Virtual Lighting Studio Teaches You Through Experimentation

Becoming a good photographer requires several things, and one of the hardest to learn is lighting. Virtual Lighting Studio is a free web app that lets you light a (pretty awkward) subject with up to six lights so you can see how each setup affects the image. Because lighting is one of those things that you learn best by practice, this is possibly the easiest way to understand what different arrangements can do for your image.

Accent Your Stairs With Cheap LED Strips And An Arduino

If you’re looking for a way to spice up your boring staircase, DIYer Geert shows off a simple way to safely light up your stairwell with programmable, colour-changing LED strips mounted directly to the stairs.

Make An Ambient Lamp Out Of A Milk Bottle

This portable lamp is just a milk bottle filled with water, with a headlamp pointing into it. It’s a clever repurposing trick that creates a great soft light perfect for reading, writing or illuminating the outdoors.

Make A Motion-Sensitive Light For The Bathroom

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.

Two DIY Lamps Made From Glass Bottles

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.

Add Rope Lighting Under Your Bathroom Cabinets

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.

Build A Christmas Light Controller And Join A Global Network Of Lights

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.

Hack New Lights Into Your Car Interior

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.

Build A Thermoelectric Lamp

Instructables user scraptopower designed a thermoelectric lamp that can convert heat into small amounts of electricity. One of the best uses for this is building an LED lamp that runs from tea candles.

When Should You Not Use An Energy-Saving CFL Bulb?

A major part of how I cut my electric bill was swapping out old incandescent light bulbs to CFLs, which use less energy and last longer. On paper, the CFLs are better in every way, but apparently, Unpluggd says there are some times when you shouldn’t use them.