Turning Smashed TVs into Realistic Artificial Daylight

2019/08/ 9
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In this video I'll be showing you how to take old/smashed TVs and computer monitors and turn them into realistic artificial window lights, so that you can have accurate daylight illumination at any time of day. This is all possible because of the technology used inside the backlight mechanism, as I explain in the video. Enjoy!

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Here are the LED strips I recommend: amzn.to/2YsXGsm
You can also buy them on eBay: rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575347517&toolid=10001&campid=5338215129&customid=&icep_item=183773675897&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg
And here's how to make them with laptop screens: arworlds.info/video/u2WEgmSLm4N_aaI/fydyw

  • Dude your videos are amazing the production quality and the content is so engaging I can't stop watching 😅 you've inspired me to get off my butt and start doing something similar. Looking forward to more videos from you! I know your videos take a LOT of time and preparation but that is what makes them so engaging! I would also love your advise on how you make your videos so engaging. I tried to make something of a teardown type video last night but it hasn't turned out quite as good as yours but I am camera shy and i would love it if you could have a look and give any advise on things I'm going wrong. Take care man keep trucking on. So glad you're making content again. Ed

    Eddie Breaks ThingsEddie Breaks Thingsسنوات قبل
    • @DIY Perks this would be so cool to do with LED lights that can change color! can you make one with RBG LED strips

      ----2 أشهر قبل
    • Villain? Never! Dr. Who? Most definitely!

      Jane SmithJane Smith3 أشهر قبل
    • I know everyone has their own advice on what makes a good DIY video, but I think if you're camera shy, there's nothing wrong with a video or a series of videos were the sole focus is on the thing you're building or crafting. There's an assortment of no dialogue DIY/craft videos that explain things in text at the bottom of the screen or in the description so people can follow along or even not at all. Those videos have a great almost relaxing quality for anyone watching too, because some people aren't into ARworldsrs with high energy or they feel like actors, they just want to see an interesting build project.

      Rawk HazeRawk Haze8 أشهر قبل
    • @Tokologo Mosime Black Light, RGB, White....alternate the strips and use an arduino to control, I would guess. I have RGBW floodlights that I control with a remote, but they are 120VAC, not this sweet 12vdc energy saver.

      Lemuel KingLemuel King9 أشهر قبل
    • Eddie Breaks Things go!

      BrazzudsoBrazzudso10 أشهر قبل
  • this could be a great idea for house plants light during winter

    ploneplone11 ساعات قبل
  • Has anyone tried to do this with a samsung tv? Mine looks to have a different setup with the panels. There are no little dots on the acrylic but instead there is another layer that is yellowish that was underneath the acrylic. I've tried with and without it and I am not getting the same results. The light is clearly brighter at the edge. I also tried with putting the LEDs around the entire panel, not just on one side. Thanks~

    Matthew KernerMatthew Kernerأيام قبل
    • Ok so now I got a Visio and the “acrylic” layer is actually cheap coated plastic that doesn’t have any of the little dots. Is there a specific brand I should look fir because “most” isn’t working for me. :-(

      Matthew KernerMatthew Kernerأيام قبل
  • Our TV just broke and our living room's really dark... I might try this

    Phillipa KemiPhillipa Kemiأيام قبل
  • I'm gonna break my new tv to try this 😂

  • I have a little question... which would potentially be brighter - a computer screen or TV?

  • Is this like what is used to view x-rays in medical offices?

    Angir GieAngir Gie4 أيام قبل
  • why so many dislikes?

    Flying KarapetFlying Karapet4 أيام قبل
    • @Tom X still too high.

      Flying KarapetFlying Karapet4 أيام قبل
    • Approximately 1.000 dislikes vs 100.000 likes. I guess one person in hundred tries it at home and is disappointed with the results. I'm one of them :)

      Tom XTom X4 أيام قبل
  • Is this light any harmful? I see the world esp movements slightly different with it why

    The5GIO5The5GIO55 أيام قبل
  • Coooooool! I thought about that idea before, but quickly rejected it as an idealistic dream, as I thought, it would be way too clumsy to get the parts separated (those comsumer electronics are nowadays rarely produced to be repairable, but rather quick and cheap), BUT THANKS TO MATT DREAMS BECOME REALITY - THANKS!

