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Lamp-night light “Angel”

To be honest, lately I have been very often visited by the ideas of creating night lamps using RGB LEDs with a built-in controller. And this is no accident. Firstly, it is very convenient to work with such RGB LEDs, there is no need to install an additional controller and (or) remote control, this significantly reduces the cost and simplifies the design. Secondly, a very simple wiring diagram and no problems with the LED power supply. The low consumption of RGB LEDs allows for a small dimming to use a conventional variable resistor with a resistance of about 100 Ohm.
I was so carried away by lamps and nightlights, I even abandoned a new model of a decorative indoor waterfall, although the idea there is also interesting. Some aspects of the new waterfall idea were used in this lamp.
 Night light 'Angel'

The idea of ​​creating a new night light came after experiments with the scattering of light from an RGB LED by various objects: a piece of white polypropylene water pipe, silicone sealant tips, syringe caps.
 Night light Night light The white tube suddenly glowed brightly, although its walls are very thick. I got an idea to make glowing columns.
Night lamp A cute figurine of an angel was bought in a souvenir shop, according to my ideas it should fit well between the glowing columns. < br> Lamp-night light To make the lamp you will need the following materials:
– 20mm thick foam for the base;
– 20mm thick foam;
– two pieces of PP tube 20mm in diameter, 90-110mm long;
– four white covers from juice “Dobry”;
– two RGB LEDs with a slow color change;
– a wire with a USB connector from a faulty mouse (it is planned to use charging for power supply) or any power adapter (charger) with an output voltage of 5V;
– a figurine of an angel.
Night lamp From tools you will need:
– homemade device for cutting foam with adjustable power supply (the device is not necessary, but it is very convenient to use);
– ruler;
– square;
– clerical knife.
Night light During the work, we additionally used: a soldering iron for soldering and solder, a soldering iron for working with foam (specially allocated for for these purposes from their stocks), a thermal gun, wires, heat shrinkage.
Night lamp Having roughly estimated the future design of the lamp, I cut a blank for the base 155×70 from foam, as well as the blank for the upper parts (lintels) made of polystyrene with dimensions 137×48.
Night lamp  Night lamp Night lamp Night lamp At the base, using a homemade device, I cut off the upper edges around the perimeter.
 Night lamp The tubes turned out to be 107 mm long, I just cut the PP tube with which I experimented in half.
 Night lamp First fitting. I like everything so far.
Night lamp Let's start with the highlighting. According to the plan, juice plugs with glued-in RGB LEDs will be glued to the base from above. I mark holes for wires for RGB LEDs.
Night lamp I melt through holes with a soldering iron for foam plastic. Of course they can be drilled and pierced, but using a soldering iron is simple and effective.
Night lamp At the back of the base I melt a hole for the supply wire.
Angel night lamp I will make wire connections right at the base. With a soldering iron, I melt the grooves between the three holes.
Night lamp I noticed that when powered by 5V RGB, the LEDs heat up, and one LED in the previous lamp model began to malfunction, the red color did not burn, but blinked. Either it was a marriage or overheating. Just in case, in order to avoid overheating, I decided to use a thick wire for the power supply minus to remove heat. After all, the crystal is sitting on the minus.
Angel night lamp Night lamp I drill 5mm holes in the juice caps and glue RGB LEDs on hot melt glue. I bite off the negative legs shortly so that the heat-dissipating wire works more efficiently.
Night lamp Prepared negative wires. They are of different lengths to offset the soldering points of the negative and positive wires relative to the supply wire.
Night lamp I solder the wires to the negative legs of the LEDs.
Angel night lamp I solder thin wires to the plus legs, anyway the plus leg of the RGB LED is connected to the crystal with a very thin wire. < br> Night lamp  Night lamp I insulate the plus legs with heat shrinkage.
Lamp -night-night Be sure to check the operation of RGB LEDs at every stage, suddenly from overheating during installation they will fail or start plugging in, a fully assembled lamp will be more difficult to disassemble and repair.
 Night lamp I fill the juice lids with hot melt glue to glue them to the base. After connecting, I immediately turn the base over with the lids up so that the glue in the lid spreads over the base.
Night light The wire from the faulty mouse did not work, it can be seen somewhere broken, used a wire from a faulty charger and a collapsible connector USB.
I forgot to take a detailed picture of the next stage, so I will describe in more detail: we connect the LED conductors in parallel (plus to plus, minus to minus) and solder the wire with the USB connector at the junction points with the plus conductor to the pluses of the LEDs, and the minus ones, respectively, to the minus.
Night light I insulated the connection of the positive wires with heat shrinkage, I did not insulate the negative solder. I put the wires in the melted groove and filled them with hot melt glue. To make the pouring surface even, I used a silicone soldering mat. Hot glue does not stick to it. After filling the groove with hot melt glue, I applied the base to the rug, pressed it and held it for several minutes until the glue hardens. Photo result:
Night lamp Again I check to see if the backlight works.
 Night lamp Night lamp I hot glue the pipe sections to the caps, and I glue two more caps on top of the pipe. I fill the top caps with hot melt glue, attach a foam jumper to the caps and turn it over to spread the glue. I'm waiting for the glue to harden.
Night lamp Here's what happened.
 Night lamp Night lamp Night lamp Checking the highlighting.
 Night lamp Night lamp  Night lamp Night lamp I remove sharp edges on the upper foam jumper with a soldering iron. I remove smooth spots on the ends.
Night lamp I'm starting painting. I use pearl acrylic enamel.
Lamp -night-night First coat: I apply white-silver enamel to the lintel and base. I want to leave the lintel white, but for the base it will be the first primer layer. I leave it to dry until the next day.
 Lamp-night light 'Angel' The second layer: I cover the base with bronze, cover the top of the lintel with emerald mother-of-pearl.
Night lamp  Night lamp Perhaps I admired the white top for a long time, but I did not like the emerald color. Maybe if the whole jumper was emerald, and not just the top, it would be better, I don't know. I didn't want to paint the whole lamp in dark tones.
I decided to paint over the emerald white, at the same time diversify the surface of the foam lintel (especially the foam texture stood out from below). I also walked along the surface of the base. I used a mixture of white quartz sand and white-silver pearl enamel. I leave it to dry until morning.
The first morning impression – maybe you don't need to paint anymore)) But no, I decided to use gold paint for the jumper. I applied a thin layer with a sponge.
Lamp -night-night The emerald did not completely overlap, the thin layer of the top of the lintel looks rather poor … I took a brush and painted over the top of the lintel. The heart on which the angel sits was covered with pomegranate-colored pearl enamel.
Night light It's much better. I cover the base with bronze a second time.
Night lamp Night lamp  Night lamp Painting completed. The final result.
Night lamp  Night lamp Night lamp  Night lamp Night light  Night lamp Night light Night lamp  Night lamp  Night lamp Video of the “Angel” night light can be viewed in my Instagram . I will sell this homemade product or make it to order. Email me or leave comment for discussion details.

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