Week 2

Wooden object frame with a backlight

The Idea

During this week we developed a series of circuits which involved connected LEDs in series and parallel. This week’s project consisted of developing a Wooden Succulent container with a light switch.

The idea for the project came up when i saw a dollar shop walking through Brooklyn. The small picture frame caught my eye. Great, a victim for the greater good.   considered the possibility of creating a switch activated picture frame with some kind of extra dimensionality, as to illuminate an object inside.

Project rough diagram.
Project rough diagram.

The Process

In order to make the device with an independent power supply and to also fit any type of circuit inside of the frame, an expansion would be necessary.

Custom made wooden frame extender.
Custom made wooden frame extender.
Project schematic.
Project schematic.

In order to make the expansion, the dimensions and requirements of the circuit were imperative. I concluded two leds, a 220k resistor, a 9V battery and a switch were required.

 

Two white light LEDs wired together to a 220k resistor.
Two white light LEDs wired together to a 220k resistor.

I decided on making the connections between the leds in series directly to a 220k resistor. So, the positive end of the battery would go to a swtich, which would connect to one side of the resistor. 

The other side of the resistor would connect to LED #1 positive end, and LED #1 negative end would connect to LED #2 positive end, connecting it’s negative leg towards ground.

Interior circuit : Two LEDs, a 220k resistor connected to a 9V Battery.
Interior circuit : Two LEDs, a 220k resistor connected to a 9V Battery.

Finally, I drilled a hole into the backside of the  picture frame, attached the expansion module, and inserted the circuit into the new device. As a detail I inserted a Succulent plant which made it look cool.

The Result

Small picture frame.
Wooden picture frame without intervention.
Finished product: Wooden picture frame with a succulent inside and a light activated by switch.
Intervined wooden picture frame.
Finished product: Wooden picture frame with a succulent inside and a light activated by switch.
Beautiful.

Thanks for reading!