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April 20, 2010

Spinning RGB LED Ball

at 10:17 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Our friend Carl who has been featured here many times in the past for his laser projects has made an improvement to his Spinning LED creation. Have a look at the new Spinning RGB LED Ball.

Unlike it’s predecessor this one has three axes. It was very challenging to build, with a total of 9 slip-contacts, not including the motors. I made it from scrap I had laying around and it took about a week to build. I use standard DC-motors controlled with pulse width modulation, the LEDs are controlled with a modified bike light with adjustable frequency.


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39 Responses to “Spinning RGB LED Ball”

  1. anonymous Says:

    Video not available in germany.

    thank you Youtube…

  2. that7dude Says:

    I dont know about anyone else… but that is freakking amazing

  3. Carl Says:

    @ Anon: I’m very sorry about that, WMG just have to ruin everything.
    But don’t worry, I am in the process of uploading the same video but without the audio.

  4. James Says:

    Evey time I see a project like this it makes me want to try it myself. I have a list several projects long, that I want to try, but haven’t yet got all the parts, or just haven’t had the time to start.
    Also, an excellent video. This makes me want to try and make something similar (but simpler) that reacts to music. Kind of a 3D VU meter.

  5. anonymous Says:

    hidemyass worked with this one πŸ˜‰

  6. treefrogjohnson09 Says:

    One word: WICKED!

    Now someone has to super-size it. I’m thinking a five foot diameter for that LED ring, possibly?

  7. Carl Says:

    Link to the video without audio:

  8. Whatnot Says:

    Nice! I bet it might be even nicer in person too.
    Well worth the effort I’d say πŸ™‚

  9. Muris Says:

    this is crazy cool πŸ™‚

  10. Pete Says:

    Whoa, I have never eaten the acid before but now I may start.

  11. cj Says:

    “I’m ok to go! I’m ok to go! I’m ok to go!”

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  13. Lars Says:

    someone give this guy a good camera (with control able shutter speed), it will make it even more awesome than it already is

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  15. David Says:

    Freaking amazing. I want one!

  16. London Says:

    Was he holding on to the LEDs while they were spinning? That must get pretty hot with them spinning so fast.

  17. Tom-Style Says:


    袅かっこいいー From hackedgadgets via Make……

  18. Spinning LED Ball - machine quotidienne Says:

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  19. mikheil Says:

    love it i do not know which one is better the music or this led project this is extremely coooooooooooool
    but my favorite was at 1:49

  20. Spinning LED Ball | DAILY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE Says:

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  22. muriani Says:

    cj Says:
    β€œI’m ok to go! I’m ok to go! I’m ok to go!”

    LOVE the Contact reference. Good movie, better book.

  23. Alex Says:

    that was and is the sickest soldering job i’ve ever seen!!awesome

  24. ernest Says:

    is there a schematic for this?

  25. jenjen Says:

    you know… i would happily buy one of these for a lot of money…

  26. Frederik Mannaerts Says:


    I would like to make a spinning LED ball as a thesis for next year!
    Can you give me more info on how you should make and things you need to?


  27. Led Fanatic Says:

    Thumb’s up mate !!!!!!!

    I am making one tonight πŸ˜‰

  28. Led Fanatic Says:

    Thumb’s up mate !!!!!!!

    I am making one tonight πŸ˜‰

    Err… where to get the gyroscope from ?????

  29. Aho Says:

    Omg please make a tut 😐
    This is freaking amazing “AAAH must have” πŸ˜›

  30. Brad Says:

    My class is looking to make something similar to this as a project. What did you use to control the LED’s? Arduino? PIC16? How did you make the slip rings? Do you vary the motor speed or is it just on/off? Any info you can provide would be much appreciated. contact me at BradMDickerson@gmail.com


  31. Mats Says:

    Hi there,

    My friend and I would like to make your led ball with two axes. We do this because we are very interessted in how you made this thing.
    Is it Possible for you to send us some build schematics? Or tell us what to do?
    We desperatly need some help!


  32. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Mats,

    You will need to contact Carl for that. You can see his Youtube account linked above.

  33. Frederik Mannaerts Says:


    I am currently busy with making a spinning LED ball. How do you give your engine continuous power when he turned around? Here I am with problems.

    Did you slip rings used? Or how do you do that?

    Please let me know. You can send me an email at frederikmannaerts93@gmail.com

    Thanks !

  34. juclas Says:

    I wonder where is the power of LEDs in this circuit?

  35. Florian Says:


    i would have a wiring diagram. I would like to have an example for my LED Ball. I built a LED Ball too. Thank you for answer in advance.

    My E-Mail is:

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  37. RomanticGirl125 Says:

    Is LEDMorcher is a steal of this or not? They never mentioned forssa there and I find it disgusting, as he clearly did it before them.

  38. pezqi Says:


  39. Gobeyeash[Fin] Says:

    That is just the most mind blowing thing I have ever anyone done by him self! I wish IΒ΄d get to see that in live! Video with better camera would be great too! Structure of metal parts looks nice too!!!

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