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Colour Changing USB Lamp Kit

2.5
Easy Build
Exclusive to Kitronik
Teaching Notes
Key Stage 3
Build a computer desk ornament using this simple USB powered board. The Colour Changing LED slowly cycles through a range of colours.

Availability: In Stock.

Code1+ 5+ 50+
2131£2.50
(£3.00 incl VAT)
£1.85
(£2.22 incl VAT)
£1.55
(£1.86 incl VAT)
OR

Build a computer desk lamp or ornament using this simple board. This kit is the colour changing version, it is also available in a white version. The board takes power from a USB port and the light can be turned on / off with the on board switch.

Features:

  • Colour Changing USB Lamp Kit.
  • The Colour Changing LED slowly cycles through a range of colours.
  • The board takes power from a USB port and the light can be turned on / off with the on board switch.
  • This kit is also available in a white version.

Contents:

Dimensions:

  • PCB Length: 44mm.
  • PCB Width: 16.5mm.

Requires:

Resources:

Note:

  • This kit requires soldering.

Free samples:

Teachers can order a sample of this kit (one per school) here. You will need to select the kit from a list of all the sample kits; the stock code for this kit is 2131.
Note: this service is only offered to schools for evaluation purposes only.

Buy British:

 This kit is designed and manufactured in the UK by Kitronik.

Physical characteristics:

  • PCB Length: 44mm.
  • PCB Width: 16mm.
  • PCB Component Count: 4.

Electrical characteristics:

  • Voltage Nominal: 5V.
  • Voltage Range: 4V - 5.5V.
  • Current Max at Nominal Voltage: 67mA.
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Questions:

Posted by luke, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 on product Colour Changing USB Lamp Kit

Question:

What colours does the LED go through

Answers:

  • Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 31 January 2017

    Hi Luke, The sequence for the LED used in this kit is as followed: Red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta then back to the beginning of the cycle. As the change is a gentle fade you do get colours between these in the cycle, such as the fade between red and green will produce an orange/yellow glow for a short period before fully changing to green.

Posted by Richard, Friday, 9 December 2016 on product Colour Changing USB Lamp Kit

Question:

would this be OK powered from a 2235 battery pack?

Answers:

  • Posted by Michael Lockhart on Friday, 9 December 2016

    Hi Richard, This would provide 6V’s to the kit, the LED on the kit is only rated to 5V’s. As such you would need to use a 3X AA battery cage, this would then provide you with 4.5V’s and this would be fine. An example of the battery cages we do can be viewed here, https://www.kitronik.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?cat=0&q=3X+AA

Posted by Wendy H Hayes, Monday, 9 November 2015 on product Colour Changing USB Lamp Kit

Question:

Could you tell me which specific colour changing LED is used and which resistors (part numbers if possible) so I can order a number of spares for use by those who manage to break/blow the one's in the kit, rather than taking parts out of other kits. Many thanks.

Answers:

Posted by Kate, Monday, 2 November 2015 on product Colour Changing USB Lamp Kit

Question:

Can you tell me what colours the LED changes through please?

Answers:

  • Posted by Michael Lockhart on Monday, 2 November 2015

    The sequence for the colour changing LED used in the kit is as followed: Red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta then back to the beginning of the cycle. As the change is a gentle fade you do get colours between these in the cycle, such as the fade between red and green will produce an orange/yellow glow for a short period before fully changing to green. The time between each change varies depending on what the next colour in the sequence is, so the amount of time the colour stays on for does vary slightly although there isn’t a large difference in time variations.

Posted by Mike Penn, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 on product Colour Changing USB Lamp Kit

Question:

The dimensions stated on the technical drawing of the PCB suggest that the LED is obstructing the 3.3mm mounting hole closest to it? Can you please confirm the correct dimensions of the PCB stating accurately the mounting hole positions and position of the LED. e.g. Your drawing states a 3.3mm mounting hole 4mm from the PCB edge with a 5mm diameter LED 4.5mm from the opposing PCB edge. Therefore 4+1.65+4.5+2.5=12.65mm. The PCB is 11.5mm wide. I realise there is 0.5mm offset in the adjacent direction but this doesn't give any room for the head of a fixing in the mounting hole?

Answers:

  • Posted by Michael Lockhart on Wednesday, 11 March 2015

    The actual width of the PCB is about 16.5mm, as stated on the product page. However there appears to have been a mistake made when the technical diagram were created for the teaching notes. Thank you for pointing this mistake out to us.

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