So I bought this fountain from Chinatown the other day. You’ve probably seem the style before. It’s a big fat buddha sitting down. There’s a spinning ball on his lap (being spun/propelled by the water coming up through the pump). One of the really cool things about this fountain was that the spinning ball (being crystal/glass) is lit up from underneath and actually changes colors.
Well approximately 15 seconds after taking it out of the box and turning it on, the lighting thing stops working. Let’s just say I was less than suprised. Anyway, upon dismantling it, I found that it is basically 3 different colored LEDs, attached to a wire running into the black box (power transformer thingy or whatever). The other end of the black box is the 2 pronged wall plug.
After all that, here’s the question:
How difficult would it be to build such a thing? I’m not totally clueless, but I don’t really know all that much about wiring electronics. But I think the basic RadShack parts I’d need are:
- A power cord that goes into the wall
- Some kind of transformer (is that the right word?) changing the 120V from the wall to something more appropriate.
- Some kind of circuitboard, logic dealy, etc. to control the cycling of lights (colors)
- 3 or 4 different color LEDs
(possivly 1 & 2 might be the same part)
Sound too difficult? Out of my league? Of course I’d be willing to buy something like this pre-made if available. Anyone know where to get one?
Lets say I just wanted only a single LED ( 1 color). How much easier would that be to put together?
I just want to light up my Buddha’s ball!