    Dominic KyritsisDominic Kyritsis6 أيام قبل
  • Great video about recycling an old broken TV :) You might also be able to salvage other electronic components for other uses, for example most modern TVs tend to have relatively good speakers (10W is quite common), so these speakers can be hooked up to a suitable audio amplifier. Older TVs (with larger enclosures) also have good sounding speakers.

    spotify95spotify956 أيام قبل
  • It simply doesn't work ! I DID IT in various configurations. The results are nowhere near to what is being claimed in this very persuasive video. DIY Perks made a great attempt to create "Realistic Artificial Daylight". I praise him for this. The theory behind his idea is also (IMO) quite valid. Nevertheless, I think that the attempt was not successful despite what is being said in the video. I really believed that this BEF layer (erroneously called fresnel layer) will do miracles to the light. It simply doesn't. If you don't believe me, please watch closely the experiment he shows with inverse square law at around 2:30. Light drop off is still there! Even on such a small distance. And the rooms are usually larger than the plank with 4 cups. So your brain will not be fooled, because the light drop off will be there and it will be quite noticeable. (I replicated this experiment and I have to admit that I didn't notice such a clear effect as shown in the video). If you create a monitor-lamp, as DIY Perks did, and compare it to a regular ceiling lamp from a store - there will not be much of a difference. I sincerely wish otherwise. I hope other people will share the results they obtained instead of just saying how great it was to watch this video. Because we already know that this video is a pleasure to watch :)

    Tom XTom X7 أيام قبل
    • I agree. I tried with two separate TV, one Samsung and one Visio and neither gave a realistic daylight. Two feet back and the light falls off dramatically. I used the exact LEDs he suggests and the color is also way too cool to be considered "daylight"

      Matthew KernerMatthew Kernerأيام قبل
  • These LEDs in the Amazon link are pretty cheap. How do they compare to the much more expensive yuji LEDs in terms of realistic sunlight?

    EbbelwoyEbbelwoy7 أيام قبل
  • Question -- Starting my project with 55" TV. Looks like you just put in one LED strip along top side. Left , right and bottom sides didn't need one? Overkill? Or did we just not see that part of the construction?

    Thomas KregelThomas Kregel8 أيام قبل
  • Hi Matt, for Desctop Monitor is it same step like laptop or TV please ( if i want use the power supply directly from the monitor ) the one i have is HP EliteDisplay E243i 24-inch Monitor

    thedestractorthedestractor8 أيام قبل
  • Just the most superb quality channel. Thank you. Brilliant ideas done brilliantly, filmed and recorded in brilliant quality.

    misterbonzoidmisterbonzoid10 أيام قبل
  • I dont even have a broken TV

    Filipe SenaFilipe Sena10 أيام قبل
  • When you add the LED strips, are you adding a strip to each side of the panel, or just the bottom? The video only shows the addition of one strip to the bottom. Can't imagine one strip being bright enough though.

    Simon HallettSimon Hallett12 أيام قبل
  • artificial heat and uv?

    fariq fatahfariq fatah13 أيام قبل
  • Hey buddy. How you doin. Hope the lockdown has been gentle with you and loved ones. Big fan of your obsession with creating the sun and finally you have achieved it. Btw. Is it possible to make a window with edge lit RGB led using endlighten acrylic or any cheaper and more vastly available material as panels to make windows go from transparent to opaque to any other color. I think a window effect could be achiened with that too

    Jasvinder RekhiJasvinder Rekhi13 أيام قبل
  • Dude your brilliant👏, loving your vids, can't waitvto try some of this out.

    lee Purserlee Purser14 أيام قبل
  • Can this work with LCD tvs

    Nicola FowlerNicola Fowler14 أيام قبل
  • wow! best video i have seen in years thanks for this really really impressive and no stupid blaring music or cursing!

    roger40000roger4000015 أيام قبل
  • once you added the 2 wires what do you power up with

    ballkeeper666ballkeeper66615 أيام قبل
  • hey what was the amp rating of the power brick you used?

