Builder Tom Stanton attached a long vertical LED light bar to his drone, and managed to fly it horizontally to capture some cool long-exposure images. His design is based on Ivan Miranda’s light bar, but you might be able to pull off something similar with a Pixelstick.
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Modustrial Maker teamed up with fellow builder Jonny Builds to transform a huge honkin’ wooden timber beam and sheets of steel into a sculptural ambient floor lamp, loaded up with LED strips that display patterns in reaction to music. We want one of these in our office.
This elegant desk lamp wonderfully marries form with function. It uses cast-iron weights in a counter-balance mechanism to make it easy to adjust the lamp’s height and length. It also uses conductive materials on the joints instead of cables to transmit power.
The guys from electronics site Adafruit Industries show off a fun project you can make for yourself – a trampoline with a cool LED light ring. The lights aren’t just colorful, they can be triggered based on when you jump up and down. Full build guide and parts list here.
We’re loving the Striker TRiLIGHTs we’ve got in our garage, and now we have to get our hands on this slick shop light. This handheld version of their adjustable LED light gives you 3000 lumens that you can aim exactly where you need it, and offers a cool touch surface.
It may be small, but this little keychain flashlight is mighty. It packs a 550 lumen CREE XP-G3 S5 LED, set into a durable stainless steel case with PVD coating. It weighs just 1 oz, measures 2″ long, is IPX-65 water-resistant, and has a built-in micro-USB rechargeable battery.
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.
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.
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.
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