The Sun & Moon Jar night light helps set the mood in any room. Place the jar in your family room, bed room, back yard patio or even take it on your next camping trip. No matter where you place the jar, the warm glow will surely add ambiance to your surroundings.
Today I’m going to explain the steps to make your own Sun & Moon Jar.
- 1x AAA Battery holder (2 AAA Batteries)
- 4x 5mm LED (2 Blue, 1 Yellow, 1 Orange)
- 1x SPDT Switch w/ Center off
- 1x Current limiting 100ohm resistor
The kit to the left shows most of the above components and is $9.99
- Ball Mason Jar (Set of 12 $9.00)
- Frosting Spay Paint ($4.00 a can)
- Goop Glue (Any good glue will do, I just happen to like GOOP) ($9.00 a tube)
Tools You Can Use:
Let’s Get Building!
If you are not familiar with how LED’s work give this post a quick read.
SUN & MOON JAR STEP 1 – Prepare The LED module
I use a small needle nose to make the “L” shape.
Solder them both in place as show in the image.
Trim the excess of the anodes that you just bent and soldered. Also trim a little off the center cathode.
Your LED array should look like this.
This is a bottom view of the completed array.
To recap: All four cathodes (negative) posts are tied together in the center and each anode is tied together with its respective partner (blue with blue and orange with yellow)
SUN & MOON JAR Step 2 – Prepare the Jar:
It may take a couple of coats to make the jar nice and frosty. Just remember to allow some drying time in between coats.
I used a simple cordless drill to make my hole. Be careful, the lids are quite thin and will bend easily.
Remember to let the glue dry!
SUN & MOON JAR Step 3 – Time to Solder
Trim the RED wire from the battery holder and solder to the other end of the resistor.The resistor will limit the current from battery and protect the LED’s from burning out.
Do NOT use excessive heat on the switch. The switch will melt and fail to function properly.
Finally trim the black wire so that it can reach the center post (four cathodes) on the LED array.
Solder it in place as shown.
DONE! – Just add a pair of AAA batteries and test out your work
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