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Low-Budget Virtual Production Rig

Low-Budget Virtual Production Rig

We’ve seen how The Mandalorian uses a giant wraparound screen and camera tracking tech to produce immersive environments. Jelle Vermandere doesn’t have a Disney-sized budget, so instead, he built a homebrew rig that uses a ring of lights synced with a virtual environment to match his lighting to the scene.

RGB LED Tower Desk Light

RGB LED Tower Desk Light

Add a bit of cyberpunk style to any desktop with these LED lamps from AshelArt. The 15″ tall lamps are made from a stack of acrylic tiles which diffuse color through their edges and can display a variety of colorful lighting and rainbow effects. It’s sound-sensitive too, so it can change colors to the beat of your music.

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Mario Kart Rainbow Road Real Life Track

Mario Kart Rainbow Road Real Life Track

The Rainbow Road levels are some of the most memorable in the Mario Kart games. Mutch Games built a real-world replica of the SNES course with LED lighting and mechanized Thwomps. He combined the track with gameplay footage using the Switch AR game Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. He’s built several other levels too.

Stacked Rings RGB LED Floor Lamp

Stacked Rings RGB LED Floor Lamp
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This modern floor lamp from Lamp Depot brings an array of vibrant colors into your space. The 43″ tall structure consists of five balancing rings with embedded RGB LED lights. The included remote control lets you choose from 16 million colors and 358 different lighting effects. Made from aluminum and silicone.

Ulanzi RGB Tube Light

Ulanzi RGB Tube Light
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This compact, tubular light adds a splash of color to photographs or can set the mood of any setting. It offers adjustable color temperatures, RGB color, and effects modes. A strong magnet and tripod thread provide versatile mounting options. Depending on brightness, it can run from 2 to 15 hours per charge.

LED RGB TV Backlight

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Putting a backlight behind your TV can improve perceived contrast, reduce eyestrain, and also looks cool. This inexpensive RGB LED strip light attaches to the back of TVs to add a splash of color. It comes with presets for various moods and can be controlled via a smartphone app. It can also sync up with music.

Secretlab MAGNUS Metal Desk

Secretlab MAGNUS Metal Desk
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This slick desk is ideal for PC gamers with its stealthy black metal surface and legs. Its 59.1″ x 27.6″ desktop is large enough for multiple monitors and has plenty of room for mousing. It includes a covered cable management tray, and can be upgraded with RGB lighting, a magnetic desk mat, and cable management accessories.

Making a Light-up Party Kayak

Making a Light-up Party Kayak

Xyla Foxlin likes to build all kinds of things but has a special affinity for canoes and paddles. Using an existing canoe as a mold, she created a translucent fiberglass vessel that she wired up with strips of RGB LED lighting, making it the most vibrant and colorful boat on the water.

Noodle Pad v1.0 Keyboard

Noodle Pad v1.0 Keyboard
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The Mad Noodle’s 8-key mechanical keyboard is fully programmable. It has Cherry MX switches, an knurled encoder knob, and RGB LED accent lighting in its baseplate. Outfit it with custom keycaps and make it your own. It runs QMK firmware for ease of configurability. They also make a special Star Trek edition.

ULANZI VL49 RGB Photography Light

ULANZI VL49 RGB Photography Light

This 3″ fill light can mount in a camera’s hot shoe or stick to metal surfaces, providing a bright source of illumination in a wide variety of colors. It offers a color temperature range of 2500K(warm) to 9000K(cold), plus hundreds of other colors thanks to RGB LEDs. At max brightness, it runs for about 2 hours on a charge.

Novostella LED Floodlights

Novostella LED Floodlights
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These waterproof LED lights add a wash of color indoors or out. The brightest model punches out 60 watts of illumination and comes with a 44-key remote to change colors and brightness, as well as fade and strobe modes. Sold in sets of two. It also comes in 20-watt and 100-watt variants.

Marsback RGB 75% Keyboard

Marsback RGB 75% Keyboard

Marsback’s compact 75% keyboard is noteworthy for its CNC-milled translucent polycarbonate base, which allows its colorful LEDs to show through around and behind its keys. The 84-key mechanical keyboard has both wired and wireless modes, and durable PBT keycaps in both Mac and Windows layouts.

