June 12, 2008

If you’re anything like me then all you’ve been thinking about this year is how to make your own LED umbrella. Well, some wonderful sod has come along and provided a step-by-step guide. Seven pages of it. It’s going to take me a long old time.

The list of things you need alone is a bit daunting

  • One umbrella, preferably light colored.
  • 64 SMD (surface mount) LEDs in your color of choice.
  • A spool of thin single strand, lacquered copper wire.
  • 3AA battery holder, preferably compact and arranged in an L shape.
  • Normal plastic coated multi-strand copper wire.
  • One 750 Ohm variable resistor with built-in on/off switch for dimming and turning the umbrella on & off.
  • Needle and thread (of the same color as the umbrella)
  • Solder and Soldering iron/gun
  • Wire cutters, wire strippers, scissors, x-acto knife
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Large board and small nails, to be used for laying out the wires and soldering the SMD LEDs onto the wires.
  • Masking tape and double sided tape/carpet tape
  • Clear epoxy or Glue, super-glue

But look at the results! As one of the comments says

It looks like it belongs in a Beck music video.

I know! I know!



  1. Brilliant – I just fancy walking along with that – but I think it’s beyond my capabilities to engineer. Good luck to anyone who has a go.

  2. I love it! Couldn’t you improvise with a cheap set of battery powered fairy lights like these: http://www.lights4fun.co.uk/outdoor/party-lights/6szz241p.asp and attach to the spokes rather than the fabric?
    I can see these being popular at Glastonbury!!

  3. That umbrella is sexy and so is that guy, though I’d make him change his shirt.

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