Turning Smashed TVs into Realistic Artificial Daylight


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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/1/711-532...

And here's how to make them with laptop screens: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2KK4...

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  • Eddie Breaks Things
    Eddie Breaks Things2 ปีที่แล้ว

    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

  • --


    11 หลายเดือนก่อน

    @DIY Perks this would be so cool to do with LED lights that can change color! can you make one with RBG LED strips

  • Jane Smith

    Jane Smith


    Villain? Never! Dr. Who? Most definitely!

  • Rawk Haze

    Rawk Haze


    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 THmyrs with high energy or they feel like actors, they just want to see an interesting build project.

  • Lemuel King

    Lemuel King


    @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.

  • Brazzudso



    Eddie Breaks Things go!

  • Anni Mau
    Anni Mauวันที่ผ่านมา

    There are so many monitors given away for free on the internet... I really want to try this now. I love building things but electronics always kinda scare me, but I think this is something that even I could manage to do! Thanks!

  • Fachri Rachmanda
    Fachri Rachmandaวันที่ผ่านมา

    I appreciate your dedication to provide that much of banana only to demonstrate the light focus effect

  • YGKphotos
    YGKphotos2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Just built one of these with a broken monitor I had laying around, my execution wasn't as clean as yours, but it should still be helpful on dreary days, and it was a good first step into working with LED strips. My monitor had an LED array like the one you showed in the video, and I found that the alignment between those LEDs and the glass/plastic panel had a big impact on how well light spread across the panel, I think those micro dots are intended to reflect light internally and their geometry is likely calibrated to work with the light source being right on the edge of the panel (maybe this varies between panels). Unfortunately the stock LED array is a lot thinner than the LED strips, and the LEDs are mounted length-wise while LED strips usually mount them along the short edge. So it's difficult to get the LEDs to line up properly with the panel. I ended up using some little silicone pads* between the layer of white plastic/paper and the glass/plastic panel to boost it up a bit higher, making it align better with the LEDs. This was much better than when I just had the panel laying flat against the metal frame, but it's still not perfect because the panel isn't perfectly rigid, and even the slight sags between pads noticeably effect how much light spreads in the panel. it should be possible to 3d print some brackets that would hold all the parts in perfect alignment, though the design would have to be adjusted to the exact dimensions of the parts you're working with. I might play around with that approach if/when I take another swing at this using monitor parts like this. *: the type you'd put under a small countertop appliance to keep it from slipping around

  • Ciprian Ștefan
    Ciprian Ștefan5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    And here i'm gonna take apart a broken monitor i have around for the acrylic panel to do my laptop as a mini computer :)

  • Chase
    Chase5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I literally just did this after this video. 10/10 recommend. I was able to reuse the backlight and power supply

  • Ty Carter

    Ty Carter

    3 วันที่ผ่านมา

    welp that was dumb you probably used a tv. sorry

  • Ty Carter

    Ty Carter

    3 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Ive been trying to reuse it but the monitor keeps going into sleep mode. what did you do?

  • Zuphox
    Zuphox9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    If you wear polarized sunglasses you can see whatever image is on the tv

  • Tyler
    Tyler9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This would make the perfect softlight..

  • Dokter Maiskorn
    Dokter Maiskorn10 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Bei careful. Epoxy is very toxic. I would recommend to so ist outside

  • Waqas Rasool
    Waqas Rasool12 วันที่ผ่านมา


  • JC Sosia
    JC Sosia13 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Love this video!! Any specific type or brand to look out for when it comes to TVs or monitors?

  • Wesley Mays
    Wesley Mays15 วันที่ผ่านมา

    [10:56] "...loses out on a lot of the daylight effects" But if you found a fresnel lens of the right size, you _could_ use that with the multiple layers of LEDs, right?

  • Daniel Scheuerman
    Daniel Scheuerman16 วันที่ผ่านมา

    How do these compare to those you can find in a hardware store. I don’t trust myself to build this, but absolutely must have one. Do the commercial ones have the same depth feature? Is there any way to make this tunable so that you can dial in conditions that match exterior conditions and time of day?

