UFO Abduction Lamp

UFO Lamp

Parts Included:

  • 30 Bright 5mm LEDs
  • 30 Resistors
  • 2m of wires
  • Pre-programmed circuit board
  • 9v Battery Clip

UFO's are AMAZING, you have to admit it! And I've been getting a lot of feedback for more complicated electronic projects.

The Thingiverse project for this you will find a little different as it uses an arduino and requires programming. I worked with a local electronics store to design a circuit board to do all the heavy lifting and is pre-programmed. All of the soldering though is still a must lol.

Also... I forgot switches to turn it on and off >.<... It can however be updated should you choose to use a USB power supply, switches to turn it on and off (should be a couple from previous UFO projects)

As I write this, I don't have the tutorial done yet, but I'm working on it and it should be up soon.

The circuit board has holes for 5 sets of wiring, however it is programmed for only the first 4.

The LED lights are a bright green, and there is one thing to note. Generally LED's have a short and long wire to determine the polarity, short being negative long being positive. These LEDs for some reason don't have that. If you look in to the LED head, you should be able to determine which is the negative because it has a large flag like looking end in the LED where the positive is thin. What I suggest is to look, find the negative and then clip the wire a little bit to more easily determine between them when doing the wiring.

There are 2 ways to setup the tractor beam lights, you can either do them "always on" via diagram 2 in the downloaded schematic, or you can set them up so 3 strands will have 8 lights connected, and 1 strand will have 6. The extra 6 on the 3 strands can be used for the tractor beam for them to flash as well.

The circuit board is programmed to do 1 slow rotation and 1 fast rotation and repeat.

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One thing not in the video, I thought I recorded it but must have cut it out accidentally...
For the ground wires, with placing the negative of the LED's to the top of the ring, I took the wire and used the soldering iron to melt through and expose the bare wires instead of cutting a bunch of little pieces, then solders the negatives of the LEDs to it. It made things a lot easier.
For the center, I folded all the negatives down, put a big glob of solder on them, then attached a single wire and brought it out to the outer ring of the grounded LEDs

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