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DIY Workbench LED lighting

DIY Workbench LED lighting

Feb 16, 2013

After looking around Homedepot and Lowes a few times I wasn’t satisfied with the price, size or color temperature of any of the lighting solutions I saw. Blam, Pow and Zap! DIY to the rescue.

I bought some surplus LED light modules on a string of 20 from MPJA. An eight foot length of angle aluminum and some screws from Homedepot. Got busy this morning, drove to Homedepot and with writing this article I took less than three hours to complete this project. Now I can see quite a bit more clearly on my work bench. I can remove a couple free standing desk lamps for more bench space.

Here is a photo shot from my new #wp8 Nokia Lumia 920 showing the LED modules and the angle aluminum. There are adhesive backs on the modules. I soldered on a power connector, found an old 800ma 12vdc wall wart and well… there ya go.

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And the finished product on my work bench. Now I can get to work on the microMedic contest at Parallax. And my @HomeAmation data logger, and my RaspberryPi node.js Home automation, and my laser robot, and my CNC mill, and yada yada yada sis boom bah! Winking smile

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c ya…

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  1. Claude Balls /

    What temperature [as in color temperature] are these bulbs? I hate the garish blue tones many LED desk lamps have, and want a warmer light, or at least more whitish or yellowish than blue, similar to the color of Halogen maybe, without the heat and excessive current draw. I think it sad that my 16 four foot by four foot photovolatic panels only net me 3KW, but the power company is paying me 54cents per KW for the next 8 years, so what the hey. I just want to get my lighting needs way down – I have some .3W nightlights I like, so I know minimal draw lighting is well on it’s way. Now, to get the AC side of the heat pump down in cost, so I don’t drown in my sweat or go broke!

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