How to make a ton of clear LEDs into diffuse LEDs

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Step 1: Make a rock tumbler out of some threaded rods, bearings, a motor, and a spaghetti jar:

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Step 2: Get sand. If you don’t live in a beach/desert, you can probably get some for free from a landscaping supply place. (They charge per ton, so when you ask for a cup, they will think you are a crazy person and just give it to you.)

Step 3: Chuck the LEDs and sand into the thing and run it overnight.

That’s all.

Here’s what not to do:

  • Use an orbital sander to wiggle the jar. It’s super load loud and doesn’t do much.
  • Add water. This just gives you corroded LEDs that arent even diffuse.
  • Run it with so much power that centrifugal force sticks everything to the sides and it vibrates itself off your desk overnight.
  • Run it with so little power that it stalls.
  • Fail to own a variable power supply so that your only choices are 12V and 9V (see above).
  • Make your first shaft coupler out of gaffer tape. I ended up designing and 3D printing a simple shaft coupler.
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3 Replies to “How to make a ton of clear LEDs into diffuse LEDs”

  1. Pingback: Home Made Tumbler Diffuses Clear LED’s | Hackaday

    • Oh yes. The best part is that I started the first run, set up a webcam, then left to proctor an exam (I teach at NCSU and Duke). I put the webcam on the projector at the exam and told students if it caught on fire the exam would be rescheduled.

      Well, instead of catching on fire, it was already dead on screen. Turns out the gaffer tape coupler had come undone almost immediately after I left. Super lame.

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