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Magic Lamp with wireless charger, Adafruit Trinket & NeoPixels

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Fun, glowy AND wireless! Thanks to Frederick Vandenbosch for sending in this magic lamp project. Check out the full build here.

Concept

The idea for this little project is to have a lamp which can be turned on or off simply by moving it on a desk.

A wireless charging base is built into the desk’s surface, and a circuit with microcontroller and LEDs gets powered wirelessly using the charging coil.

Components & Circuit

The electronic components used in this project are the following:

The Qi Wireless Charger was bought on eBay for a couple of euros. According to the specs, it is capable of outputting 5V/1A, which should be more than sufficient for this simple circuit.

Connecting everything together is simple:

  • the coil’s positive terminal is connected to the Trinket & NeoPixel USB+/PWR pins
  • the coil’s negative terminal is connected to the Trinket & NeoPixel GND pins
  • the Trinket’s #0 pin is connected to the NeoPixel IN pin

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