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.
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!
One reply on “DIY Workbench LED lighting”
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!