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April 12, 2006

What to do with Blue Balls

at 2:24 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Funny Hacks

Blue Bawls Automatic Light
Ok get your mind out of the gutter. I am talking about the beautiful blue glass bottle that the Bawls soft drink comes in. I tried one the other day and thought the glass bottle could be used for something interesting. At first I was just going to stick an LED into it, but I wanted something a bit more interesting. So I threw together a quick and dirty circuit that uses a photo-cell to turn on a transistor which powers an LED. The parts should cost only 2 or 3 dollars, and are available almost anywhere. (See page 2 for a parts list.)
I am pleased with the final result, a single super bright white LED lights the glass very well and looks better than I thought it would. There is more than enough light to light up a night table or something similar in size. It is currently running from a 9 Volt battery since that was the simplest means I had, however a small plug in transformer would also do the trick.

Video of the Blue Bawls Light in Action

Many people are asking who sings the song… The song is Weekend Full of Weekends and can be found here: Garage Band . Thanks to Andy McCaskey of Slashdot Review for turning me onto the site.

See how to make it on the next page.