DIY Light Wand

I wanted to try and make a ‘light saber like’ wand to do some light painting. Got everything from Menards and went to work! Really easy to put together and I will have fun trying it in different settings. This video shows how it was built and a few examples.

This entry was posted in Creative/Artistic, Educational, Just for fun.


  1. David Farr August 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    What a great idea. Love the photos created with the wand.

    I see that the bottom part of the wand is brighter than the top (and rightly so, it’s closer to the light source). Wondering if the addition of a small reflector inside the black cover at the top would be enough to brighten the upper part of the wand by reflecting light back down into it from the top. Maybe a small “compact” mirror? Or perhaps a piece of crumpled aluminum foil for a bit of diffusion? Just thinking out loud here…

    — David

    • Michael Huber August 15, 2015 at 10:38 am #

      Not a bad idea. I thought of putting a second flashlight at the other end but it would be hard to turn them on and off at the same time. Foil might be worth a try!

  2. Bryan Leonard August 15, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

    The force is strong with this one.

    • Michael Huber August 18, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

      Bryan – it was all I could do to NOT add sound effects to the video!

    • Lola May 24, 2016 at 10:48 pm #

      It’s great to find soneome so on the ball

  3. Gerald Bonsack February 10, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    Sand or roughen the inner tube, for more of a diffused light pattern. Since you are using an outer tube too, add colored cellophane, along the length, otherwise add tri-colored LED’s, with double pole – double throw switches to change colors (example: switch 1 left, red, switch 1 right it feeds power to switch 2 => switch 2 now controls colors green and blue). Diffuse light with white foam.

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