEDs to create your own personal party bike. This "soul bike" as the creator calls it can be pedal or battery powered and is a blast at events, parties, and...
Massive 500-LED Extreme Flashlight

Massive 500-LED Extreme Flashlight

The first question some may ask is “Why?”  Those of us who are LED addicts say “Why the hell not?”  This guy literally took 500 bright white LEDs and created his own giant 50W flashlight.  While it may have been just ever so slightly...
How to: Simple Green Laser Light Show Projector

How to: Simple Green Laser Light Show Projector

Here's how to make a simple green laser projector using a DC motor, pipes, and...
Make LEDs Thump to the Beat of your Music

Make LEDs Thump to the Beat of your Music

This would definitely be an awesome addition to any party. Using an output from your computer or speakers, you can hook up a few LEDs, and they’ll pulsate to the beat of your music. You can expand upon this and hook this entire thing up to...
How to: Transmit Data Through a Laser

How to: Transmit Data Through a Laser

Secretly shoot your voice across the room in stealth mode on a laser beam in this fun and easy project! Make Magazine and Kipkay present this cool spy trick. Build a simple laser communicator that transmits your voice across a room. You need an...
Build a Daft Punk LED Table

Build a Daft Punk LED Table

Learn to build a segmented LED table just like Daft Punk displays. It’s fairly easy to create and control with various LED patterns and animations. Plus, it makes an outstanding centerpiece for your living room next to your giant NES...
Tutorial: How to Make LED Cubes

Tutorial: How to Make LED Cubes

The warm ambient glow of the LED Cube’s fantastic display of illuminated animation and hours of programming. They’re actually easier to create than you may think. We’ll show you how in plain English using simple designs and...
Arduino and Ikea = Superb RGB LED Table Hack

Arduino and Ikea = Superb RGB LED Table Hack

Taking a stock Ikea table, this hacker added a set of 81 individually controlled RGB LEDs to the frame, creating a glowing livingroom centerpiece.  Using the Arduino, he can individually address each LED to control the color change.  Now if only...
The LED: History and How to Build One

The LED: History and How to Build One

Take a tour through the world of the light-emitting diode. Learn - who invented it, how to use it, and how to make your own. Collin Cunningham: People are fascinated by light. I mean just glancing over at a display of flashing lights can grab my...
How to: Make a 200mw Burning Laser

How to: Make a 200mw Burning Laser

Don't use a perfectly good DVD burner to get your laser that will pop balloons, light matches, and burn stuff. Just buy a laser diode at mfgcn.com and also a laser housing, and you won't be tearing a computer DVD player apart. This is the easy way...