Archive for the ‘LED’ Category

Make your own LED camera light for less than $2 – lasts longer than Camerabright

ProdMod DIY camera Light

Tests Battery Test | Photo Sample | Video Test
Upgrade Built-in screw stud |
Fixed Voltage
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Ever since digital cameras took decent video I stopped carrying around my DV video camera and instead use my point and shoot digital camera to take a few minutes of MOV or MPG video here and there. The only problem is my digicam is not equipped with a light to brighten up the videos I take indoors. So a while ago I searched for an LED light to use with my digital camera and I found one company that makes one that you screw into the tripod mount standard on all cameras. It costs about $30 to $40 bucks, has 4 white LEDs and takes 6 CR2032 coin cell batteries. I thought the price was ok, but there were some things I didn’t like about it and other people have also commented on.

So I decided to make my own and show you how.

First here is a comparison of the ProdMod DIY camera light vs. Camerabright.

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Cheap LED Hula Hoop $15


Now this is my kind of maker.

He saw a need-
“Some friends wanted a lighted hula hoop for burningman”

He identified the outrageous retail price of the product-
“they turned out to be about $200 each”

And he bravely concluded-
“I decided to make one”

Awesome. A perfect thought process for the modern consumer.

He said it costs about $15 in parts and about 2 hours time.
What a difference $15 vs $200!

That got me thinking —

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Glowing LED Green Lantern Ring

I found a pretty cool instructable today on how to make a Green-lantern like glowing ring using resin and an LED.

One of the first things the creator Honus mentions is that he can not sell the item.

I would guess its because its a copyrighted symbol of the comic book owned by DC comics.

But if it was just a ring that glows a particular color, it should be ok to sell, right?