Featuring a similar design to their excellent TRiLIGHT ceiling light, the Rover is a super-bright, 1200 lumen portable LED light which offers a 180º pivoting head, as well as flood and focus lens modes. It’s rechargeable, has hanging hooks, and a standard tripod mount.
Artist Cyril Bagnost presents a cool take on 3D acrylic illusion lamps, with whimsical low-poly designs cut precisely to the outline of the animal. The bulldog and panther are pretty sweet, but we also dig his Jeff Koons-inspired balloon dog. Lamps are powered via USB.
This compact, water resistant light is small enough to carry in just about any bag, or even in your pocket in a pinch. It pushes out up to 280 lumens, runs up to 10h at half brightness, and doubles as a 3000 mAH USB charger. Magnets and hooks provide mounting versatility.
Add a warm glow or a splash of color to any room with this USB rechargeable LED lamp. It can run up to 11 hours in nightlight mode, or 2 to 3 hours at full brightness for reading. Select from hundreds of colors, and never change a bulb with its 35,000 hour estimated life.
Rctestflight shows off some eyepopping desert aerial photography, the most impressive of which are the nighttime shots starting at 1:09. They used multiple drones – one to capture the imagery and another to provide illumination using a powerful 1kW LED light source.
For decades, artists had to rely on clunky old lightboxes if they wanted to trace a subject. We recently discovered modern lightboxes, which are thin and portable. They use bright white LED illumination and USB power. There’s a good variety of styles and sizes over on Amazon.
A fresh take on snap-together building blocks, each oversize Light Stax brick has a built in LED light source. When placed on the powered base block, your creation lights up. Available in sets ranging from 12 pieces to 102 pieces, as well as an educator’s set with multiple power bases.
This unique chess set features glass pieces with LEDs inside of them, providing a soft glow of light from each one. The lights use inductive power so they only glow when placed close to the board, and don’t require individual batteries. In blue/white or blue/red combos.
Make: author Caleb Kraft came across this nifty plaything by Mike’s Electric Stuff, which uses sensors and a cylindrical grid of LEDs that simulate falling snow or sand as it’s flipped end-over-end. Mike needs to turn this thing into a toy you can buy. He’d sell thousands.
Adafruit Industries shares a relatively simple, yet very cool project – a wand which displays a persistence of vision illusion when waved in the air. Naturally, the build uses parts from Adafruit, including DotStar LEDs, and a Feather controller board. Tutorial, files, and code here.
This accent light can be used either a wall- or table-mounted, and displays colorful light animations which spread from its perimeter into the toroidal pattern in its center. Made from CNC machined maple wood with an etched acrylic top. Comes in 12″, 18″ and 24″ sizes.
If you thought the LED flashlight you bought was bright, wait til you get a load of this thing. Matt of DIY Perks recently got their hands on a $500, 500-watt LED module from YUJILEDs, unboxed it, then connected it to a power source to show off just how intense its beam is.
This futuristic looking timepiece features real carbon fiber components, and a sculpted display that looks like turbine fan blades. Time is indicated via animated LED tubes, which operate in two different display modes. Available with red, blue, or green LEDs.
An absolutely stunning retrofuturist timepiece, featuring four miniature Soviet-era Nixie tubes for its display. The circuitry is housed in a body milled from a block of aluminum, and can activate automatically when you turn your wrist. Includes a wireless wooden charging stand.
10KLumen shows off a super cool build – a slick replica of the headgear that Jay Kay wore in the music video for Automaton. It lights up, changes colors, and even has moving spikes. Learn how you can win one of the helmets on their Facebook page. (Thanks Victor!)
A great writing instrument when you need to write in a darkened location without impacting your night vision. This tactical pen has got a red LED for illumination at the tip, a non-reflective metal barrel, and comes with a pressurized ink cartridge that writes in all conditions.
Etsy seller PurpleWires takes ordinary coffee tables and makes them extraordinary coffee tables. Choose from tables which light up with rainbow colored animations, or even let you play Tetris or Snake. Our only concern is shipping the furniture all the way from Ukraine.
We’ve got Striker’s awesome LED lights in our garage, and they do a fantastic job. They’re super bright, adjustable, and have a motion sensor built in. We’re giving away one to a lucky reader ($129 value), and everyone gets 20% off with promo code AWESOME at the Striker shop.