Tiny Lights For a Tiny House

These great DIY lights are super small and inexpensive to make.  Add a magnet to attach almost anywhere

Reprint from Unplugged Range June 15 2009

Have you ever wanted to have small LEDs? LEDs that you could place all over the place without worrying too much about wires? Look no further, because these little LED clips can be used in this fashion. You can put them anywhere and they don’t have any wires since they are battery-powered. We thought that these lights could lead to a great bunch of home-grown designs for rooms and offices.

That makes these lights pretty cool. Imagine, having a few of these in your pockets when you are out. All you need to power them up is a battery. They are so small that they can fit pretty much anywhere. We like how these lights can be used to create different moods in rooms. Since they are so small and portable, you can just put a bunch around and keep changing the batteries. Using these lights, different motifs can be created easily. We’re thinking that they could be used in playrooms, the kids’ room, offices, living rooms and even bedrooms to create different ambiances. [via Designboom, photos by Sungho Lee]

  1. I'm a big fan of LEDs for the situations where you only need a low level of light but I'm not sure that using lots of little non-rechargeable batteries is a very green idea.

    I have a few of these: http://www.osram.com/osram_com/Consumer/Luminaire…

    which I use late evening (with rechargeable batteries) to give a low light level when I'm preparing to go to sleep. I find them really helpful for that.

    • they aren't rechargeable, but these LED will run about 1000 hours on one of these batteries, so its highly efficient. consider the efficiency of the LED and then the extra chemicals in rechargeable it gets close to equaling out.

      • Are you saying that a single CR2032 battery has a capacity of 20000 mAh (1000 hrs * 20 mA of current drawn by a single LED)? I suppose we don’t need any power banks anymore, then. 😉

  2. There is nothing magical about LEDs, perhaps a article about how to make your own led that utilized a pair of AAs as a power source would be nice.

  3. Rather than using batteries, with just a little more electrical know-how you could run current through a flat wire at the right amperage for the LEDs and clip the lights onto the wire wherever you wanted them. You could power it by any means you like–off a small PV panel and rechargeable battery pack, or even with an ambient light sensor so they only come on when it's dark. Get crazy–put a charger on your bike and make daytime running lamps powered by the breeze as you ride.

  4. Flat wire…. what would that look like? a small strip of plastic with a small strip of copper on both sides? That WOULD make for an interesting project.

  5. I love the idea of using these little LED’s for ambiance, emergencies, hall or bathroom nightlights, etc. I think it’s a cute idea for kids (like 10yo and up) rooms, but if small children are in the house they can pose a serious health risk. Just think about it… Button battery, tiny LED… Maybe a button magnet, too. Entertaining to little eyes, but deadly to little bellies. They can also be harmful to pets!

    Seeing as I have neither kids nor pets… I kinda wanna stock up on these things. LOL

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