Post 10: Progress on Lil’ Storm Lamp


Here’s an update on the happenings around Lil’ Storm Lamp: 

What I’ve Done: 

Ordered LED lights: I’ve sourced LED lights from Amazon that will interact with sound from the bluetooth speaker to create dynamic lighting effects. 

Ordered a sound controller for LED and sound integration: This component is crucial as it will help synchronize the lighting effects with the ambient sound (thunder and other storm-related sounds), making the lamp responsive to its environment. 

Built the first working iteration: I’ve put together the initial version of the lamp, which is a significant milestone as it allows me to see the concept in action and refine the design. 

Power source considerations: Initially, I found that I needed a power source with an output equivalent to or greater than a 110v wall outlet. For the time being, I’ve used a wall socket and cable to power the vase. 

Ordered a suitable power bank: To make the vase more portable and self-contained, I’ve ordered a power bank that meets the power output requirements. It also allows the LEDs to shine as bright as is needed to effectively convey lightning strikes. 

Tested and verified functionality: I’ve tested the setup with the new power bank and confirmed that it works effectively, which is a great relief. 

Addressing overheating issues: After observing that the interior of the lamp gets hot with all the electronics and lights running, I realized that using an LED strip with fewer lights might help reduce the internal temperature. This is important to prevent damage to the electronics. 

Sensor sensitivity issues: I discovered that the sensor was too sensitive to sounds originating from inside the lamp. Initially, I used an external audio source to test and adjust the sensor’s responsiveness. 

Next Steps: 

Adjust the LED setup: To tackle the overheating, I plan to replace the current LED strip with one that has fewer lights. This should help manage the internal temperature more effectively. 

Sound isolation for the sensor: The sensitivity of the sensor to internal sounds suggests a need for better isolation. I’m considering using sound-deadening materials around the sensor to prevent it from picking up unintended noises, ensuring it only reacts to sound above a certain threshold, as intended. 

This project has been a mix of technical challenges and creative problem-solving. Each step brings me closer to realizing my vision for a vase that not only serves as a beautiful piece of decor but also interacts with its surroundings in a meaningful way. 

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  • Peter Arnold
    May 8, 2024 12:46 pm

    Cool project Kelso! I admire your integration of electronics and physical items. One question I had is are you planning on doing any coding yourself, or is it all taken care of by the lighting system you purchased?

  • Kelso,
    This project seems to really be shaping up and this update post is very well constructed!
    Did you consider including the video later in the post, and using an image as the featured image? The video as the featured image doesn’t quite translate well to the page where we can select posts to click on.


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