    Ilena StarbreezeIlena Starbreeze15 أيام قبل
  • Awesome! Thank you for this. But what if I put leds all around and not on just one side? Will it be too bright?

    KiburiKiburi16 أيام قبل
  • does it matter if the tv is a plasma or lcd ? are all their backlights the same?


    Predrag MilicPredrag Milic20 أيام قبل
  • I have a little problem with my old TV. Mine's backlight with about 18 leds directly in the backpanel (not at the sides). Problem: The original ones have some kind of a little round diffusor directly on it. Therefor there are only 2 diffusor sheets. When I use the led strips now, you can still see every led and the light isn't as diffuse as shown in the video. It was embarrasing. The original ones are very diffuse instead. But the original TV controls sadly have a power saving function and turn the backlight off after 5 Minutes. That's sad! I could still make some kind of timed stairway light with a motion detector, haha. But I'd rather go with the led strip and get rid of the whole original circuit board and controls and so on. So has anyone a clue how to make it even more diffuse without loosing so much brightness? I don't have the panel with the diffusion pads on it like around 5:28 in the video. Should I take even more diffusor sheets from another led TV and add them to my panel or what?

    tubelitraxtubelitrax20 أيام قبل
  • Nice

    bryant alfonsobryant alfonso21 أيام قبل
  • 4:57 what's that layer called?

  • It seems complicated for me, I would prefer to pay you if you do one for me 😁

    ayse1stayse1st23 أيام قبل
  • sir, thanks for your brilliant idea.

    Gemunu JayasingheGemunu Jayasinghe26 أيام قبل
  • If you combine this light, with the soapy window in your other video , for blue light refraction. Would you also get a more warmer lighting? Getting it closer to sunlight?

    tploegske minivoetbaltploegske minivoetbal27 أيام قبل
  • This shit doesn't work. Thank you for wasting my time and money.

    Efraim EliEfraim Eliأشهر قبل
    • @Sebastian Alvarado Absolutely not common sense, stop protecting him.

      Efraim EliEfraim Eli12 أيام قبل
    • @Efraim Eli it’s common sense... of course not all screens will have that special layering.

      Sebastian AlvaradoSebastian Alvarado18 أيام قبل
    • @Sebastian Alvarado He didn't say it in the video, he can go f*ck himself now.

      Efraim EliEfraim Eli18 أيام قبل
    • it heavily depends on your model

      Sebastian AlvaradoSebastian Alvarado21 أيام قبل
    • @ZyoH I did exactly what he did and the end result doesn't look the same at all. The leds' pattern is very visible under the layers and it looks nothing like real daylight.

      Efraim EliEfraim Eli29 أيام قبل
  • What about installing this into a bathroom which doesnt have a real window? 🤔

    Triggl3rTriggl3rأشهر قبل
  • i just can't get it out of my head, every time i saw you it reminds me of Dexter :))))

    Vahid AmirhasaniVahid Amirhasaniأشهر قبل
  • Oh well Nuts! Now I have a new project. :-)

    ASteamEngineerASteamEngineerأشهر قبل
  • Anyone tried this with orange LEDs for a sunrise effect?

    dujondujonأشهر قبل
  • I like how he had a roll of led lights in his back pocket, pulling it out like a pro

    dujondujonأشهر قبل
  • I now regret throwing out our old flat screen

    Melanie HeiseyMelanie Heiseyأشهر قبل
    • I guess you can go on ebay, flea market, or like a garage sale nd find old unused cheap monitors and use them

      ZyoHZyoHأشهر قبل
  • 0:11 *vsauce music plays*

    The ThouZandsThe ThouZandsأشهر قبل
  • Question: without obvious access to the TV's menu's How do I up Brightness, and remove the auto-shut-off timers? Might be best to just bypass everything, but I've also tried running the TV's LEDs with a 12v, 19v, and 24v power supply. (research seems to indicate that many TV's use a 110v power turned on/off rapidly) I could maybe hit buttons at random and hope to get to the right spots, but navigating the menu without a remote is hard enough when you can see where you are going...

