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Exploding Sun LED Lamp | Simple DIY Project

Exploding Sun LED Lamp | Simple DIY Project

Hi! Maria here from Creativity Hero
channel. In this video I will show you how I made an exploding Sun lamp out of
Styrofoam and optical fibers. The lamp might seem a bit complicated at first
glance, but it is actually very simple project that can be done in a day. Also
it requires just a few basic tools that everyone has at home, so I encourage you
to follow my instructions and make your own outstanding peace of art. Now let’s
get started! For this project I used a Styrofoam sphere with 20 centimeters
diameter. It consists of two halves, which is exactly what I need. This socket needs
to be placed in the center of one half of the sphere, hence I need to make a
hole to fit it in. The diameter of the socket is around 40 millimeters, but I
couldn’t use the socket itself to draw a circle because it is bell shaped, and it
is much wider on the end. Luckily, the electrical tape that I have
has exactly 40 millimeters diameter so I took it to outline the circle. The
opening I made with the utility knife which works pretty well on Styrofoam. I
tried to follow the line very carefully, making sure I don’t remove more than I
needed. The opening perfectly fits the socket and now I can move on to the next
step. Here I have around 100 meters of optical fibers that need to be inserted
into the sphere. But first I’ll use a medical needle to make tiny holes into
the Styrofoam. In order to be able to insert the fibers easily I made as many
holes as possible on both halves of the sphere. The hub of the needle served as a
handle, thus it was very easy to make those holes. Be sure to check out the
video description where you can find links to all the tools and materials
needed for this project. Once I’m done with the holes, I need to
attach magnets to the sphere, to keep the two halves together. Instead glue, I
decided to use magnets because that way I can easily remove one half of the
sphere and replace the bulb if needed. I have for now Neodymium magnets with size 20 by 10 by 4 millimeters. They are pretty large, so I’ll attach them
vertically, which means they’ll attract each other with the smallest surface of
10 by 4 millimeters. The neodymium magnets are very strong and they’ll hold
the two halves together pretty well. To attach the magnets onto the Styrofoam
I used 5 min epoxy. But if you choose different type of glue, you might
want to test it first, because it can melt or dissolve the Styrofoam. Also, when gluing the magnets make sure they attract each other on both sides. Now it
is time to make the sphere more vibrant by adding some color to it.
At first I wanted to spray-paint the sphere, but after spraying a scrap piece
of Styrofoam, I noticed that it started to melt. That’s why I went with acrylic
paint, and combined white as a primary color with a few drops of yellow and red
tint in order to get a color that will remind of the Sun. While the paint was drying, I continued
with the optical fibers. I cut different lengths of the fibers with scissors. The
shortest are 5 centimeters, and the longest are around 60 centimeters.
This will actually give the effect of explosion of the Sun. Before I started
inserting the fibers, I noticed that I actually needed more holes into the foam,
therefore I took the needle and made a bunch of other random holes. This
additional step didn’t affect the color at all. Now I can move on to the most
time-consuming part of the project, which is inserting the fibers into the holes. This type of optical fibers perfectly transmits to light from one end of the
fiber to the other. It took me around 2 hours to finish this step. To keep the fibers in place, I applied
hot glue onto the fibers inside the sphere.
I used toothpicks to apply a small amount of hot glue on each fiber. This
also gave the hot glue time to cool down just a little,
because when applied directly it melds the fibers. You need to be very careful
here and avoid applying glue directly onto the end of the fiber, since you
don’t want to prevent the light transmission. Next, I moved on to the
socket. I cut around 20 centimeters cable and removed 2 centimeters of the
jacket with a utility knife. I used wire strippers to remove the insulation off
of the ends of the wires. Then, I attached the wires into the socket interior and
screwed on the shell. I chose warm white LED light bulb. It is
very important to use LED bulb because it produces very small amount of heat.
Now that I am done assembling the parts, I can mount it onto the ceiling. Finally,
I can attach the other half of the sphere, turn the light on and enjoy the
mesmerizing beauty of the lamp. This is very simple and unique project which can
be used both indoors and outdoors. There are no limits on how you can make this
lamp: you can use larger or smaller sphere, you can add more optical fibers,
you can even change the color of the sphere and the lights, it’s all up to
you. Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you do,
give me a thumbs up and let me know what you think in the comment section below.
Also, subscribe to my channel and hit the notifications build to never miss
another video. Bye and see you in the next one!

58 comments found

  1. -Really great work Maria!!!! I admire you about the way you present every detail in your constructions.Keep going. Thank you for sharing it with us. Panos.

  2. Хорошее видео с ужасным английским , звук отключил .

  3. I will do this but with cast aclyric and I think I can make the fiber goes out from one side and end in the sphere rather than leave it free in the air

  4. You disappeared! Glad you came back with a great project. Congratulations. I'm with this new channel, come and meet!

  5. А о пожарной безопасности кто нибудь задумывается? А так классно.

  6. Really nice idea, I think my nephew would love one. I saw other people commenting on your English and they’re right, it’s very good. May I give you two tips to help you? One is very subtle: try to notice the difference between the Spanish pronunciation of a word like “two” and how native speakers of English pronounce it: the “t” is much harder in Spanish than it is in general English. It’s almost as if it were spelled “tch” in Spanish, but softer than that. The other one is usually difficult for Spanish speakers – the open sounds. “Melt”, for instance, has a very open sound and most Spanish speakers pronounce it with a closed sound (because it’s the closest in Spanish). However, you can almost do it when you say “door”, which is great already. The open sounds are pronounced in a very similar way to the closed ones, except they’re higher in your mouth, almost “hitting” the front part of your palate. Try to say “eh” as if you’re in doubt, with a closed sound, and then project the same sound forwards. Literally imagine the word going up and front, through your nose. You can stretch your neck a little and project your head while learning – most of my students found this helpful when learning the open sounds. The open sounds are also used in lots of other languages, so it’s a good idea to learn how to do them. 🙂

  7. I am glad that you are back and I hope that you have the time to upload a load more of your brilliant DIYs!

    This one is one of my favorites

  8. We're all glad to see you and your work again! This is your best video and one of your best projects yet!

  9. Que bueno que regreses aprendi mucho con tus videos de carpinteria. Que hermosa eres!!!! besos mil!!!! Saludos desde Mexico!!!

  10. Great work , your videos deserve more views, I have found your channel in a search page where I have searched for how to bend acrylic glass. And Subscribed.

  11. As a electrician from Germany. I like the idea but would advise to only use led lights because styrofoam is like a fire hazard .

  12. This was so nice to watch. Such a simple concept with an exquisite outcome. I wish you more views and more subscribers very soon. Keep posting. 🙂

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