Cheapduino Wearable Nightlight

Cheapduino Wearable Nightlight

Developed by Daniel Flood 2017.


Workshop has been designed for the BrisMakerFest 2017 for delivery as a part of the program., to cover off on out wearables commitment. The unit price is cheap and based on older work and other people basic ideas. It might be easily modified to take other sensors and do other things but for the moment we're keeping it simple.

It was inspired by this project in Make Magazine that did it with a full sized Arduino.

Activity Summary

Participants will assemble and get to know how to code a wearable nightlight comprising of a Cheapduino, Light Dependent Resistor (LDR), LED and some resistors. There's a battery at the moment but once we get a super-capacitor battery in place we will swap it out. Odds are we will use some magnets to get them to pin to people's shirts.


  • 1.5mm Acrylic
  • 3x 220 Ohm Resistors
  • 1x 10K Ohm Resistor
  • 1 x LED (bright white)
  • 1 x CR3024 coin cell battery
  • 1 x CR3024 coing cell battery
  • 1 x Cheapduino
  • Some wires
  • Some solder


  • Soldering Iron
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun


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Step Five: Troubleshooting

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This were you put external links like LED generator


This is where you put files for laser cutting etc..

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