  • Kimberlee Kautzer
    Kimberlee Kautzer16 วันที่ผ่านมา

    It's a dim and gloomy November thus far, and I'm already feeling despair. Fortunately, my son just cracked our flat screen! I've never been so filled with hope and joy over a damaged appliance!!

  • bronzer
    bronzer17 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Finally hopefully a good use for my broken monitors

  • Manin Underpants
    Manin Underpants17 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I'm wondering would they be useful for my other hobby, growing weed?💨

  • Prasad Shirke
    Prasad Shirke19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Can we use rgb led how it will be look good idea or bad idea

  • Joseph Loveday
    Joseph Loveday20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Hah, only just watched this video. I fixed a TV with a faulty backlight driver a few weeks ago by using the ‘tedious’ method: splitting it up into smaller strings. Can confirm: very tedious (it’s a big screen with a long led strip). Still worth it though, saved it from the dump!

  • Draaksward
    Draaksward22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This is quite amazing. Looking forward to trying it out.

  • IGRojikku
    IGRojikku22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The emphasis this man always has on PROPERLY recycling all the unused pieces is amazing, a lot more people who scavenge parts for cute projects like me need to be more consistent on recycling instead of just trashing what’s not used

  • Dnisify
    Dnisify23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    DIY Perks: "ah yes broken produkt... it's useless... or is it?" *creates some dope shit with it to prove us wrong

  • david newman
    david newman24 วันที่ผ่านมา

    i genuinely want to make this

  • New Anonymous Channel
    New Anonymous Channel24 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Wow you look like Tobey Maguire

  • Tomo
    Tomo26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I see you installed LED strips just on the side where original backlight was. Would you benefit if strips were installed on all 4 sides, or because of diffusion sheet it has to be just on one side?

  • ironkcoony


    23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    more sides, more light and better distribution

  • Chiliket
    Chiliket29 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I Really Want To Make This 😃

  • FothergillFilm

    I was just about to take my old TV to the recycling centre - now I'm chopping it up for a light panel!

  • NefFy

    Very cool... just kinda wish you showed it with one layer vs two layers..

  • Dylan Baril
    Dylan Barilหลายเดือนก่อน

    Hi, I'm super late, but could you detail how they are powered? I think they use a 12v 5A power source, but where did you get the "power socket" ? Also does 22awg wire works to extend? Thanks

  • SleepyKitty

    oml amazing, i've been looking for a way to mimic natural light where i live. it looks so amazing!

  • Mike Huston
    Mike Hustonหลายเดือนก่อน

    I'm working on making one of these with a 50" LCD TV. It is all apart. I put LED strips on the entire perimeter of the chassis I am using for the back. I have tried putting the diffusers, Fresnel and other panels in different order. The whole panel doesn't light, just the edges. Is a 50" too big for this project? Thank you for your help.

  • dattebayo

    Great idea I found a big curved broken monitor for free I want to use it as a desk light

  • Max Chumanov
    Max Chumanovหลายเดือนก่อน

    4:30 🤯

  • ꧁•Jurgen Boes•꧂
    ꧁•Jurgen Boes•꧂หลายเดือนก่อน

    Awesome! I just droped one of my expensieve MSI optix 32" gaming monitors this would be great as a streaming light above the other once as it has the same curve to it

  • echodelta9

    A few TV's will stay on if turned on by the only button on the panel bottom, the rest time out. Many need a turn-on voltage to light up. Those I just strip out the LCD and use as is. A big 4K screen made it to the curb in just 2 years, now it's over my work workbench. The rest mostly have one little board which is hard to hack. I save all the sheets and plastics, so I might try this with some RGBW tape I found.

  • Schlumbo

    This is not really working with old tube lighted Screens. I tried it, but it doesnt look good :(

  • Dominik Dziadziuszko
    Dominik Dziadziuszkoหลายเดือนก่อน

    would this work with a plasma TV? do it also have all the necessary panels?

