Liam’s Pharus Lamps


The name Pharus comes from the latin word for Beacon. I chose this because of the characteristics that many of us attribute to that word. A beacon of light is physical, but also emotional and spiritual. By connecting through the internet and effecting each others light, it provides the connection and the sense of safety that a beacon provides, even when you’re far away.

Instructables Link

Progress Photos / Sketches

Stage 1:

Stage 2: Exploring forms

Stage 3: Breadboard & Code

Stage 4: Solder-type Breadboard & more code

Stage 5: 3D Model and Mold Making

Minor Hiccups

Stage 6: Casting Cement

Stage 7: Final Circuit and Lamp Lid

Liam’s IoT & Final Project Planning

Final Project idea

I was inspired by this help desk with infinity light illusion, to create a DJ table with this effect built in. The LEDs would also pulse or moved with the music that is playing. The turntables and mixer would be inlaid into the desk and sit flush underneath the table top. The lights would be seen the entire length of the front and only go a couple of inches deep. The rest of the desk would feature cubbies for cables or record storage.


Bill of Parts

  1. 3/4 Playwood
  2. Wood Veneer Edging
  3. Neo Pixel strips
  4. Battery pack
  5. Glass sheet
  6. Mirror window tint

Creation of Adafruit and IFTT Accounts

I was able to create both accounts and read through the project files. However, I was still having wifi connectivity issues as I did with last weeks homework. I tried multiple hotspots this time but nothing worked. Below is a video of my Arduino attempting to connect. Chester said he will be connecting the new wifi router tomorrow though!

Liam’s Luke Skywalker Costume

Why this costume?

I decided on Luke Skywalker because of his pivotal role in the Star Wars Saga and his character timeline fit well with our group as we had one character from each era of the movies. But more importantly, building a replica of his lightsaber that actually works was a childhood DREAM of mine, and now it is a reality.

What’s it like?

Holding this lightsaber feels great. Pressing the button and seeing the beam of light shoot out from the bottom of the sword is an awesome sight to behold.

What Would You Change?

If I had been able to do it over, I would have changed my material from wood to either a metal or plastic. Or applied several more coats of primer. The wood grain and texture showed through the paint slightly and gave away the allusion of the chrome metal.

Handle Construction

Parts List:

  • Wooden Dowel
  • Balsa Foam
  • PVC pipe parts
  • Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint (chrome & copper)
  • Behr Black Gloss paint and primer spray paint
  • Painters Tape

Circuit Construction

Testing the Circuit

Parts List:

  • Frosted Polycarbonate Tubing
  • Roll of drafting paper
  • NeoPixel Strip w/ 53 LED’s
  • Button
  • Adafruit Gemma M0
  • Battery

Circuit Diagram & Code


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Liam’s Halloween Progress

After serious deliberations over who makes the most sense playing each character, and the addition of Kristina to our costume group, I have decided to switch my role from Qui-Gon Jinn, to Luke Skywalker in “Return of the Jedi.”

The intention of this project is to bring back to life my childhood wonder in fantasy that is Star Wars. We have grouped up in order to portray multiple characters in order to world build. We will also be choreographing a fight scene for the parade.

Luke Skywalker, Episode 6


For the outfit bottom I’ll be toting black rain boots and slim black pants. For the top I will be wearing a black long sleeve shirt and a black Nuru vest that own from India. I will also be raiding my moms closet for a chunky black belt.


Luke’s Lightsaber Replica

The first object as the part of my “Luke” costume is the lightsaber. I am about half to completing the handle, which I have carved into a wooden dowel using the workshop Lathe. I need to make the indented ribbing as well as cut off the top and bottom base used for securing it in the Lathe.

After the design is done, I will bore a 1/4″ hole thru the center of the handle allowing for the wires to run from the NeoPixel strip in the sword, to the battery at the bottom.

For the light part of the sword I will be using a clear polycarbonate tube 1″ in diameter and cutting it down to about 28″. I have bought a sheet of somewhat opaque “drafting paper” which I will roll up and slide into the piece of tubing. This will diffuse the light and give the sense that my lightsaber is actually glowing!

Diffusion Paper & Circuit Materials

Materials List

  • Wooden Dowel
  • Polycarbonate Tubing
  • Gemma
  • Electrical Wires
  • 3.7V Battery
  • 29.5″ NeoPixel Strip
  • Button

Other materials needed for the lightsaber:

  • Black rubber washers
  • Chrome spray paint (Silver & Gold)

Circuit Diagram

Liam’s Halloween Costume

For my Halloween costume I will be constructing a replica of Qui-Gon Jinn’s lightsaber seen in the Phantom Menace episode of the Star Wars series. 

Parts List

  • Polycarbonate tubing
  • Wooden dowel (Already in the PoD studio) 
  • 3D Printed button using red filament

Circuit Parts & Function

Gemma Board

20+ LED NeoPixel strip

Push Button

cycler to create 3 animations:

  1. Color Wipe (yellow)
  2. Fade in and out (yellow)
  3. Fire Animation (yelow) – I found information about this animation here:

“Septopus” – Liam’s Plush Toy

A Night Light for sea health education


  • This Octopus is part of a product line of friendly sea creatures that allow for kids to develop an appreciation for sea life and the ocean health at large
  • His blue lights and missing tentacle represent his decline in our oceans health
  • Each purchase would include a card with facts about the specific creature and tips on how the child could lend a hand in helping our oceans


Liam Monaghan Plush Night Light Proposal

A product line of friendly sea creatures that allow for kids to develop an appreciation for sea life and the ocean at large. Centering around life that normally isn’t portrayed in a popular manner. I will be focusing on creating the octopus character for class.

Materials: Pink/Purple Sherpa fabric, zipper for access to battery, thread, googly eyes, circuit and LED’s, Plastic board for light diffusion

  • Octopus with LED’s at the end of each tentacle 
  • Sting ray with LED’s along its tail
  • Shark with LED’s on the tip of each fin


Circuit Diagram for Octopus – need to chain LED’s together