Mosaic LEGO Super Mario Bros. Lamp by Julius von Brunk

Technical details: E12 Candelabra CFL bulb, 580 lumen, 9 Watts, 5,000K CRI.

Based on my previous mosaic Super Mario Bros. LEGO lamp from 2012, which used a stained glass effect, this new model uses a clever rigging of Technic bricks and transparent dots to mimic a Lite Brite set!

To build your own, check out my tutorial on Instructables to build your own — and make sure to vote for this in the Make it Glow contest!

-Baron von Brunk

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Damn, I’m good. (new 5,000K 9W CFL bulb has arrived) #SuperMario #Mario #Nintendo #NES #LEGO #FireFlower  (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Damn, I’m good. (new 5,000K 9W CFL bulb has arrived) #SuperMario #Mario #Nintendo #NES #LEGO #FireFlower (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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Make no mistake: when completed, this new #LEGO #SuperMario “Lite Brite” lamp if mine shall rocketh thy world. #Nintendo  (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Make no mistake: when completed, this new #LEGO #SuperMario “Lite Brite” lamp if mine shall rocketh thy world. #Nintendo (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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Sure, it may seem like a good idea - but taking magic mushrooms won’t make you a fun guy! Ha, get it!? Nevermind. #LEGO #SuperMario #Nintendo  (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Sure, it may seem like a good idea - but taking magic mushrooms won’t make you a fun guy! Ha, get it!? Nevermind. #LEGO #SuperMario #Nintendo (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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Ready for action!! (whoops, wrong game) #LEGO #Nintendo #SuperMario #FireFlower

Ready for action!! (whoops, wrong game) #LEGO #Nintendo #SuperMario #FireFlower

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It’s okay, I’ve got an extra guy! #1up #SuperMario #LEGO #Nintendo  (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

It’s okay, I’ve got an extra guy! #1up #SuperMario #LEGO #Nintendo (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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A sneak peek at the work in progress of my new mosaic #LEGO #SuperMario lamp. Unlike previous illuminated LEGO models of mine which used a stained glass effect, this one shall resemble a Lite Brite set when lit up! #Nintendo

A sneak peek at the work in progress of my new mosaic #LEGO #SuperMario lamp. Unlike previous illuminated LEGO models of mine which used a stained glass effect, this one shall resemble a Lite Brite set when lit up! #Nintendo

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Damn, I’m good. Hail to the Baron, baby. #LEGO #TrafficLights #MOC  (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Damn, I’m good. Hail to the Baron, baby. #LEGO #TrafficLights #MOC (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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What what!? Baron von Brunk succeeded in securely installing a pushbutton into the infrastructure of his electronic #LEGO traffic signal lamp!? (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

What what!? Baron von Brunk succeeded in securely installing a pushbutton into the infrastructure of his electronic #LEGO traffic signal lamp!? (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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Damn, I’m good. Electronic #LEGO traffic signal lamp work-in-progress. (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

Damn, I’m good. Electronic #LEGO traffic signal lamp work-in-progress. (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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I made a few changes on the Tiggs LEGO portrait/lamp. Replaced the incandescent bulbs with bright LEDs, and replaced the parallel wires with a series circuit in order to have the bulb sockets stay in place better due to one less wire. In a series circuit, adding more bulbs draws power away and makes both bulbs dim, whilst in a parallel circuit, both lights illuminate equally. With these particular LED bulbs, I noticed no difference between in brightness with the parallel and series circuits, thus I went with the latter of the two. Both bulb sockets are rigged up to a 120VAC power cord with a switch, similar to that of a Christmas light string.

Photo lights: 5,000k CFL bulbs (x2)
Eye lights: 5 lumen candelabra LED nightlight bulbs (x2)

-Baron von Brunk

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Sometimes I even amaze myself. Work in progress of the light bulb rigging of my #LEGO traffic signal lamp.

Sometimes I even amaze myself. Work in progress of the light bulb rigging of my #LEGO traffic signal lamp.

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Making a 3D CAD mockup if my next big #LEGO model for another #Instructables contest - for illuminated arts/crafts. I’ve given myself the green light to move forward with this expensive project: I’ve spent over $60 in specialty electrical parts thus far! #TrafficLights

Making a 3D CAD mockup if my next big #LEGO model for another #Instructables contest - for illuminated arts/crafts. I’ve given myself the green light to move forward with this expensive project: I’ve spent over $60 in specialty electrical parts thus far! #TrafficLights

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Electronic mosaic LEGO portrait of my deceased Main Coon named Tiggs!

I built this entire project over the course of a weekend, and then rigged up a simple parallel circuit behind the eyes to make them light up, in the same style as the stained glass window of my Super Mario Brothers 3 airship.

This is the Mk.1 edition of the portrait; soon I’m going to remake the eyes to be more green, as the orange and yellow kind of makes them look demonic! The lights in the picture are small 5 Watt bulbs, and soon I’m also going to switch them with bright LED bulbs to reduce heat. I’ve certainly got a knack for making portraits of cats — I should probably build others!

-Baron von Brunk

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The last sneak peek you’ll be seeing until tomorrow’s photo shoot! #LEGO #catstagram  (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

The last sneak peek you’ll be seeing until tomorrow’s photo shoot! #LEGO #catstagram (at Baron von Brunk’s Attic Fortress of Justice)

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