  • Silver Clouds
    Silver Cloudsหลายเดือนก่อน

    Help!! I have the TV apart. I bought the lights in the description. But there isn't any paperwork to indicate what sort of power source to use? Just says 12V DC... but how many amps? I have two DC power supplies on hand. One is 12V .3 Amps and the other is 12V 3+ Amps. Will one of those work? I don't want to hose it up, so I'm checking if anyone knows before I start wiring them up? Thank you!!!

  • Bilal Ahmed Mustafa
    Bilal Ahmed Mustafaหลายเดือนก่อน

    Great video

  • assaf gazit
    assaf gazitหลายเดือนก่อน

    Just brilliant

  • Alexander Fraser
    Alexander Fraserหลายเดือนก่อน

    Amazing stuff old chap, only kidding there, first class video, the inverter was knackered in my flat screen tv, and it was a damn good tv, so no back light, and as you know its the inverter and one which would cost you more to buy than a new telly, I just put a strip of leds along inside, leaving a wire out to a usb cable, when the telly was back together, the usb was plugged into the back of the telly, so when the telly was switched on, the back light would come on and hay presto, picture on the screen again. if you want to know how to check if its the inverter or the back light, just check utube and you will find out, simply turn telly on, and when there is no picture on the screen, dull the room right down, and shine a torch across the screen, and if you can still just pick up on some imaging there, just and no more, then its the inverter thats f,,,,,d...so you either buy an expensive inverter or do what I did, put leds in as I said.

  • The SFC: Sony Phone and PC Hardware Channel
    The SFC: Sony Phone and PC Hardware Channel 2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Thanks for this- just trying it out on a broken 59 inch TV. I have however improved on your idea by not only allowing a natural sunlight effect (by using 6000K Daylight LEDS) but by including GOVEE RGBIC (addressable LED's) STRIP too, then one can turn the whole panel into a light show. It can also be used to simulate the sun during morning or sunset. The advantage of RBIC LED Strips is that it will also be ALEXA and Google assistant compatible. Once I have the LEDs in a couple of weeks ill produce a video on my channel. Of course I will give you credit and a link to your channel for the original idea but I will demonstrate an improved version. On another note: I think some ideas you have on your channel are great and I like it that you provide the basics but let our creative juices flow. I'm more of a creative guy then a techie anyway.

  • Rotel Dorel
    Rotel Dorel2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    me god more den 1,4k dont like you tralal , i understend u force you self to play like u are best jurnalist BBC ESTRACANCI , you wen 12 milion ero go to honolulu coze u wen premier nobel of me shiet madam tanty:))

  • Milan
    Milan2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    it works... well im suprised by myself :))))

  • FreeHomeBrew
    FreeHomeBrew2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I tried this with an old TV and some old LED's I wasn't using. You definitely need the right LED's, which I unfortunately didn't have. I won't be ordering the recommended ones, since they're from the ccp. I couldn't find any on chinanever (yet) so I suppose I'll just be waiting.

  • Growlord GT
    Growlord GT2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    You should try reverse cycling and see if it is possible. Lock yourself in home for a couple of days and put those sunlight panels on a timer to turn on in the night only. Change all your clocks and see if you actually do sleep during the day and get up in the night. Or not.

  • Laurian
    Laurian2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Hi Matt, coming back to this video after a few and just want to mention a couple of things: - the "lens" layer is actually a collimating film, not a Fresnel layer - you don't find the collimating film as a separate layer as the functionality is integrated in the display panel itself on most modern displays.

  • Juan Sanchez
    Juan Sanchez2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Did you use only one strip of LEDs on the top? or also in the bottom and sides? also wouldn't be better to use dimmeable CCT LEDs to better simulate daylight depending of the time of day?

  • Jerry Rideout
    Jerry Rideout2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Could you please list some tvs that still use a fresnel plate?

  • Asil 007
    Asil 0072 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Is it possible to put in a picture of the sky printed on clear mylar or something like that, as the top or most outward layer to look more like a real skylight? If it was kept quite faded so not to block light? If so, would you put it before the acrylic or on the outside or??? And, can you put led strip all around the frame not just one end?

