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Project by nayo posted 03-04-2014 11:51 PM 2098 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am looking for a way to install battery powered LED lights for my house, as here in my city we have programmed blackouts from our electric company quite often, even two times a week, so today i found some parts lying around and decided to give it a try.

I got the LED diode from a cheap flashlight, the battery holder from an old radio or car or something, and put it together.

I also added a strong rare earth magnet that i scavenged from an old hard drive to make it more useful.

What i dont like is that ugly big red switch, but that was the smallest one i could find here, so i will try to build a wooden one next time(kidding)

and the end result is quite impressive for a little LED,

This was just a test, in the future i will try to hide the screws, and don’t make unnecessary holes( that fourth one was to close to the switch) and make them prettier, and see if they sell.


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#1 posted 03-05-2014 03:06 AM

Interesting project, very creative.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 07:20 PM

Hmm might have to do that for our barn

Thanks for sharing, very cool idea

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 08:38 PM

Nayo, send me a PM and we can discuss getting you some smaller switches!
You have a bright idea ... pun intended!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#4 posted 03-06-2014 06:02 PM

Nice and practical solution

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-07-2014 04:18 PM

Nice prototype Nayo! I don’t understand what the magnet does. Are these intended to sit on a table? One thought about the screws on the back/bottom…if the bottom were thicker (and you have a keyhole router bit). You could put the screws in the main piece and use the heads to secure the bottom that had keyholes around the edges. Hope that’s clear. I know it’s difficult if not impossible to find some things where you are. However you make it, this should be a good seller. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 03-07-2014 04:30 PM


if i had made that part thicker, the magnet will had lose strength, but as this was a test, i will do the next ones different, i will do that piece thicker, and will make a recess to put the magnet there, that way i will be able to hide the screws or put them on the main piece. and key hole bit here, in my dreams. i know i complain to much about not having all those nice tool here, but when i see what you can do there with the tools that you have… i wish i could move there :)

anyway, once i have a final design, i will post it here.


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#7 posted 03-07-2014 04:40 PM

I see now. Looking forward to the ‘new and improved’ version!

-- God bless, Candy

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