what's a bright light to use?

i'm looking to make a series of floor lamps to use on a stage setting. the simple LEDs that I have are clearly not bright enough.

so what kind of options do i have for really bright LEDs?

and how would you control a bigger light with arduino? say a normal lamp?

For LEDs you could use a high power LED with a driver. For controlling a regular lamp you would need a relay

thanks. what is an example of a high power LED with a driver ? maybe on a site like adafruit?

and how does the relay work? (i imagine it’s something like when you put your lights on a timer)

Well i attached a schematic for controlling a relay with arduino. And heres a link for a driver, a LED, and a heatsink.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1PCS-Cree-XLamp-XTE-XT-E-Cool-White-LEDs-w-16mm-Board-R4-Bin-456LM-at-5W-/321032773895?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4abf0b6107

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aluminum-Heatsink-53x22mm-for-3W-or-5W-LED-DIY-/321003362704?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4abd4a9990

relays.pdf (15.1 KB)

thanks, this is really interesting to me :)

Yea me too. Now the LED I linked to is insanely bright, its as powerful as 3.5 maglites. If you want less just search ebay for 1w or 3w led

Shoot, just get some 15-20,000 mCD superbright white LEDs, make yourself blind with just 20mA. Example http://www.mpja.com/10mm-White-LED-15000-mcd-Non-Diffused/productinfo/15415+OP/ http://www.dipmicro.com/store/LED5W

Yea i just posted that one since i am using it for a current project. It puts out 456 lumens