After seeing this similar Instructable, I was inspired to make a self-enclosed version. This project doesn't require any soldering skills and is perfect for a beginner. The book lamp is surprisingly bright and can be used as as (surprise!) a reading light.
I hope you enjoy this Instructable! Thanks!
Step 1: Materials
- A 27 LED Portable Worklight
- A Book That is 1-1/4" Thick (at least)
- An X-acto/Razor Blade
- A Phillips Head Jeweler's Screwdriver
Step 2: Taking Apart the Light
The goal of this step is to make the flashlight as thin as possible. Remove the three screws in the back cover of the light. The back cover should now come off. You'll see four more screws. Remove these as well. The front cover should now come off. If your book is thick enough, you can leave the reflector in. My book wasn't so I had to remove the reflector. Roll up a piece of tape, and stick it as described in picture two.
Step 3: Preparing the Book
Trace the light's outline onto the first page of a book that you are willing to cut up. Add at least 1/4" all the way around the outline. If you don't do this, you'll end up with a hole that is just barely too small, and I know from experience that isn't fun.
Use your x-acto blade to carefully cut out this shape. Don't angle the blade when cutting, or you'll end up with a lop-sided hole. This step is the most time-consuming step, so take your time.
Step 4: Making the Book Lamp
Place your modified lamp inside of the cut out hole and close the book. If your book doesn't close all the way then your book is too thin. If it does close all the way, then you can glue the light in place. Make sure you glue it so that the LEDs are facing the front of the book.
Step 5: Congratulations!
You now have a working battery-powered book lamp! Use it on your bedside table, or display it for guests. Whatever you do with it, have fun!
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