Time lapse light sculptures


[Jared] sent us a feature he posted involving time-lapse photography and an LED. Using a custom built aparatus an LED is moved on two axis’ during a long exposure of around thirty seconds. The frame is wood and PVC with two gearhead motors powered by AA batteries to provide the locomotion. The LED is powered by a 3v button cell and automatically transitions through different colors.


  1. Mike says:

    A similar project was posted on Make with KNEX


  2. Drew G says:

    It’s really not time lapse

  3. MrX says:

    This one is pretty simple but can easily expand into a more powerful hack. He could (for example) create a computer simulator that given the motors speed, create a pre-visualization of what the long exposure image would be.

    @Drew G


  4. Matt says:

    I’d like to see leds on the double square pendulum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXRXWy5KMgs

  5. Johnboy says:

    Not really time-lapse. More long-exposure photography.

  6. sgt. renfrew says:

    The plural of axis is “axes”.

    As a general rule for difficult words, using an apostrophe in a plural is always wrong.

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