Introduction: Custom Mounted Halogen Workbench Lights

I added another bench to my garage and needed more task lighting, so I put halogen puck lights on easy-to-make mounting pads and installed them under a recycled wire shelf above the workbench.

Step 1: Make Mounts for the Pucks.

I used some scrap particle board as mounts for the puck lights. I stacked the mounts together and drilled corner holes, then screwed each puck to a mount.

Step 2: I Used Zip Ties to Mount Each Puck to the Wire Shelf I've Recycled - Anything Wire-ish Would Work Though.

I wanted at least a little uniformity for these lights, so I spaced them evenly and used zip ties to secure them under my wire shelf. Could have used any kind of wire for this, though. I left the zip ties loose until I'd test fitted each light's placement and function... I'm notorious in my own mind for hosing up final fittings so I wanted some room for corrections.

Step 3: Terminate the Power Cords - I Did This Twice for Convenience!

These halogen pucks (mine are by Hampton Lighting, roughly US $20 at Home Depot for a pack of three, US $9 as singles) come with unfinished power cords. You can choose the cord length you like and terminate them yourself. I first fitted plugs at the very end of each supplied length of cord, then tested for function, ran cords where I wanted them and finally snipped & re-terminated each cord to the desired length.

Step 4: Routing and Trimming/neatening the Power Cords -

I planned to put up a pegboard under this shelf so I wanted all my power cords neatly tucked up. I wanted to go relatively cheap on this project, so I conserved zip ties and used the twist ties that were holding my power cord bundles together as cable management.

Step 5: And Done - Switch Installed, All Tested, Cords Trimmed, Neatly Managed and Working.

Here's shots of the switch instructions, wiring it into place, and a final shot of everything trimmed to length and re-terminated, with cords managed and lights on.

Nice to have the task lighting for this new-to-me workbench!

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DIYfan made it! (author)2009-02-05

The use of zip ties is inspired! THANKS for this project.

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