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Creative Uses for LED Lights

Updated on February 9, 2017

Play with LEDs

LEDs are energy efficient, long lived lights that can be used for hundred if not thousands of uses. This lens is all about the lighter side of LEDs, building creative projects using these great little lights.

Why My Interest in LEDs

I've been thinking for some time how cool it would be to be able to light my sculptures in creative ways. Because of their longevity and low power usage LEDs (light emitting diodes) seemed like the best bet.

Finally I've gotten some LEDs and I'm in the process of learning a bit more about how to work with them. My experience level in this is basically a couple middle school science projects concerning electricity and setting up a simple circuit. This should be an interesting experience.

My plan is to put LEDs into my Selkie Emerging sculpture to look like water reflecting up onto her body as she rising out of the water.

LED Projects

Obviously I'm not the only one who likes to play with LEDs. There are numerous projects online for using LEDs, here's a small sampling of projects I think are really great.

LED Projects on YouTube

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      Sheryl Westleigh 4 years ago from Maine

      @anonymous: No, but you are welcome to link to it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your article is so good, Can I transfer it?

      www.sjled.eu

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      Sheryl Westleigh 4 years ago from Maine

      @anonymous: I don't know, all my projects have been for indoor use so I've not played with solar stuff. For the color changing here's a store that sells leds that change color http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/component-... if you want them programmable that's well beyond my experience level but Instructables might have some projects along those lines that would give you a starting point.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've looked everywhere! Does anyone know where to buy solar led units (battery/light/casing) for outdoor craft projects. I know I can use stake-lights, but wondering about the compact little units found in many outdoor crafts at stores. Also color changing units. Seeing as how many of these run a few dollars, unit and decoration ... should be possble to buy relatively cheap. Right? Sure has me stumped though. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. (also would like collector and light to point same way - seen these before on bought crafts) Eric

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      manny8858 lm 5 years ago

      You found a great way to use LED lights, and I am glad you did! Great work on this lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i'am very interesting very much this topics,and also led light is bright,it is also used for software company.topic is very much for light,and it is very effectively and dark.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I remember when we only had white leds

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      Esteemmarketing 5 years ago

      Great info thanks

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      Esteemmarketing 5 years ago

      @BuyLEDs: LED are very practical for homes and businesses. With the reduced energy up to 85 % and little to no maintenance for many years they are very practical.

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      PapaKork 5 years ago

      These are cool!

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      ladykida 5 years ago

      excellent lens!

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      BuyLEDs 6 years ago

      LED are not only practical for homes and businesses, but are also great fun and there are loads of people who create things with them.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      There are plenty of things you can do with LEDs like making an art piece. Perhaps an area that lights up as it's touched in relation to the rest of the grid.

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      GadgetKnowHow 6 years ago

      LED are such an innovation. so many uses, so good for the planet. thanks for the lens.!!!

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      eLightSpot LM 6 years ago

      We love it! These are great! So creative of you to think of all of these ideas.

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      totalhealth 6 years ago

      fun projects using LED. there's just so many things you can do with LEDs. nice lens

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      Heatherseesthel 6 years ago

      That video is so much fun! It's good to see that people are beginning to merge their artistic ambitions with green technology. Great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great Lens ! Hydroponics gardening makes use of develop lights to light the plants thoroughly in purchase for photosynthesis to happen and for the plants to expand and thrive. Lights is vital to every single kind of indoor gardening position, for the reason that lacking adequate light, the plants will be stunted and not develop to their full prospective. LED grow lights can be utilized to decent impact in an indoor plant developing circumstance.

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      GabrielaMurphy 6 years ago

      Nice creations . Mind blowing . I like it .

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      Heatherseesthel 6 years ago

      Wow, I never even thought about using LEDs for sculptures. There are so many uses! https://hubpages.com/living/led-lights-the-lightin...

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      squidootime 6 years ago

      Thanks for info - busy with a project now that includes LED's so good timing.

      Cheers

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      Platini0 6 years ago

      I really liked the LED Throwie video. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      need help I am looking for leds that will work on two D batterys

      thanks

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      Nightowl John 6 years ago

      These look like fun LED projects. Squid Angel blessed.

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      maston lm 7 years ago

      nice lens and lamp

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thanks

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      Sheryl Westleigh 8 years ago from Maine

      [in reply to John J. Farias] Search online for "flexible LED tube", there are several places online you can buy them. They come in multiple dimensions, some that I was looking at come equipped with standard electrical plugs. You could wire them onto your sculpture or maybe glue them with something that flexes like silicone, then run a small extension cord is the one on the strip isn't long enough. Hope that helps.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hello,

      I would like to use some different colored LED lights to place behind my metal wall art sculptures. Do the lights come in small round flexible tubes? What are the dimensions and where can I purchase them. Does anyone know how to attach them to the backs of my metal wall sculpture and how do you turn them on?

      Thanks for all your help.

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Great lens. The idea of using LED in art is awesome. Thank-you for the info and tip.

      5 stars*****

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      glowchick 8 years ago

      I love your lens. My company sells LEd products for parties and Flameless LED Candles. I really love these little guys!

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      Hi-TecArt 8 years ago

      I loved this lens. i can relate to your ideas and respect for LEDs. In my company we actually have a product that you can stick in the LEDs on a rubber mat and move them however and wherever you want on the mat. Also LED checkers and chess. 5*****

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      AllNaturalCleaning 8 years ago

      Sheryl, wonderful Lens on LEDs. I think you are on to something with your artistic design and the use of LEDs. They are catching on and they are even safer then CFLs. I am working on a site for LEDs and would love to come back and glean more information from you. Thank you.

      Harry

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      Cyrano Smith 9 years ago

      I am so excited to get started on a couple of the LED projects from this lens. Just love some of the pictures and the diversity of ideas here. Thanks. 5 Stars (or more if I could)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Nice lens. LEDs make great accents.

      5*

      Lizzy

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      DancerLover 9 years ago

      Nice, very interesting subject. 5

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      Hey Naodi, This is a great idea for a lens. I'll look forward to coming back from time to time on this one.