Night Light Soldering Kit

The night is dark and full of terrors, so why not light it up with this handy little night light that will fade up and down depending on how dark the environment is? The Night Light is an intermediate level soldering kit designed to provide good lessons for individuals looking to expand their soldering expertise by building a light-activated night light cube! Each Night Light Soldering Kit takes about 10-30min to assemble with basic soldering materials (not included), the hardest part being actually assembling the housing around the LED PCB.

Every Night Light kit includes housing and base PCBs, five white LEDs, resistors, a mini photocell, an NPN transistor, and an SMD USB power connector. All you need to supply (besides a soldering iron and solder) is a micro USB cable since it is not included. We do recommend taking your time assembling this kit as you will need patience to make sure the design-cut PCB housing is assembled correctly.

Note: Since this product is a kit, assembly and a basic knowledge of soldering will be required. The Night Light Kit does not come pre-assembled.

  • 1x Top PCB
  • 1x Base PCB
  • 4x Side PCBs
  • 5x White 5mm LEDs
  • 1x Mini Photocell
  • 1x SMD USB Power Connector
  • 1x NPN - 2N3904 Transistor
  • 5x 270 Ohm Resistors
  • 1x 39K Ohm Resistor

Night Light Soldering Kit Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Soldering

This skill defines how difficult the soldering is on a particular product. It might be a couple simple solder joints, or require special reflow tools.

3 Soldering

Skill Level: Competent - You will encounter surface mount components and basic SMD soldering techniques are required.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Looking for answers to technical questions?

We welcome your comments and suggestions below. However, if you are looking for solutions to technical questions please see our Technical Assistance page.

  • Chiel / about 6 years ago / 2

    I would like to know what the USB connector is like a brand name and/or Model nr.

    It only has 2 pins for power and they are both easy to solder which would make them perfect for simply usb powered stuff. Normal Micro-usb connectors tend to be a absolute pain to hand solder, but finding micro-cables is the easiest thing these days so a easy connector would be perfect.

  • Musher / about 6 years ago / 1

    Hi, we sell them here we buy them from various sellers depending on stock levels and sadly I don't have a part number or datasheet.

Customer Reviews

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Lot's of fun

I got this as a soldering project for my 9 y/o and me. We had a ton of fun building it. The base of the light was super easy to assemble and the directions were quite clear. We only had two issues:

1) It was really hard for the 9 y/o to not accidentally touch the sides of the box with the soldering iron when soldering the sides together. Not a bid deal, just something to be aware when working with. beginner

2) I had to go through several usb power adapters to find one that worked with the night light. Fortunately, I have a drawer full of them, but it did mean that we spent a fair amount of time with a multimeter checking the base until I realized that the issue was the adapter.

Overall a great project. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Night light kit

This is a nice kit. The instruction video was helpful on how to hold the sides in place during soldering. It there a way to make the photocell more sensitive to light? The unit work great at my work bench, which has bright lightning, but never turns fully off in my bedroom with normal lighting.