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USB CHRISTMAS LIGHT MOD!!



I sampled this mod from here.

Here is his instructions:

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1. Get a USB connector cable (preferably from cablesforless.com so you dont get ripped off http://www.cablesforless.com/index.a...D&ProdID=1146).

2. Get some batterry operated Christmas lights. These can be purchased at Ace Hardware, Walmart or even your local dollar store.
Get the ones that use a 5 volt powersupply. (2 batterry or 3 battery ones work nicely.)

3. Cut the batterry pack off of the Christmas lights.

4. Strip the USB connector cable and the red and black wires inside.

5. Solder the red (+) and black (-) USB wires to the positive and negative wires of the Christmas lights respectively. You may want to verify with a multimeter before you solder to insure you have the correct wires.

7. You now have a really cool set of USB christmas lights! Geektacular!
So I was at Walgreens and saw a battery powered light kit and decided to give it a go.

Here is a hardware list:
Battery power xmas lights: $5.99
Elmers gel instant glue: already had
Some type of USB cable: already had
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total cost for me = ~$6.00

Glue


Christmas Lights


USB cable ( I used some weird USB to network jobby )


Christmas Lights un-boxed


Battery compartment opened


Wires stripped on the USB cable


Testing...........IT WORKS! I trusted the above instructions and used the red as + and the black as -. then I just read the inside of the battery compartment to see -/+ I just looked how the batteries were setup in there.


Testing w/lights off


Closer shot


Closer closer shot


So next I decided to keep the original container but only use a portion of it to make it less bulky. So I cut the front off the top and bottom and cut the back plate off as well.





Here I test fit the pieces together and drilled a hole in one end for the usb cord.





Next was to cut off the white and green wire since they are not needed.


I put some shink tubing over the end of the USB to protect any exposed from cutting the wires above


Now I am starting to strip the wires for connecting


got the wires connected and used the shrink tubing to protect the wires and keep them together ( after twisting them together) since they are such a small guage.


I added a zip tie to the USB cable so if its yanked on it wont rip apart from the light module.


glueing the top on


another shot of the top glued on


And finally glued the back on


And now your all done. Sit back, relax and enjoy your new USB powered Christmas Light Awesomeness!













Happy Holidays!
    
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Awesome!
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well all i can say is tis the season and that mod is jolly good
    
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lol...here is Computer controlled Christmas Lights for the advanced modder!
    
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Goby I'm jealous. This mod kicks muchas (donkey).
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I got the exact same lights last year and found them under my bed today. And I happened to have a usb cable laying around from a broken mouse i took apart. It works! I'll post a pic later. Would have never thought to make it usb powered.

Here are the pics:

Testing


Workstation


Almost done


My first time soldering


Tucked the usb cable into the spring instead of using zipties to hold it from ripping out


All finished in the dark


In the light


Overclocked those lights




Thanks for the idea, it turned out great! Sorry for low quality pics, took em with my phone.
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post #7 of 7
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Sweet!!! Nice Job! Thanks for sharing your pics!

Tis' the season!
    
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