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.
A waterproof lantern you can take anywhere thanks to its inflatable design. It squishes down almost flat, and when filled with air, its body diffuses light. A built-in solar panel lets it charge when you don’t have a USB power source around. Available with white or RGB LEDs.
Light up your room with efficient LED bulbs which can set the mood in millions of different colors. The companion smartphone app can control up to 32 bulbs via Bluetooth, and offers scheduling and countdown timer features. Save 44% on a 2-pack in The Awesomer Shop.
The QcK Prism only features colorful RGB LED illumination, and has two different surfaces, cloth on one side for friction, and a smooth-gliding polymer on the other. The 12 LED zones can be programmed to display colors based on in-game events like low health or ammo.