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Spiderweb Book Light


by urbosssez on October 1, 2008

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Intro: Spiderweb Book Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

step 1: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

step 2: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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Intro: Spiderweb Book Light


the spiderweb book light is a new type of booklight that only centers light on the book and almost nowhere else, it also creates even lighting throughout the whole page

PS: this is my first instructable


umm so yeah im kinda new to this stuff
i don't care if u criticize it and whatnot but please be nice

Image Notes
1. THE MINI
2. THE MINI'S DADDY..... with a new TIME magazine... hurray!

step 1:
Materials:
Blue or white LED's or u can get any color, be creative
Resistors - don't burn the poor LED's
Plexiglass - I love this stuff
Plexiglass cutter - Must need to cut plexiglass well unless your using a saw, that works too
2-6 hours - matters on how nice u want it to look and ur skills
Reflective tape - more than doubles the brightness of the book
Battery Clip
Solder and soldering iron
an old but nice looking folder - not a must need, but it makes it look 10 times nicer
knife
Switch
Someone that will listen to u constantly saying "LOOKY MOMMY! LOOK AT WHAT I MADE! ISN'T AWESOME? HUH MOMMY? IS IT?"
...yes i actually said most of that to my mom
but hey! give me a break I'm still too young to drive and i don't have my own house

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Image Notes
1. LED's
2. Resistors...colorful
3. Plexiglass Barcode
4. Yay! another barcode!
5. And another!
6. pretty class folder, its like black marble colored
7. reflective tape
8. battery clip
9. 9v
10. switch
11. plexiglass cutter you'll probably have to sharp this baby a lot
12. SHARPIE! SNIFF IT
13. don't do it sharpie's aren't for sniffing
14. pretty light bulb reflection :)
15. USB, not needed but they're shiny and make my happy

step 2:
first cut your plexiglass
wear gloves
i got a nasty cut from a shard of plexiglass refusing to break
but the sharper ur blade is and more times u deepen your cut into the plexiglass the less likely it is to cut you

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step 3:
drill holes big enough for LED's to fit in them
for this mini booklight i only used 2 white LED's
but u can use more

Image Notes
1. keeping the cover on it helps prevent scratches

step 4:
cover the sides with reflective tape
PS:
you'll probably have to cut the reflective tape into smaller strips

Image Notes
1. trust me, it makes it way brighter

step 5:
solder your LED's, battery clips, resistors, and switch together

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Image Notes
1. my crappy soldering job but it works!

step 6:
make a sleek cover/handle from the folder and turn it on!
now pat yourself on the back and go show your success to your mommy

Image Notes
1. my camera always makes things darker than they really are :'(
2. you can rave with this hit up your local club and go wild
3. no escaping light!
4. the boogieman hides in the dark and watches you while you sleep

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Comments
16 comments Add Comment

Ipodgeek2009 says: Jan 16, 2010. 5:51 PM REPLY


What measurements did you useon the larger one?

darketopichi says: Oct 29, 2009. 10:22 PM REPLY


u know u could use a dremel to cut the plexiglass it would be a lot easier and time saving..just a thought

beef0cake says: Jul 27, 2009. 9:49 AM REPLY


where did you get the Plexiglass from ' please reply back'

urbosssez says: Sep 17, 2009. 3:09 PM REPLY


Homedepot or lowes in the glass section

oldtypewriter says: Apr 17, 2009. 1:52 PM REPLY


This is a great one! I think I might make some for people in the office. But I have some (silly) questions. How did you get the battery to fit with the folder? And
what kind of folder was it? Thanks bro.

urbosssez says: Sep 17, 2009. 3:09 PM REPLY


um i used folders made of thick cardstock chipboard works well too but u might want to add a coat of paint to make it looks nice

ChrysN says: Sep 15, 2009. 12:23 PM REPLY


I just made one, it works really well, thanks!

blueditty says: Jan 17, 2009. 5:39 PM REPLY


Personality, intelligence and usefulness; and the book light is very cool too!

Phil B says: Oct 2, 2008. 1:10 AM REPLY


This is a clever idea. It seems like a soft protective cover to prevent scratches would be a good idea. I could see carrying something like this in a small
traveling bag or attache' case and then using it as a writing board in airports. What kind of reflective tape did you use and where do you get it?

urbosssez says: Oct 2, 2008. 5:41 PM REPLY


i used the safety reflective tape stuff u can get about 3 ft of it at target for 3 bucks

daytribe says: Oct 2, 2008. 1:29 AM REPLY


I really like this. I am going to have to make one for my son. What size resistors did you use?

urbosssez says: Oct 2, 2008. 5:40 PM REPLY


um i was supposed to use 2 1ohm resistors but i didnt have any
so instead i used 3 100 ohm resistors
here use this site
http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz

SWV1787 says: Oct 2, 2008. 7:45 AM REPLY


nice but I would use AA or AAA so it could be slimmed down even further...

urbosssez says: Oct 2, 2008. 5:39 PM REPLY


yeah but the white leds were 4.5 volts and i didnt feel like going out and getting a 3 AAA battery holder

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sageserver says: Oct 2, 2008. 4:10 PM REPLY
Cool idea, but for more better results put the leds in the sides instead of the top so that the light goes straight to the lighted part and doesnt have to bounce
off the tape.

MrCakes14 says: Oct 1, 2008. 9:51 PM REPLY


So...this really is as simple as side-lighting some plexiglass? :) Epic. Nice Instructable, good pictures (bummer about the dark shots, but the point is well
made), and I like the humor thrown in here and there. I may just have to try this.

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