Maker’s Notebook light mod

(cross-posted from Make: blog)


During filming of the latest set of episodes, I gave Maker’s Notebooks to some of the wonderful crew members on the set of the Make: television show. We got to talking about modding them, and someone said, “I wish the thing had a reading light”. My idea is to use the embedded bookmark ribbon as a reading light platform. I’ve never worked with conductive thread or surface mount LEDs before, so any tips/warnings before I go down that road would be welcome!


This is an LED, battery, and thread from the new Lilypad e-sewing kit I just got. That thing puts out a pretty bright light!