    Jcee JamesJcee Jamesأشهر قبل
    • The same here. I could use the org. led and config. But the power saving is on and the lcd panel is gone.

      tubelitraxtubelitrax20 أيام قبل
  • Why didn't you leave the electronics in to just use the original back light? All you'd have to do is trick the monitor into thinking there's a video source connected?

    GGأشهر قبل
  • Hi I'm planning on doing this but with LEDs that can change color what's your opinion on it should I do it or keep it as white

    Game KnightGame Knightأشهر قبل
  • Bro, your presentation and video is awesome 💕💕😁 I have a 47” broken TV🤣 I’ll try 😁 very good idea. Thank You.

    Manna MiahManna Miahأشهر قبل
  • I just smashed my old phone to find out all the layers are glued together

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    aleksander Okonekaleksander Okonekأشهر قبل
  • Can you add more than one strip to make it brighter?

    Jonathan GrantJonathan Grantأشهر قبل
    • You could try to use many little led strips as described at about 10:43 in the video. This should normaly be brighter. But perhaps they wouldn't be diffused so much and you still would see every single led, depending on your TV type and the layers you have.

      tubelitraxtubelitrax20 أيام قبل
  • Really great Video, absolutely amazing to see what you can do with something, that people would just throw away. Looking forward to new Videos 👌

    Eugen the mainEugen the mainأشهر قبل
  • What power socket do I use

    Jack ReadJack Readأشهر قبل
    • Idk can someone pls tell me

      Jack ReadJack Readأشهر قبل
  • Can I put the led strips across 4 corners to make it even brighter? I have two 24" old monitors laying around. I'm planning to turn them into a soft box. Do you think it's gonna make a great softbox? I watched your how to make a studio light video, but I prefer to make use of those old monitors. Thanks for your videos BTW!

    RonRonأشهر قبل
  • Ok I am really trying to do this but so far I have gutted two monitors and neither had fresnel lense layers. Am I getting the wrong kinds of monitors or am I just fucking this up?

    Nicholas AccardiNicholas Accardiأشهر قبل
    • Yeah. Same here. This important fresnel lense layer is missing and the leds aren't diffused.

      tubelitraxtubelitrax20 أيام قبل
  • could you use collor leds on a timer to mimic sunrise or sunset?

    Yeou tYeou tأشهر قبل
  • can one purchase 24x48 fresnel lens panels for drop ceiling panel fixtures?

    david jacksondavid jacksonأشهر قبل
  • How can I turn a good display into a sort of digital- transition eyeglass- like window? Are they opaque until power is applied? I had a broken one which when I held at one end and shook would flicker allowing light to pass or not pass, without any power being supplied, so I guess they are mostly opaque until signal.. There must be an easy way to do it.

    YuriYuriأشهر قبل
  • I think these will start to show up in stores all over.

    Patrick O'NeillPatrick O'Neillأشهر قبل
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    Laura BrownLaura Brownأشهر قبل
  • By the way - top videos and ideas

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  • Why do you use US Amazon and US EBay. Although your English ? I have to copy and paste and see if it’s available on .co.uk sites or if I am out in Germany look for the equivalent on .de

    H HH Hأشهر قبل
  • I have a 70 inch non-working TV. God give me the courage to try this....

    NeuKidsNeuKidsأشهر قبل
  • There needs to be an update to this video. The fresnel layer only exists in projection TVs. I cracked open 2 broken TVs and 3 broken monitors so far and not a single fresnel layer.

