LED Lighting Projects

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LED Lighting Projects
LED lights can be placed inside of translucent objects to create colourful displays. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, are used in a number of technological applications in 2010. Screens for appliances from laptop computers to global positioning systems and cell phones are made from LED technology. Lighting projects also employ LED technology for its ability to display bright and colourful illumination. LED technology can be employed in a number of ways, from individual lights to long glowing strips, to create personalised lighting projects.

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LED Balloons

Balloons and LED lights can be combined for a floating light project. The lighting project is recommended by online technology resource Hack N Mod and requires very little technological savvy and only a handful of materials. Materials required are colourful balloons, individual LED lights and enough batteries for each LED light. Inflate the balloons with helium so that they will float. Attach each LED light to a battery and place them, one apiece, inside of the inflated balloons before tying the knot. The light will illuminate the balloon, and its light will assume the colour of the balloon's skin, making for a kaleidoscopic LED display.

LED Clothing

LED clothing can be made with a substance known alternately as El Wire and Glowire. El Wire is strips of LED lighting that can be sew onto clothing as a personalised LED lighting project. The technology was first used by the techno duo Daft Punk on its Alive 2007 tour. Companies such as Glowire produce El Wire strips for home use, while custom clothing lines like Enlighted Designs, from which the original Daft Punk costumes were commissioned, produce LED clothes to order.

LED Bicycle Wheels

LED lights can be used to make blinking or static displays on bicycle spokes. Companies such as Adafruit Industries sell kits containing all the LED lights, magnets and instructions required to create patterns on bicycle wheels. This LED light project is customisable. Users can use the lights included in such a kit to create any pattern they'd like. Sample projects include a red and orange biohazard symbol and a bright blue ghost. More tech savvy bike owners will be able to create such a project without a kit simply using coloured LED lights.

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