Thomas Edison did NOT invent the light bulb.
Back in 1909, when Edison was a big hot shot making the light bulbs and stuff, there were already light bulbs out there. There were tons and tons of manufacturers making lamps, fixtures, bulbs, and everything in between.Yes. No joke. What made Edison was actually his ability to commercialize the first modern light bulb.
To do this he invented something called the Edison screw which are the metal bases you see in bulbs today. This standardized the light bulb and allowed it to be sold to everyone. This made Edison the “father of the light bulb.” – also the same reason why we falsely credit him today as the “inventor” of the light bulb.
Fast forward 100 years later, we are at the top of light technology. We will bring you through the journey of making your very own light bulb without having a super duper expensive laboratory.
Cue… the LED light bulb.
The light bulb you’ll be making has 38 small LEDs that you hook all up to make your very own bulb.
Is it as bright as the commercial ones they sell at Target? YES.
Does it save as much energy as the ones they sell at Target? YES.
Is it more fun because you get to build it yourself? OF COURSE!
And don’t worry. This is one of the most simplest kits we’ve made. It requires you know NOTHING about electronics. Heck, even my 8 year old nephew put this together in less than an hour!
So what’s included?
The Beginner kit is a standard LED bulb you can put together.
The Hobbyist kit comes with a fancy DIY lamp shade that you can put together into just about any shape imaginable!
And the Guru kit comes with 2 LED bulbs, 2 lamp shades, and 2 cables that plug into the wall.
And don’t worry if you feel the need to make more light bulbs. We have a handful of them in stock so you can buy them individually to make them for yourself, friends, or family.
So there you have it. We have created one of the most useful kits ever. It would be silly to let them sit here in our warehouse. These little guys are waiting for you to assemble them, and later put power through them so they can shine for you and light up your day! So what are you waiting for?
Tools you will need
- Soldering Iron with Solder
- Light Bulb Cord
- Hot Glue
Tools that will help
- Helping Hands
Light Bulb Material List
- 38 x White LED
- 1 x Edison Socket
- 1 x Bulb Cover
- 1 x LED PCB
- 1 x Full Wave Rectifier PCB
- 1 x 185J Polyester Capacitor
- 1 x 4.7uF Electrolytic Capacitor
- 4 x 1N4007 Diode
- 1 x 20 Ohm Resistor
- 2 x 1M Ohm Resistor
- 2 x 2″ Red Wire
- 30 x Puzzle Lamp Pieces
2) Circuit: 20 Ohm Resistor
Solder the 20 Ohm resistor (the biggest resistor) on the PCB where the label “R3” is located.
3) Circuit: Diodes
Solder the diodes onto the PCB. Make sure the diodes are oriented properly and that they match the drawing on the PCB.
4) Circuit: 1M Ohm Resistor
Solder the two 1M Ohm resistors onto the PCB where ‘R1’ and ‘R2’ are labeled.
5) Circuit: 4.7uF Capacitor
Solder the 4.7uF electrolytic capacitor in place making sure the shorter lead is inserted in the hole labeled ‘-‘.
6) Circuit: 1.8uF Capacitor
Solder the 185J capacitor onto the PCB where the drawing of a capacitor symbol is located.
7) Circuit: Wiring Output
Solder the two red wires provided for you to the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ holes on the PCB.
8) Circuit: Wiring Input
Solder the wires coming out of the light bulb onto the holes labeled ‘AC’. It does not matter which wire go to which hole.
Solder all 38 LEDs onto the LED PCB. Make sure the longer leads of the LEDs go into the ‘white side’ of the two holes.
10) LED PCB to Circuit
Solder the ‘-‘ wire to the center soldering pad labeled ‘-‘ of the LED PCB and the ‘+’ wire to the outer soldering pad labeled ‘+’.
Place the PCB inside the socket. Apply a bit of hot glue to keep the circuit in place and to prevent it from shorting with the LED PCB.
This set of instructions uses all 30-pieces to form a sphere. Be creative and find your own patterns or refer to the resource page for a few arrangements!
When assembling, keep in mind that all pieces will be inserted from the ‘front’ side (shown below) unless specified in the instructions.
1)Layer 1- First 2 pieces
We will first create the first layer or base to work with. Start with 2 pieces and connect them as shown.
3) Layer 1 – 3rd, 4th, and 5th Piece
Connect the third piece then follow the same pattern and add the 4th and 5th piece.
4) Layer 2 – Bowl Shape
Add the second layer of pieces around the edges of Layer 1. The pieces will start to curve and form a bowl-like shape.
5) Layer 3 – Middle Section
The pieces in layer 3 alternates between horizontal and vertical positions as shown. At this point the pieces may seem obvious as to where they go and how they connect.
6) Layer 4 – Other Half
Layer 4 is the same as layer 2 but upside-down. Connect pieces 21-25 as shown.
7) Layer 5 – Top Layer
Add the final layer and insert the light bulb cord with the LED light bulb.