sackyhack
2014-08-23T16:38:18Z

Hello all! Wasn't sure where else to ask this, so I'm hoping some of the techies here can help.

I have a paper lantern that I'm trying to light up.  I want it to be a permanent fixture, so no battery operated lights.  I slapped together a rough solution.  Had to be cold light, cuz paper, and wanted it to look candle-like.

Solution: usb LED reading light, ripped apart the casing, covered with

paper that I scribbled on with yellow and orange marker and plugged into

iPhone charger. Surprisingly effective, all for $7. I was really

close to ripping apart a $30 desk lamp for it. I think I should find

thinner/wax paper to let more light through.

Anyway, my question is this.  What's the best way to make this switch operated and keep the minimalist approach?  I don't have any outlets connected to light switches in my apartment, and being a rental I can't do any rewiring in it.  Is there such a thing as a small USB plug like the iphone charger with an on/off switch??  Any help is appreciated.  Here are some images of what it looks like so far.

 

http://i.imgur.com/V1u3m9h.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/VFZCczw.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/P5g3JQn.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/PBNpfZa.jpg

realneil
2014-08-23T17:58:19Z

I would use a USB LED reading light for it. Many have batteries that recharge off of the wall.

sackyhack
2014-08-23T18:13:00Z

That's actually exactly what I'm using haha.  My problem is that it doesn't have an on/off switch.

realneil
2014-08-23T21:29:11Z

This is the one that I have.

My wife bought it at a bookstore for $5.00 last weekend. It has a battery in the base and the base connects to a USB port or charger. It's very bright.

altshep123
2014-08-23T22:47:51Z

Would a simple wall outlet timer or a switch between the charger and the wall suffice? Something like this instructable?

sackyhack
2014-08-23T23:12:03Z

Ben, that wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but it taught me the term "inline switch".  That sent me down a rabbit hole where I found a usb cord with a switch on it for $5 on amazon.  Exactly what I needed.  Thanks!

altshep123
2014-08-24T09:23:43Z