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Saw a pix online.. so this was not my idea, but one of the GREAT modelers out there in the world.. If you see this BRAVO! as there was no link and I do not know who you are! But saw your picture!

Available are strands of led tape of 5 meter lengths that are dead cheap! run off 12 volts DC. self stick backing..
The picture when I first looked at it looked like a sheet of glass with an arc cut out and the whole workbench lit up! I realized that he had taken wire molding the plastic kind with a 1/2" channel and bent it into an arc and place the led strip inside the channel over his work surface. I said, "BRILLIANT!" and found a roll of LED Pure White 300MD Flexible Strip Lights 16.4 feet on Amazon for 7$ I bought a roll!!!

As the closest town has nothing ( I checked) I ended up using some adjustable shelf standards for glass shelving, that I had as spare stock. It was 1/4" deep and 5/8" wide and I was able to bend the arc using a 3' cable spool. Bent two of them and cut up some blocks to join them together and use fine wire to suspend them from the ceiling and hover just over the work surface area! Here are some pix...

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NO MORE SHADOWS while cutting out parts!!!! It illuminates the WHOLE surface..and the arc cancels out the shadow from the opposite sides!!! (Pix was actually taken during the day)!

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and it is not to bright to BLIND you on the surface like a led lamp tends to do.. Nice even illumination for 7 bucks!!! of course I had everything else.. power supply and something to create the arc is going to add to the cost.. BUT way cheaper than any store bought lamp and WAY BETTER at LIGHTING!!!
 

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That is a really great idea!! Thanks!! :)
 

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I've seen this before. Great idea! But, as I do my modelling on the dining room table, it would be a little obtrusive. ..... Where to put it when I am not modelling. .....
 

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My wife filled my enclosed porch, in which I put a new Bay windows, insulated, new ceiling and floor, it was only 8' x 17', with the outside Summer fish tanks, so our Goldfish would have a warm place, and brought all of her plans inside. I can't do diddly in there. I scored a couple of Dentists Lamps, and wanted to try those, I think they will be going over my Lather and Miller. I do like the strips though. I may use them for ambient light in my motorhome. :)
 

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Have already seen this a few times, even from seperate sources, so this got to mean it is a really good solution!

Built something similar last year, it's a long lamp with two neutral white LED strips inside. The lamp is adjustable with 6 joints in total, so you can place it nearly everywhere you want. I soldered the LED strip to a switch and then to an USB cable. This way, you can plug it into a USB-port on your PC our use a powerbank from a smartphone to fuel it for a few hours on one charge.

I'm building a second one right now for a friend and started documenting the process and the parts a little better, so there might be some sort of tutorial for this in the future.

Here are some pictures (images hotlinked until picture uploading is available again):





I can just advise everyone who has problems with lighting on their workspace to look into LED strips. So cheap, so easy to solder/build and light quality is awesome!
 
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Have already seen this a few times, even from seperate sources, so this got to mean it is a really good solution!

Built something a little more versatile last year, it's a long lamp with two neutral white LED strips inside. The lamp is adjustable with 6 joints in total, so you can place it nearly everywhere you want. I soldered the LED strip to a switch and then to an USB cable. This way, you can plug it into a USB-port on your PC our use a powerbank from a smartphone to fuel it for a few hours on one charge.

I'm building a second one right now for a friend and started documenting the process and the parts a little better, so there might be some sort of tutorial for this in the future.

Here are some pictures (images hotlinked until picture uploading is available again):





I can just advise everyone who has problems with lighting on their workspace to look into LED strips. So cheap, so easy to solder/build and light quality is awesome!
I really like this idea. I like that it is adjustable and it can fold-up and stow away when not in use.
 

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I would make sure that it is not too white, as that strains my eyes, anyways. It is a great option. I could see a nice ring or strip hanging chandelier setup working and being completely out of the way. :)
 

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Have already seen this a few times, even from seperate sources, so this got to mean it is a really good solution!

