May 06, 2014

Build a colourful nightstand lamp with Arduino and IKEA

If there's one retailer of various goods that's great for hacking it's IKEA - and Instructables member dedehai has taken advantage of this by constructing a fun lamp unit that fits neatly inside an IKEA "RIBBA" frame enclosure. Inside is an Arduino-compatible driving six RGB LEDs, which can be used to display all manner of colours at various brightnesses. This could be used as not only a decoration but also the base unit for a notification device, sunrise alarm clock or more. 

And thanks to the frame it's easy to give the lamp a professional appearance. For more information and to make your own, visit the lamp's Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

If you're looking to make your own Arduino and LED-based project, consider our Freetronics RGBLED: full colour module. It includes a bright RGB LED on the top of the board and a WS2801 constant-current, addressable, multi-channel LED driver on the back. This smart module can be daisy-chained, so you can connect a number of these together in a string and drive each of the module colours individually from your microcontroller. For more information and to order, visit the product page.

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