Ages 9+

Color Projector Lamp


Liquid light shows and engineering meet with a groovy color projector lamp you build yourself! Wire up a motor and build a mechanical rocker system to move the liquid color discs back and forth. Then turn on the lamp to shine light through the color filters and project soothing, swirling colors on the wall.Read more

Why it’s awesome

  1. Rockin’ electronics

    Wire up a motor and build the mechanics to tip the lamp.

  2. Groovy glow

    Oil-and-water dishes filter the light and show off shifting colors.

  3. Just add water

    All the electronics and materials are included, including batteries.

What’s included?

  • wood set (11 pcs)

  • hardware set (60 pcs)

  • battery pack with 4 AA alkaline batteries

  • 2 zip ties

  • motor

  • light

  • mineral oil 3.38 fl oz (100 mL)

  • clear disk

  • measuring cup

  • mess mat

  • 3 liquid colors, each 0.17 fl oz (5 mL)

  • 3 containers

  • 3 sticky foam sheets

  • 2 reflectors

  • illustrated instruction booklet

Topics explored

  1. Color and light

  2. Motors and cams

  3. Subtractive color mixing

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

The original inspiration for this crate came from the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights. We tried a lot of ways to replicate the shifting colors. Our favorite method was one based on the liquid light shows of the ‘60s and ‘70s. So groovy!

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Lamp prototypes built


Liquid colors


Colors projected



2 reviews

    Northern lights mom


    I got one for me and my son. Seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list. This was so much fun and absolutely beautiful.



    My grandson absolutely loved this project!

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