    ZhengZhengأشهر قبل
  • A question, does philips hue light strips work with this?

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  • He's so incredibly attractive :D

    MazequaxMazequaxأشهر قبل
  • Nice work

    Dex DavdDex Davdأشهر قبل
  • Can You make a video on how to make the leds wireless? So I don’t need to plug it into the wall?

    Benjamin ShoafBenjamin Shoafأشهر قبل
  • I'm not sure I'm handy enough to try this project but you definitely deserve a "like" from me :) great job!

    dvdgalutubedvdgalutubeأشهر قبل
  • Can I do this with my lg pc monitor or nah???

    Alan GoldenAlan Goldenأشهر قبل
    • I tried this with lg pc monitor (model LG Flatron 1511s). The effect was disappointing. I don't believe you can achieve "realistic artificial daylight" in such a simple way presented in this video.

      Tom XTom X12 أيام قبل
  • Does anybody which Dell monitor model was used in this video?

    Konrad SkotnickiKonrad Skotnickiأشهر قبل
  • Hi! I have a broken Kobo ereader. Is there a fun project to do with the screen of the ereader? #suggestionForAVideo :D

    Anja van HagenAnja van Hagenأشهر قبل
  • I have an old 2009 MacBook lcd display that I for sure need to do this with

    Birthquake RecordsBirthquake Recordsأشهر قبل
  • so you went from a tv screen to a pc monitor . striped basically everything out of it . and just stuck some leds in the metal back plate . thats not exactly turning a tv into a light now is it just saying

    DJ WestDJ Westأشهر قبل
  • Cool video, but I don’t think what he calls the “fresnel” layer is actually a fresnel layer. Can someone confirm this? Isn’t it actually some sort of prism film?

    TorsopherTorsopherأشهر قبل
  • I just disassembled my screen which is very hard to open up only to realise that I didn't needed to, now I have finger prints, starches and dust well that's not awesome and it's mercury light but i will leave it as it is and use it sometimes

    Osman CildirOsman Cildirأشهر قبل
  • #Fresnel #Layer #outwards #facing #side If you forgot which side of the Fresnel layer is facing outwards: see @ 2:06 min (I had the problem a few times, because dust and cat hair had settled / stuck to it when I worked on it) How to tell if you got it right ?: - Correct: has some texture on it, whilst the wrong side doesn`t - Correct: has a wavy effect - the matt side of the diffusion layer(s) always faces outwards I wanted to double-check whether I installed the fresnel layer the right way round, it could also have been that diy perks installed it the wrong way round.. who knows :D But on the frame of the panel I could see that the recesses were made in such a way that the layers cannot be installed the wrong way round .. Panel with two foils: first fresnel layer then diffusion layer Panel with three foils: diffusion layer, fresnel layer, diffusion layer

    Cre8ionzCre8ionzأشهر قبل
  • Hi.. can you do the same thing from a phone?

    Galaxy A5Galaxy A5أشهر قبل
  • Would 2835 LEDs work? Got a couple of meters somewhere...

    ShieldOfSilenceShieldOfSilenceأشهر قبل
  • I've found many broken Flatscreen TV's every time i take the trash out. Why am I just discovering this now?

    Bernie SapitolaBernie Sapitolaأشهر قبل
  • And how do you attach the screen to the ceiling?

    Calle JonCalle Jonأشهر قبل
  • hey, what size of 12v dc did you use? what was the amp rating on it? you never mentioned that part

    Ilena StarbreezeIlena Starbreezeأشهر قبل
  • Fantastic thanks I need this for our landing

    VW&AUDIVW&AUDIأشهر قبل
  • Why can't you just use the power cord that comes with the monitor? What am I missing? Why do you have to remove the existing leds? 6:15

    Marcus WMarcus Wأشهر قبل
  • Very informative Matt and an awesome video! Thank you for sharing this, time to search for those discarded LCD monitors and TV screens. Another project posted on my things to do list. lol PEACE...

