Using the LED controller boards that I designed, I am in the process of building different lights for my room. For the moment, I just have two, but I'll be building more in the future. Following is a description of how I converted some lights I bought at the hardware store.
I bought a set of wall sconces from Lowe's with the intention of converting them for my lights. I didn't have much time left in the summer, so I decided to grab some commercial lights and then modify them to fit my controller. They weren't cheap ($40 each), but they had a lot of potential. Essentially, I planned to put 3 LEDs vertically on the light so that I could blend 3 different colors along the glass.
Converting them was really easy. Here's what I did.
The first step was to find a good spot for the board. After removing the original lightbulb assembly, I found that it fit perfectly in the main chassis.
After fitting it, I drilled some holes and tested it out.
Then, I used 16 gauge stranded wire and wired up all of the board outputs to the LEDs so that the wires would wrap around an LED mount I was designing. After soldering all of them up, I installed the board using nylon spacers as standoffs.
I wanted to use 3 LEDs to get as much coverage of the light as possible. Furthermore, I wanted to angle the outer LEDs outward. My dad suggested mounting the LEDs on a piece of formed sheet metal and helped me cut out some patterns and bend them.
Then, I screwed the LEDs onto the bracket and mounted it into the light.
ALL OF THE SOLDERING!!! (this was tricky to do while trying to avoid shorts, which would be rather bad)
Just... so beautiful :)
Derptrix is a high-power LED matrix that I built in the matter of a few hours and hooked up to my controller boards.my blog for more detail on this hilarious project.