Luxury Washroom LED Lighting

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Project Idea: Luxury Washroom Lighting
This project was a present to my wife who enjoys lighting throughout the house at night. I knew it had to be easy on the eyes and that it couldn't interfere with any functions such as, using the lavatory and regular washroom cleaning.

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I came up with 2 LEDs and ended up going with 3 LEDs under the seat, and these things are super tiny. They are held by some tape (I know, super space age), but if I need to make any changes, and did, it could be done easily and without any long term damage to the seat. I would like to make one by using a router to create some embedded lights in the seat and then cover it with epoxy. The simpler method was the correct way this time I think, until I get a seat to build it.

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I have worked with PIR (proximity sensor) before in a number of projects and it's as simple of infrared sensor as they come. It picks up motion within a 60 degree(ish) field of view. The 3 LEDs are controlled through a 2N3904 NPN Transistor and set to a timer of 90 seconds.

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The lavatory lights where just not enough to light up the shower area so I made a wall piece. I used the 406 because it is the area code for the state, and the state of Montana shape for obvious reasons. I was able to get more detailed with a Dremel, and was very happy with the results. I had not tried to use a Dremel for more than cutting and some basic stuff, and this project called for a lot more. I ended up burning through my XPR (R.I.P. little buddy, it was a beast) when I was cutting 1/2" pine. I used the table saw to half some 1/2" and got a nice thin sheets of 1/4" I was able to breeze through using the new Dremel 3000. I cut out the 4,0,6 and shape of Montana out of 1/4" pine (just buying them from Home Depot store next time).

1/2" Pine aka Dremel Killer
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1/4" Pine aka Butter Wood
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I used tiny SS blue LEDs to backlight the 4,0, and 6, the same kind I used for the toilet seat. Regular T1 style LEDs for the white state back light. I didn't want to over power the eyes and worked great with the small testing I did.

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I was thinking of powering everything with the one Prop that is on the floor but opted to use a PropStickUSB because I wanted each piece to be able to be used or controlled separately if someone wanted to build each, with the placement of the PIR for the wall unit.


Floor Brains
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Wall Brains
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I found a DIY stain for the 4,0, and 6 that I thought would pop on the sapphire state; I don't think I nailed it like the video but still got some of that aging look. I ended up using the rust the steel wool and vinegar created to make the back piece pop with some cool red/brown.

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How to Oxidize (Age) New Wood & Get A Vintage Look
 
Overall Difficulty 3/5
The difficulty of this project is 3 of 5; any mistakes are met with a long process to replace that part. The coding took a couple days with some simple testing, but there were nothing complex. The soldering was not easy for anything that had to do with LEDs and the PropStickUSB board was getting close (haha).

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Summery
All and all, this was a really fun project. It worked out great and everyone in the house and visitors have enjoyed seeing it. If you want to build one and have any questions, feel free to reach out and I'll give you any tips.

Initial Demo Video without the wall unit
Wall Unit Upgrade Demo

Tool Note: The Dremel 3000 series (with extended plan, just in case) was a great purchase, it works perfectly with all my XPR attachments.
Joshua Donelson

Comments

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  • Nice project, Glad to see someone using Montana in a project. I'm in Montana, maybe we can start a local/state hobby electronics meetup one or more times during the summer. PM me sometime if interested, I don't login too often but will send you my email which I see daily.
    Jorge P.
  • Heater.Heater. Posts: 20,075
    edited December 2017 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Am I to understand from the picture that you have LEDs in your toilet bowl ? !

    That might be shocking. If you see what I mean.
  • Heater. wrote: »
    Am I to understand from the picture that you have LEDs in your toilet bowl ? !

    That might be shocking. If you see what I mean.

    I get what you mean and no, the LEDs are not inside but attached to the underside of the seat with some space age sophistication, or tape. :) haha I want to get another seat and route a trough and put the LEDs down, then cover with a clear opoxy, but that is the final final version; as like any project, it always grows.

    Here is a close up.
    Bathroom%20Light%20Installed%20(5).JPG


    I have a couple more pictures and details on my project blog if you want to check it, I didn't want load up the forum with pictures. On my blog there is a slider at top, so you can see more of the process up close.
    Joshua Donelson
  • Jorge P wrote: »
    Nice project, Glad to see someone using Montana in a project. I'm in Montana, maybe we can start a local/state hobby electronics meetup one or more times during the summer. PM me sometime if interested, I don't login too often but will send you my email which I see daily.

    Thats excellent, I knew there had to be more builders in MT than just me. :cool: :nerd:
    Joshua Donelson
  • JD wrote: »
    Heater. wrote: »
    Am I to understand from the picture that you have LEDs in your toilet bowl ? !

    That might be shocking. If you see what I mean.

    I get what you mean and no, the LEDs are not inside but attached to the underside of the seat with some space age sophistication, or tape. :) haha I want to get another seat and route a trough and put the LEDs down, then cover with a clear opoxy, but that is the final final version; as like any project, it always grows.

    Here is a close up.
    Bathroom%20Light%20Installed%20(5).JPG


    I have a couple more pictures and details on my project blog if you want to check it, I didn't want load up the forum with pictures. On my blog there is a slider at top, so you can see more of the process up close.

    If I could make a suggestion
    Any com port in a storm.
    Floating point numbers will be our downfall; count on it.
    Imagine a world without hypothetical situations.

  • If I could make a suggestion

    Pretty sweet, but I was looking for the seat to appear, factory edition.

