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littleBits Nightlights

littleBits Nightlights

by aniketosen | updated September 14, 2013

Playing with littleBits! The kit I was using had mostly some very bright LEDs and ways to make them flash pretty, so I thought it might be cool to use those bright lights to make soft, diffuse light.

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Playing with littleBits! The kit I was using had mostly some very bright LEDs and ways to make them flash pretty, so I thought it might be cool to use those bright lights to make soft, diffuse light.

September 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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Instamorph is a wonderful wonderful plastic that is sturdy at room temperature but if you put it in boiling water, will become malleable. I wanted to start with a sort of bottle or cup shape, but it's sort of hard to form edges like that freehand.

September 14, 2013 at 12:54 AM
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Used the bottom of a glass to make the form more solid-looking!

September 14, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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Diffuuuuuuuse~ I was able to make the plastic thin enough for the light to shine through nicely, though the green LED seemed quite a bit brighter than the blue one.

September 14, 2013 at 12:57 AM
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I felt ambitious and tried my hand at making a rose, then sat it on top of the power light, the brightest, rose-colored LED I had :). Sitting next to it, it shone a constant red, but through the camera I got this yellow-orange-pink-red look. One of those "everything went better than expected" moments.

Now that I know Instamorph works well with bright LEDs, it might be worth investing the plastic in some bigger lights, since my room could use a little more color.

September 14, 2013 at 1:00 AM
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wow, this is beautiful!
about 4 years ago
...also you should post a picture of this next to a quarter (or something) to show the scale!
about 4 years ago