  • Tyee Joseph
    Tyee Joseph2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Would these be usable as grow lights

  • NeWFie-KaNaTa
    NeWFie-KaNaTa2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Isn't this the same concept as a previous video. But on that one you used the backlight. Confused. Lol. I must research more.

  • Alexandru Tuțică
    Alexandru Tuțică2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I know this video is so old, but did you ever think of combining the soapy water tank from the artificial sun video with these panels?

  • Robert Stephens
    Robert Stephens2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Wow, I just realized that a television is useful for something!

  • Giyora Yaffe
    Giyora Yaffe2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I don't understand from where do I get those layers he put on top of the LEDs? Can someone help please?

  • StupidEarthlings
    StupidEarthlings2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    So, who has an actual framed skylight "box" in the ceiling, with NO skylight in it? Correct, nobody. Are you saying you really framed and sheet rocked that rectangle in the ceiling, just to put in a FAKE/ SIM skylight? Okay..

  • panagiotis zymaris
    panagiotis zymaris2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Does anyone know what tvs this would work with? I've already tried 2 and either had a frenyle or acrylic layer

  • Элиф Тетик

    Элиф Тетик

    2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I have the same question. I have tried one and it didn't work.

  • Looki2000
    Looki20002 หลายเดือนก่อน

    If you have got old screen with CCFL you can use original inverter and also original screen casing. Then the lamp will look like a monitor. :)

  • R3K47
    R3K472 หลายเดือนก่อน

    his mother: “what do u want for Christmas?” him: “Aluminum!”

  • Jerry Rideout
    Jerry Rideout2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Could you please tell me what specific TVs have the Fresnel Lenses? I took apart a large Samsung today but it has diffuser sheets but no Fresnel Lenses.

  • Kung PuPanda
    Kung PuPanda3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Hi have a 55 inch fresnel lens from a broke TV. Can I cut it into quarters and still have the same effect? Not sure in the center of the layer is important.

  • Senura Senaratne
    Senura Senaratne3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Frenel lense is not the correct term it’s a collimating film layer

  • balaji reddy Panta
    balaji reddy Panta3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    how it will look if we put RGB led instead of white leds. ? i wonder it looks amazing

  • Ijaz H
    Ijaz H3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I've had the backlight go on my TV and replaced it before. This is actually a lot easier to do then it looks. The difficulty is not breaking it while taking it apart.

  • CP trikester
    CP trikester3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I've watched a lot of these types of DIY skylight videos and I'm baffled that the original power board, that has the right voltage for the lights, is not used.

  • dre145


    3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Most TVs have power saving modes by default now that without a source the tv will turn off. Also most TVs need the logic boards to also work and then you need to use the remote to turn them on. There is a reason most people don’t use the included power board. Also those boards in more cases are a lot more expensive then a simple 12v power adapter

  • Christo
    Christo3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    INTERESTING! Disassemble the tv screen until the edge lights are present. Extract the fresnel sheets. Decide the TV parts were dangerous, Buy daylight CRI 95+ strips and driver. Build a frame to mount this new daylight panel with new aluminium angle and drop saw. Wonder why you needed the TV in the first place. Push out a full bin on garbage night. Done

  • Idan Chen
    Idan Chen3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Does this works on a TV that has no image?

  • Niel Josiah
    Niel Josiah3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Do we need to remove the top diffusion sheet for the laptop screens?

  • Vitali
    Vitali3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Awesome !!! I already imagine how dimmable Tunable White LED would look like sunset, a clear midday and sunrise XD

  • MosiBat
    MosiBat3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    you are awsome , i love you

  • CosmicFox
    CosmicFox3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    portable window

  • Igor Schreiber
    Igor Schreiber3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Cut one on strips and make a long light for corridors. What about Plasma TVs? Is any use for them?

