Broken Screen Becomes Polarizing Art Lamp

Got a broken laptop screen sitting around? If you haven’t already pilfered the LEDs and used the polarizing sheets for screen privacy filters, why not turn it into a unique table lamp? See if you can use more parts of the screen than [alexmaree-ross] did.

This is a simple idea with great-looking results, but the process is a bit fiddly. After all the layers are separated and the LEDs extracted, there’s still the matter of figuring out how they’re wired up. [alexmaree] tested them in pairs to see how they’re grouped together and ultimately powered them with a transformer from an old printer. To build the case, [alexmaree] carefully scored and snapped the pieces from the plastic layer and carefully glued pieces of the polarizing layer on top to give it that underwater infinity mirror look. The finishing touch comes from edging the shade with thin metal from the bezel.

The case could be in any shape you want, but we think the prism is quite appropriate considering the polarizing effects. And it looks really cool when you walk around it, which you can do vicariously after the break.

If the screen still works but laptop doesn’t, why not drive it with an FPGA?

7 thoughts on “Broken Screen Becomes Polarizing Art Lamp

  1. beautiful lighting effect. A pity however that the black frame looks “broken-ish”, too. A tiny bit more care with the build would go a long way – because: beautiful lighting effect!

  2. I cool hack I tried was to remove the polarizer from a LCD and cut two pieces from it and stuck them to some glasses. To everyone else the screen just looks white but when you put the glasses on you can see the normal image.

    It fascinates some people.

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