LED dog collar with keyboard keys
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With the days getting darker earlier, I’ve been on the search for collar visibility options for my canine companion. Instructables user sheepishlion posted a clever DIY for making an LED dog collar with the extra bling of old keyboard keys. They used the keys to spell out the dog’s name, along with the “return” and “help” keys, and they also suggest using your phone number as an alternate safety feature. An Altoids tin and 9V battery were used for the power supply, which could be a bit big for a little dog, though my 65-pound Samoyed mix should be fine with it (and I’m certain she’ll appreciate the geek cred as much as I do).

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  1. This is a great design. I dabbled in LED lit collars for my dogs a while back. My wife and I would take our dogs to beach at night and they were pretty hard to see. I used an old collar and attached 2 stalks to the “top” of the collar – one red LED and one green LED (port and starboard). I zip tied a 1″ pvc tube to the bottom as a water proof battery holder and ballast to keep the LED lights pointed up. The stalks were about 4″ tall, and made the LEDs super visible. Also, since the LEDs were different colors I could tell if the dogs were running toward or away from me. It was pretty hilarious watching two sets of red/green lights bob around the beach at night.

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