    I do not want the light to go up through the seat, only point down to create a glow effect. As-is, with the lights off, it's surprisingly bright, so I wouldn't want to add any more.
    Joshua Donelson
  • JD wrote: »

    If I could make a suggestion

    Pretty sweet, but I was looking for the seat to appear, factory edition.

    I do not want the light to go up through the seat, only point down to create a glow effect. As-is, with the lights off, it's surprisingly bright, so I wouldn't want to add any more.

    That's easy enough, pour white slowly to fill the mold halfway and let it cure, then set the lights and fill the remaining portion of the mold with clear.
    It will glow in every direction but up or up butts depending on how you look at it :smile:

    Any com port in a storm.
    Floating point numbers will be our downfall; count on it.
    Imagine a world without hypothetical situations.
  • JD wrote: »

    If I could make a suggestion

    Pretty sweet, but I was looking for the seat to appear, factory edition.

    I do not want the light to go up through the seat, only point down to create a glow effect. As-is, with the lights off, it's surprisingly bright, so I wouldn't want to add any more.

    That's easy enough, pour white slowly to fill the mold halfway and let it cure, then set the lights and fill the remaining portion of the mold with clear.
    It will glow in every direction but up or up butts depending on how you look at it :smile:

    Good point, I could just do layers. I have not used epoxy or molds before other than simple stuff. I'll keep it on my ebay list in case I need it.

    Joshua Donelson
  • JD wrote: »
    JD wrote: »

    If I could make a suggestion

    Pretty sweet, but I was looking for the seat to appear, factory edition.

    I do not want the light to go up through the seat, only point down to create a glow effect. As-is, with the lights off, it's surprisingly bright, so I wouldn't want to add any more.

    That's easy enough, pour white slowly to fill the mold halfway and let it cure, then set the lights and fill the remaining portion of the mold with clear.
    It will glow in every direction but up or up butts depending on how you look at it :smile:

    Good point, I could just do layers. I have not used epoxy or molds before other than simple stuff. I'll keep it on my ebay list in case I need it.

    The first thing that comes to mind with lighting a toilet is keeping things sanitary. Many epoxies will give you a nice bleachable surface.
    We made epoxy paperweights with 4 layers with 3 graphics in 2D design class about a million years ago. It made a neat parallax effect with an object, foreground, and background. It was just mix and pour. We did 3 clear layers and a black rear layer.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with :smile:
    Any com port in a storm.
    Floating point numbers will be our downfall; count on it.
    Imagine a world without hypothetical situations.

  • The first thing that comes to mind with lighting a toilet is keeping things sanitary. Many epoxies will give you a nice bleachable surface.
    We made epoxy paperweights with 4 layers with 3 graphics in 2D design class about a million years ago. It made a neat parallax effect with an object, foreground, and background. It was just mix and pour. We did 3 clear layers and a black rear layer.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with :smile:

    Thanks again for the suggestions; I will be adding RGB LEDs on the final project as well, might as well get color changing going on while im at it. :)
    Joshua Donelson
  • Heater.Heater. Posts: 20,075
    edited December 2017 Vote Up0Vote Down
    The first thing that comes to mind with RGB LED lighting in a toilet bowl is: Weird.

    I have had passion for LEDs since I my friend showed me a 3mm red LED in play the ground in about 1970.

    But, call me old fashioned, RGB lighting of poops in a bowl starts to sound freaky and perverse.

    :)

  • Heater. wrote: »
    The first thing that comes to mind with RGB LED lighting in a toilet bowl is: Weird.

    I have had passion for LEDs since I my friend showed me a 3mm red LED in play the ground in about 1970.

    But, call me of fashioned, RGB lighting of poops in a bowl starts to sound freaky and perverse.

    :)

    There is no denying that I am an odd duck :lol:

    The RGB is just being able to play with different colors and see which is best, although I suspect blue is going to be the best, or combo with the back piece and do holiday themed colors, can't ever down play the home décor idea. In some houses that is big and could offer a unique experience for guests, or get really maniacal and use RED as a prank. See, plenty of reasons this project could be used, or maybe it's just this quack. haha :coffee:

    Joshua Donelson
  • Wuerfel_21 wrote: »

    right, im just a law abiding citizen over here following the RGB Ordinance 0.2.255 of the Builders Code haha :D
    Joshua Donelson
  • Any com port in a storm.
    Floating point numbers will be our downfall; count on it.
    Imagine a world without hypothetical situations.
  • JD:

    I just love this project. It has inspired me to do a similar project just as soon as I finish my current project. Thanks for the inspiration.
  • ASKME wrote: »
    JD:

    I just love this project. It has inspired me to do a similar project just as soon as I finish my current project. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Thank you, im glad this project inspired you; it has become one of the most used projects I've created. There is still one more version to be completed, which is full custom seat with RGB embedded and epoxy covered, custom pcb instead of the wire mess, you know, super official style :) haha

    Here is the project blog for that project, it has more pictures.

    I look foward to seeing your creation on here
    Joshua Donelson
  • JD,
    There is still one more version to be completed, which is full custom seat with RGB embedded ...I I look forward to seeing your creation on here.
    Trust me. You really don't want to see what I create in the toilet. :)


  • Heater. wrote: »
    Trust me. You really don't want to see what I create in the toilet. :)

    I have no doubt you are telling the truth, and I assure you I am not asking. lol
    Joshua Donelson
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