Published on December 16th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Dioder – from cold to warm white LED light

Materials: Dioder (4 round spots), yellow plastic cover, screwdriver and scissors

My wife an I puzzled over on how to get some light into our winter garden (conservatory).

We didn’t want to ruin our new winter garden by drilling screws into the metal construction. So we searched for an alternative, that is small, easy to attach and casts a nice warm light.

During a shopping trip at IKEA we found the Dioder Spots, but they have a hard and rather cold white light. After some thinking I was sure I can teach them how to shine nice and warm.

Because LEDs don’t get hot, one can unse various technics to change the whitish light. First I thought of some paint I could put on the LED, but then I discovered a yellow plastic cover… bingo!

Here is how to hack the LEDs:

First I dismantled the silver holding from the white lamp by turning the lamp counter-clock-wise.

Next I needed a small screwdriver to open the LED board. Don’t be afraid, the LED board is very sturdy and with a small screwdriver you won’t need much strength to open them.

Thirdly, I used some cardboard to make a model from the inside of the white plastic cover. It was a round piece about 2.6cm in diameter. With that template it was easy to cut the plastic cover into the round inset.

Now I put the inset between the white plastic and the LED board and closed everything… viola!

On the photos, you can see the difference between the original white and the new warm white LED-light.

~ Stephan Messer

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8 Responses to Dioder – from cold to warm white LED light

  1. J P says:

    I bet a “report cover”, which is like a duotang without tabs, is what was meant by “cover”.


  2. Ross Taylor says:

    F-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c ! I was looking for similar projects last week, and now i see this post. I normally use breadboard to do this type of work, with one of these, job will be more easy. I was thinking, and searching others projects to do my own PCB. So, let me try my luck, maybe i can win.
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  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for advice! This will be very handy for me as I am planning of using the lights with the Detolf shelf to display toy figures but want to have custom color lighting on each shelf.

  4. sucktackular says:

    Plants actually typically prefer cool white light for photosynthesis, FYI.

    • Rick Waldron says:

      This link is broken and no amount of search for “yellow plastic cover” yields the results necessary to complete this hack.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What is the yellow plastic cover from?

  6. Anonymous says:

    voila is the word you’re after ;-) a viola is like a large violin

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