Color-changing Filament Bulbs

Color-changing Filament Bulbs

Feit Electric’s unique smart light bulb can produce the warm amber glow of an old-fashioned Edison-style filament lamp, or one of millions of colors from its RGB LED strips. Works in any standard E26 base, and can be controlled remotely via Alexa, Google Assistant, or the Feit Electric app.

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Ping Pong LED Video Wall 3.0

Ping Pong LED Video Wall 3.0

Bitluni’s Lab continues to upgrade his DIY video wall project by supersizing it to 1920 ping pong ball pixels, each illuminated by an RGBW LED. With its latest circuit, it can stream live video at up to 74fps. Unlike the prior versions, he didn’t have to drill tons of holes, and it’s made up of multiple small panels instead of one big one.

Infinity LED Tail Lights

Infinity LED Tail Lights

We’re not sure if they’re street legal, but we think every car should have taillights like the ones on this 1991 Nissan Skyline GTS-4. Steve Molans of Skeptik Innovations built these custom lights which use RGB LEDs and mirrors to create an infinite effect and can change colors. They still work as normal brake lights and turn indicators.

ROCCAT Vulcan TKL Pro Keyboard

ROCCAT Vulcan TKL Pro Keyboard
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ROCCAT’s award-winning Vulcan Pro gaming keyboard gets a tenkeyless (88-key) version, cutting down on its footprint, while still retaining its great design and responsive opto-mechanical keys. Its Titan switches are extremely long-lasting and feature slick floating keycaps along with programmable RGB backlighting.

HyperX Quadcast S RGB Microphone

HyperX Quadcast S RGB Microphone
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This unique USB microphone adds a splash of color to content creators’ desktops. In addition to its dynamic RGB lighting, its audio features are no slouch, with adjustable polar patterns, an internal pop filter, gain control, tap-to-mute, and an anti-vibration shock mount. Compatible with Mac, PC, and PS4.

Dierya 60% RGB Keyboard

Dierya 60% RGB Keyboard
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An ultra-compact 60% keyboard that features top-end features without breaking the bank. It features 63 anti-ghosting mechanical keys with RGB backlighting, and works with either a wired USB or wireless Bluetooth connection. Available in four different key firmnesses.

NovelLife RGB “Nixie” Clock

NovelLife RGB “Nixie” Clock
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Like the Gixie Clock, this tabletop digital clock uses RGB LEDs and sheets of laser-etched acrylic to simulate the look of an old Nixie tube clock, but with multiple colors. It offers a variety of color modes, supports 12/24 hour time formats, and has an alarm function. Requires a Windows PC or Mac for programming.

Mini LED USB Ambient Light

Mini LED USB Ambient Light
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Add a splash of color any place you have a spare USB port – these tiny RGB LED lights are perfect for ambient light by your computer or even in your car. They offer an auto on/off photosensor, 8 different color settings, color-cycling, and a gradient “breathing” effect mode.

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Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard

Steelseries Apex Pro Keyboard

The Apex Pro is designed to offer the fastest response time (0.7ms) and longest life (100 million presses) of any mechanical keyboard you can buy. It also lets you customize the actuation distance of each key individually, has customizable RGB backlighting, and a programmable OLED display and command wheel.

GVM RGB Camera Light

GVM RGB Camera Light
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Whether you need extra fill light or want to add dramatic color to your photos, this bargain-priced add-on has got you covered. It offers adjustable color temperatures from 3200K to 5600K, along with a huge array of colors and brightness levels you can control via its app. Its adjustable mount fits hot shoes and tripods.

Spinning LED Light Ball

Spinning LED Light Ball

We had to go back in time to 2010 to find the original video of this crazy device, but the payoff was worth it. Forssa1’s crazy spinning contraption is loaded up with RGB LEDs and looks like some sort of inter-dimensional travel portal when activated. More here.

Anidees Prismatic Gaming Keyboard

Anidees Prismatic Gaming Keyboard
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This RGB backlit compact keyboard features ultra low-profile, clicky mechanical keys. With just 67 keys, it’s about as minimal as you can get, and supports operation in both USB wired and Bluetooth wireless modes. Supports N-key rollover, and anti-ghosting for gaming.

E-Element Z-88 Keyboard

E-Element Z-88 Keyboard
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This compact keyboard RGB backlighting and high-tech styling. It packs 81 anti-ghosting Outemu tactile mechanical keys, which are compatible with Cherry MX keycaps. Available in black or white. Review video here.

Cordless RGB LED Lamp

Cordless RGB LED Lamp
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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.

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