We have all seen movies and TV show where someone opens a treasure chest and the treasure inside is so shiny that the container is glowing as soon as it is opened. I thought that this would make a great effect for Christmas presents. So I made a small treasure chest with a built-in light that turns on when it is opened. The lights are activated by a normally open momentary switch. This is the same kind of switch that controls the light in your refrigerator. It turns on a set of battery powered LED lights.

I also show how to add a sound recorder module so that the chests also plays sound effects when it is opened.

See the full build on Make: Projects and Instructables.

See the full series here.

Jason Poel Smith

My name is Jason Poel Smith. I have an undergraduate degree in Engineering that is 50% Mechanical Engineering and 50% Electrical Engineering. I have worked in a variety of industries from hydraulic aerial lifts to aircraft tooling. I currently spend most of my time chasing around my new baby. In my spare time I make the how-to series “DIY Hacks and How Tos.”


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