🖼️ 💡🎨Baroque picture frame lamp

Combining old and new things is something I really like. I often see things and think: “Woaw, how would that look with LED’s on it?” I also like to be inspired by others and try to rebuild projects they built. That happened to me lately as I saw the frame lamp, Paulus from the Home Assistant team built. The idea was so cool that I wanted to build my own version of this frame lamp, so I started to look for the components I needed for this project.

Frontview of the finished baroque lamp
The finished lamp with rainbow effect

Parts list

For this project we will use the following components:

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Top view off all parts
All components

Start building this thing

Start with centering the Dig Uno case in middle of the backside of the frame and screw it down. The case and the two angles will work as stands for the frame later on. Alternatively you can skip this step if you want to hang the frame.

Top view of the open case screwed on the backside of the frame.
Dig Uno case screwed on the backside of the frame

Next up, solder three cables to the beginning of the led strip. If your strip is brand new you can simply snip off the connector because the wires will be connected directly to the Dig Uno.

Top view of three cables soldered to the beginning of the LED strip
Soldered cables on the LED strip

Cut the strip

In this step, the strip will be cut and lined up with the frame. Check the dimensions of the frame and cut the strip in parts so that it fits on the backside including the corner connectors. This step is just to find the right dimensions for the strip, don’t glue it down yet.

Backside of the frame lined up with the cut LED strip
Aligned strip on the backside of the frame

If the strip has a good length for the frame, connect the strip using the corner connectors. If you’re using IP65 strips like I do, you have to cut off a bit of the silicone coating.

View of the connection with corner connector and LED strip
Strip connected to the corner connector

Testing and hot glue

Before you glue down the strip to the frame, give it a test using a multimeter in continuity test mode. You should test the positive and negative rail to ensure that both have a good connection. Keep in mind that this will not work on the data-rail of the strip. If one of the two rails don’t work, check the connections on the corner connectors.

Image of the continuity test
Testing the connections

Next up, pull off the blue PVC from the double sided tape on LED strip and glue it to the frame. Then heat up you hot glue gun and hot glue the heck of it 😅 ensure that all corner connectors are glued down to the frame so that nothing can fall apart or loose connection.

Top view of corner connector glued to the frame
Corner connector glued down

If you have so much trust into the double sided LED strip tape than I have, you can add some extra hot glue to the strip.

Image of LED strip glued to the frame
Double secured LED strip 😬

Connecting the Dig Uno

In the final section we will connect the Dig Uno to the strip and place it into the case. If you don’t know what a Dig Uno is, no problem! You can find all information about it on the quinled.info website. You can either buy a pre-assembled board with WLED installed or, if you’re a DIY lover like me, you can build the DIY version and get your hands dirty, which is a lot of fun 🤩

So grab the Dig Uno and place it into to case mounted on the frame. Then connect the LED strip to the controller board.

Dig Uno connected to the LED Strip.
Connected LED Strip

Last not least connect the power supply to the Dig Uno as well.

Power connected to the Dig Uno
Connected power supply to the Dig Uno

Build the stand

This step is optional, if you want to hang your frame lamp. But if you want to stand up the frame the angles on corners of the frame will give the whole construction more stability. So take the angles and screw them to the corners of the frame.

Angle screwed on the backside of the frame
Angle stand for the frame

Final test

That it! So turn the frame and power it up to the the awesome result 😎 The frame works best on a white background, cause this will reflect the LED light better than a dark background.

Front view of the finished frame lamp
The final result

Sum up

I really like this project, because its easy to build, requires nearly no soldering and it just looks beautiful. Big thx again to Paulus form Home Assistant for this idea and stunning result. 🤗

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