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Getting up in the middle of the night and flicking on a bright overhead light in the bathroom so you can use it isn’t the best way to wake up. To solve that problem, 43oh forum member Fred decided to make a simple motion-sensitive light for his bathroom.
Nearly everyone uses glass bottles and needs lamps, so why not make a lamp out of a used bottle? Here are two ways you can get this project done, either with a traditional tungsten filament or a more modern LED.
We’ve previously looked at some great ways to achieve ambient lighting with and without rope lighting. If you have some to spare, consider running them underneath your kitchen or bathroom cabinets or island to make sure you never stub your toe in the middle of the night again.
If you’re looking for a good Arduino starter project, and you have the tools and time to get the job done, here’s a great seasonal activity that will help you build your skills and join your house’s holiday light display to a global network of lights, all synchronised and controlled by Twitter.
Regardless of the production year, it seems a lot of cars don’t have decent lighting systems in the interior. DIY blog PlastiBots decided the best solution for finding missing objects in the dark was to add LED lights into the footwell controlled by a small switch.
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.