    ArakNid23ArakNid232 أشهر قبل
  • Hi Matt, I attempted this project myself and completed it today. My brother-in-law unfortunately damaged his 46inch led tv during a move. I asked if I can use it since I saw this video of you. Is there perhaps a link I can send you a few photos of or so? Would really like to share it with you.

    Wynand SmallWynand Small2 أشهر قبل
  • bro thank you so much, I can now turn them into RGB panels

  • Thanks dude But can i use this idea to a powerful light inside the my car

    Emad BidyEmad Bidy2 أشهر قبل
  • Amazing! Thank you.

    Aaron NicholsonAaron Nicholson2 أشهر قبل
  • Great Video as always! Tried it and it works fine, but in my case the light is by far not as bright as in your video. I do already run the LEDs with a 12V and 5A power supply. I could use 2m of LED-stripes without every single LED becoming darker than when I only used 50cm and it was still by far not bright enough. What kind of power supply do you use?

    Mo HeMo He2 أشهر قبل
  • Kinda gutted that the broken LCD I rescued from the sidewalk was the CFL tubes. Oh well - It's just a test to see if it makes a good light for Teams / Zoom meetings. 10m LED strip arriving tomorrow from Amazon... fingers crossed.

    Ralph PickeringRalph Pickering2 أشهر قبل
  • Why is he replacing the lights if the tv already has them?

    Gabriel MGabriel M2 أشهر قبل
    • He said in the video - because different panels use different types of lighting, most of which would be hard to power or modify to use a standard PSU. Why bother, if you can pick up a strip of LEDs with a PSU for £15.

      Ralph PickeringRalph Pickering2 أشهر قبل
  • How do you reuse the screens circuit to light te cfl’s?

    JAKUB VITJAKUB VIT2 أشهر قبل
  • This is a good video and a good first project. It did not go as well for me, but I had enjoyed the first attempt

    Jesse SmithJesse Smith2 أشهر قبل
  • Is it possible to cut the layers from the monitor, including the acrylic layer? or will that ruin them?

    Bessam Al JarianBessam Al Jarian2 أشهر قبل
  • Ordered those LED lights. Had a link to this video on the packaging haha!

    The Guitar ClubThe Guitar Club2 أشهر قبل
  • ''the Fresnel Layer that causes the light to be reflected forward'' Its a lens and a lens do not reflect light, it passes the light through it.

    StatTraveStatTrave2 أشهر قبل
    • Is this Fresnel layer that is in the monitor the same type of fresnel material that is used for those flexible magnifying glasses and credit card holders, like these? 5 Pack of Opticlens Brand 7" x 10.25" Fresnel Lens - Magnifier, Reading Aid + Solar Oven + DIY Projection TV Projects www.amazon.com/dp/B016QTBLHE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_q8X6FbRDFSEHD 🧐

      48candycane48candycane2 أشهر قبل
  • Can you use a warmer LED instead to make it have a warmer sun light appearance?

    James BarsonJames Barson2 أشهر قبل
  • Thanks for this great idea and tutorial. I would like to know if the light intensity multiplies when you put LED strips on both or even all four sides? Is there a recommendation on how many lumens in total are optimal to make the illusion of a real window perfect?

    Thorsten WaldorfThorsten Waldorf2 أشهر قبل
  • Hmm, I see lots of abandoned broken lcd tvs around where I live. Methinks I'll grab the lot of em...

    Lance K ShimabukuroLance K Shimabukuro2 أشهر قبل
  • does it matter which way round the fresnel lens goes? Ive pulled a tv apart, but dont remember which way it was.

    Scott LaundyScott Laundy2 أشهر قبل
  • Welp my TV finally broke and I'm super stoked to do this project. However, I'm hoping to further reduce the e-waste by keeping the full LED array already attached to the frame. I also want to be able to dim it via a dial. Hopefully I'll be able to figure out how to do that without frying the diodes!

    Brandon WoodsBrandon Woods2 أشهر قبل