Built something similar last year, it's a long lamp with two neutral white LED strips inside. The lamp is adjustable with 6 joints in total, so you can place it nearly everywhere you want. I soldered the LED strip to a switch and then to an USB cable. This way, you can plug it into a USB-port on your PC our use a powerbank from a smartphone to fuel it for a few hours on one charge.

I'm building a second one right now for a friend and started documenting the process and the parts a little better, so there might be some sort of tutorial for this in the future.

Here are some pictures (images hotlinked until picture uploading is available again):


I can just advise everyone who has problems with lighting on their workspace to look into LED strips. So cheap, so easy to solder/build and light quality is awesome!
Very nice and professional looking. You could sell these easily! ;)
 
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I really like this idea. I like that it is adjustable and it can fold-up and stow away when not in use.
That was one of my main goals, my design makes the arms fold into each other, so the total height of it (when closed) is around 7 cm. When I'm working with large sheets of bookbinders board (like 70 x 100 cm) on my relatively small desk, I fold the lamp and put it under the desk. There have just been too many "oh #!*&"-moments when handling large sheets that I prepare myself now :cool:


I would make sure that it is not too white, as that strains my eyes, anyways. It is a great option. I could see a nice ring or strip hanging chandelier setup working and being completely out of the way. :)
Actually, my goal is to have the setup that @Gandolf50 has build (but there has been this familiar voice in the back of my head telling me "You can't build this large arc all over our shared office room darling!" :sadno:, so I had to improvise). In my case, I have tested the light intensity with my strips before finalizing the lamp, but with the "arc design", you could even hook up something like a potentiometer to regulate the voltage and therefor the brightness depending on wether you are working at night or day. That's why I'm so into the whole LED-strips thing, because it's easy to build even for unexperienced people like me, and at the same time very versatile to different needs and situations.


I would buy one!!! thumbsupthumbsup
Yeah, that's why I'm building a second one right now, because a friend who is a teacher was complaining about his miserable lighting situation when correcting test papers. Sadly, the materials costs alone sum up to around 35 €, and cutting the very sturdy black bookbinders board is killing both my hand and the cutting blades. In a perfect world, one would use a laser cutter for the parts, or even turn to wood as material. But I'm lacking the funds for a laser cutter and don't have access to a space suitable for woodworking, so this is the compromise.

The design itself still has some flaws that I'm working on right now, hopefully I can post something like a build thread if anyone is interested in it.
 

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We used to have those paper cutters, the large flat steel table with that super sharp sturdy blade attached. You could lob a hand off with one of those. You could probably find one of those used rather cheaply. That would make piece meal of any cardboard, and they are easy to sharpen with a file. I've seen Guillotine Paper Cutters for around $30 dollars, that will cut A4 size paper. Some more, some less. :)

You have to make sure the LED strips could be controlled with a Potentiometer. Some can't without some circuitry involved. The forward current used to be a minimum of 11.3 Volts, but it's really the milli-amps that turn it on. Their are online calculators,, and you have to decide if you are going series, or parallel, or series-parallel. Ohm's Law will get you what you need, the spec of the lighting strips (how much they draw, etc.) will provide the rest. Voltage remains the same in parallel, and drops in series. :)
 
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I've seen this before. Great idea! But, as I do my modelling on the dining room table, it would be a little obtrusive. ..... Where to put it when I am not modelling. .....
;)add pulleys and pull it up to the ceiling..It will work from a dimmer switch so those romantic dinners are not going to be disturbed! ;):)
 

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It will also work from a battery and solar panel for those getting off the grid... whole bunch of light for only initial investment which pays for itself after the first few months!
 

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As battery power progresses, off the grid, or assisted off the grid, to lower that monthly bill will not only become feasible, but a "no Brainer". I've converted my motorhome to all LED, when completely off the grid, the Deep Cycle battery lasts long enough that I do not sense any loss of power after quite a few days. The Water pump draws the most power, but that it intermittent. The stove and furnace are propane. :)