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Remote Controlled Fiber Optic Ceiling Brings the Outdoors In

This DIY build is so ambitious it wasn’t enough just to create a fiber optic starscape, it includes a remote control that cycles through distinct color schemes.

Mauro Alfieri, over at, shares a guide to creating your own customizable starscape. The build is essentially a sheet of wood, drilled to accept the fiber optic strands, which are in turn hooked up to two LED illuminators controlled by an Arduino chip with a radio module attached. The entire thing is controlled by a remote which allows Mauro to cycle through a rainbow of colors and sequences or simply go with traditional white stars.

Hit up the link below for schematics and the Arduino source code.

Remote-Controlled Fiber-Optic Ceiling Light with Arduino [Open Electronics via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/26/11

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