Lamp Zapper

Here’s a fun project I finally had some time for this weekend:

I used a couple cheap Arduino clones ($16 for a pack of 5 on amazon), one in the zapper with an IR emitter, and one in a box with an IR receiver, which has an outlet for you to plug a lamp or other small device into.



The zapper sends a message that the receiver is watching for, and when it gets it, it turns a relay inside the box on and off.


The actual IR receiver part is separate from the box, mounted behind a duck hunt duck made from Perler beads.


That’s it!  Fun, quick project that you could easily knock out in a weekend.  If there’s enough interest in it then I’ll do a quick guide and show you how to make one yourself, so if you’re interested in that let me know!

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  1. Sofia Bjaaland
    October 11, 2016

    Nice idea! I would love a small guide!

  2. Hoopstar
    October 11, 2016

    Super neat little project…

    I love it…

  3. David
    October 11, 2016

    Wermy! Awesome, I would love to build this for my sons room! Could you explain the process please? Also, any chance one zapper would work for multiple lights? Awesome work as always!!

  4. Jeff
    October 11, 2016

    Would love a guide for this.

  5. Tim
    October 11, 2016

    Looks fun. I’d be interested if it’s fairly inexpensive overall.

  6. Earl
    October 11, 2016

    Very cool…I happen to have an old zapper gun, so yes I would like to see a tutorial and make one for myself.

  7. Sam Rogers
    October 11, 2016

    Awesome idea! Maybe in the meantime of making a guide you could post just the materials list? From appearance, it seems to have very few components. Can’t wait to see more of this coming soon!

  8. Pablo
    October 11, 2016

    Awesome! This would be awesome for a game room. I can picture mounting the ducks by the lamps and just have the gun laying around like a TV remote. I can also picture this working without a lamp and have the duck light up.

  9. Anonymous
    October 11, 2016

    Love this!
    Although I personally would hack it into a wall clock/alarm ( so i can shut it off from my bed! 😀 ), but that’s me….

  10. Tomatoflames
    October 11, 2016

    “Please, please!, Gimme, gimme, gimme! I need! I need!!! to quote Bob.
    . The GBZ videos are excellent, Keep em coming!

  11. Alex Sapienza
    October 12, 2016

    You ought to do a guide. You should consider putting a sound board for different noises or sounds like gunshots for when the box recovers a signal. Also please consider making/instructing more little gadgets and gizmos. It’s good for entertaining your current audience and expanding it! I would love to see more from you man! The tinkering is entertaining.

  12. RetroRehab
    October 12, 2016

    This is awesome! I should do this soon. Keep up the good work mate

  13. Randal
    October 15, 2016

    This is rad!!! I want to do a Wild Gunman one too!

  14. Maria
    October 21, 2016

    I love this! Plz, plz, plz make a guide! Would make a wonderful christmas present for my boyfriend!

  15. Ron
    November 16, 2016

    Super awesome plz make a guide

  16. Nate
    December 6, 2016

    Would love to give it a go.

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