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5Volt shares info, schematic and video on this simple yet fun/interesting project -

This is my simple light to sound converter. It simply converts light variations into sound. Listen to remote controls, TVs, burning flames, light bulbs and anything that emits either visible or infrared light.

Get more details on how to build your own from his blog – Light to sound converter

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!



  1. saimhe says:

    A portable version with headphones and detachable lens for a few meters range could be even better. Just imagine walking outside and peeking for any “concealed” amplitude modulation. A certain kind of people should immediately remember those ingenuous spies that were transmitting low-amplitude through an ordinary lightbulb directly visible from state border :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    neat, but definitely been done before…
    from 1996:

  3. Collin Cunningham says:

    @[blank] – thnx for the link.
    Just for the record, many projects we feature here aren’t necessarily new but often they’re “new to you” and that’s always exciting ;)

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