Putting Stars in the Sky

Let's add some lights to the painting! 

First, you'll need to prepare your strand of LEDs.

Use a wire cutter to snip the LED strand from its battery pack. Where we're going, we won't need batteries.

 

Pull the two wires apart, separating about about an inch of length.

 

Use the 0.5mm gauge on your wire stripper to strip off some insulation from the tips of these wires.

 

Pro Tip: gently twist the insulation as you pull it off the wire. This will help keep all the wire strands together.

Screw these wires firmly into the terminal blocks on the CRICKIT. 

Use the 5V and D1 terminal blocks.

Use something pointy to poke small holes through the front of the painting in the center of each star

 

Flip it over and widen the holes from the back. This will create an impression deep enough to push out LEDs into.

 

Now let's add lights! Use tape to hold each LED in place. Gently bend the wire to route each consecutive LED to the next closest hole.

Turn on power to your device, and voila! Behold your starry night.

Troubleshooting

Problem: My LEDs don't light up!

Solution: Swap the position of the wires in their terminal blocks (LEDs are polarized, so they won't work if they're backwards).

This guide was first published on May 18, 2018. It was last updated on May 18, 2018. This page (Putting Stars in the Sky) was last updated on Jul 12, 2019.