  • Eric Thorson
    Eric Thorson3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I’ve disassembled two TVs now and neither has had a frenel lens

  • Senura Senaratne

    Senura Senaratne

    3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I tried googling for a frenel lens but I think he has the terminology wrong, it’s called a collimating film layer

  • Boogie Man
    Boogie Man3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I tried using this setup and its not as bright as 4:35, I was running 12 volt 6amp making it a 60 watt light. I have also run this on a 12 volt 19 amps and the strips were getting too hot for the touch. The 12 volt 6 amp was my second option and the led strips were ok to touch. Would be great if you could list the best adapter for this. Thanks in advance.

  • NefFy
    NefFy3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I like the idea still and I don’t think he would see the cracks with the light on but I think it would look like crap with the light off and you didn’tReally show that and that’s what the title is

  • NefFy
    NefFy3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I think smashed means some thing else here because I was thinking of a cracked screen and that is not cracked at all

  • NefFy
    NefFy3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    If it’s an old one with the tubes but you wanna make it look like the new one then just put the LED strips around the outside like you did with the other one.... right?!

  • keil baker
    keil baker3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Is there away to connect the LED strips to a power pank so a power socket isn't needed?

  • SmoollBrain
    SmoollBrain3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    If you hear this man saying something like: "This is useless... or is it?" you know this is not useless.

  • Anneke de Bruyn
    Anneke de Bruyn3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Dang these would make great DIY LED panels.

  • Nomo Hakon
    Nomo Hakon3 หลายเดือนก่อน

    If the power board works, why not just use that, with a bit of rewiring? Lets you make it with way less work.

  • Frog 4096
    Frog 40964 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Assuming you wanted to use the original backlight, why not simply use the original power supply that powered it?

  • james hulk
    james hulk4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    It would also be good for recording or photo shoots

  • Logan Huwe
    Logan Huwe4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    they also sell 2x4 and 2x2 panels at lighting stores for drop ceilings, wonder how those would work

  • Miriam
    Miriam4 หลายเดือนก่อน


  • Chantal Rochon
    Chantal Rochon4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Hum! The kids broke the front panel of our tv (horsing around). I need a new light in my studio, great idea 💡 Thank you for this video.

  • Totumfacky
    Totumfacky4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I have backlight LED panels from Philips 40PFL9705H/12. How can I light them up easliy? What I managed to analyze it, the panels are powered by about 40V AC, how can I light it up for my window easly? That TV was 400Hz or so for 3D active glasses

  • clorox bleach Forager
    clorox bleach Forager4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Just finished making this (albeit mine is a little more bootleg than yours.) I'm a nightshift worker and this will help me out during long nights on my off days. Thank you so much for all the in-depth tutorials you've made over the years.

  • Philip Gevaert
    Philip Gevaert4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Remarkable ! Great ingenuity !

  • Philip Gevaert
    Philip Gevaert4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Remarkable ! Great ingenuity !

  • Brandon Boatner
    Brandon Boatner4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    God: let there be light This guy: I'm not impressed

  • Павел Бурбон
    Павел Бурбон4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Dude someone broke entire television oh noo ☹️

  • Aftab
    Aftab4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    0:12 , who else got reminded of vsause?

  • Sergio Ontiveros
    Sergio Ontiveros4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Shame i found this video just 2 days after throwing out my broken 70" tv that would've made an awesome project with this 😓

  • Rao Suresh
    Rao Suresh4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Just awed by the sheer details of your projects. I'm sure Elon will be looking for you when he is ready to put a team to take to Mars!!

  • ThunderStorm



    lol why would he take a tech diy person to mars

  • 멘토르석사
    멘토르석사4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Shit i threw out a huge 43tv!

  • bong kem
    bong kem4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    after watching this guy i want my stuff to break so i can diy like this :))))

  • Stefan Veres
    Stefan Veres4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    0:11 Vsauce kickin in

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    Sajan Nair4 หลายเดือนก่อน


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  • Umph
    Umph4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I'm did this both but I didn't change power supply I just cut other wyrs. M kids love it thank you