Introduction: Cheap LED Lighting Tube

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This is my first instructable! And hope you like it.

It's about a cheap indoor LED lighting tube. That you can hang on only 2 screws or fasten it with cable ties to something.

use it above my workbench and in my tent (for camping). Its cheap,light and easy to make.

Step 1: Step 1: Materials

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  • 1 x 5m LED-Strip (Get it on Banggood)
  • 1 x Solderless Female Barrel Power Connector (Get it on Banggood)
  • 1 x Electrical tube (19mm / 3/4") (hardware store)
  • 2 x Screw hook (hardware store)
  • 12 x cable ties (hardware store)
  • 1 x 12V / > 2 ampère adapter (from a old router or modem) Led strip uses 24W / 12V = 2A
  • Solder Flux pen
  • Universeel soldeer
  • Drill (bore +/-2mm)
  • Soldering iron
  • some electrical tape
  • some isolated wire


NOT waterproof (ip65), only for indoor use!

Step 2: Step 2: the Tube

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Take a electrical tube

Ø19mm about 1000 mm in length

Drill two holes +/- 2mm on each side

Step 3: Step 3: Cut Cut Cut

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Cut the led strip in 5 pieces (5x1000mm)

Cut only on a scissor symbol! (from one scissor symbol to another is 50mm)

Place the strips next to each other (place all the + symbol on the same side)

Cut the first 50 mm of the first strip (where there are three copper contacts)

Step 4: Step 4: Solder

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Solder the strips with some wire together

Step 5: Step 5: ..... on the Tube

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Peel of the back of the LED strips en put them one by one on the tube. Do not cover the holes you made!

Step 6: Step 6: Connect to Female Power Connector

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Slide the LED strip into the connector en close it until it clicks. There are + and - symbols on the top of the "clip" so you know how to put it in.

Step 7: Step 7: Secure

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Use the cable ties to secure the led strip (every 10cm i used one and two to secure the power connector)

Step 8: Step 8: Put in the Screw Hooks...

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Put the two screw hooks in the holes and apply some tape over the solders.

Step 9: Step 9: Give It POWER

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Connect the poweradapter and..... there will be light.

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Mickleblade (author)2017-04-26

a great instuctable, 9 months on, is it still working ok?

Jimichan (author)2016-07-28

I have gotten some bad connections from the solderless connectors I've tried.

I think it's better just to solder them and be done with it.

JohnW51 (author)2016-07-25

It appears from the photos that the "electrical tube" is conduit. There are two types of electrical conduit: steel and plastic. It appears from the photos that Neil used plastic. If you use steel, make very sure that none of the electrical contacts touch the conduit. It is steel, which is a very good conductor of electricity.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-07-23

Nice lighting solution.

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