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Most ambient lights and sensors are designed to generate light to even out the picture on the front of the panel and reduce any light bleed from the back of an LCD display. This Arduino-powered Shiftbrite LED ambilight setup takes things a step further by automatically adjusting the colour and intensity of the ambient lights on the back of the display to match whatever is on-screen. Plus, it’s pretty easy on the eyes.
The video above shows how a man in an impoverished urban area in the Philippines created a solar light to brighten the densely packed windowless homes that are dark inside even when the sun is shining brightly. The method involves making a roof cutout to support the bottle and filling the bottle with water and a little bleach.
Almost everyone knows the feeling of turning off the lights or sitting down to watch a movie only to be annoyed by bright, glowing blue and red LEDs on the front of your electronics. LightDims are stickers that will either block those LEDs entirely, or just dim them a bit so they’re not distracting.