This is an article describing the process I used to build a couple of wooden LED bunk lights for my friend's houseboat. I designed these myself. I also built and installed them without assistance, so it's an easy project. You will also see photos and video of a black-stained, RGB LED Bunk Light I built for my son's bunk bed at home. This is truly a versatile project.
The "Small LED Bunk Light" is designed to run off of a 12V battery, but you may use any 12V DC source that can handle the power requirement. The battery I use is a standard marine deep cycle 12V battery that I have set aside strictly for the purpose of running this light. It is recharged daily by a small solar charger.
Depending on the type of LED strips you use, this unit will consume only 2 to <7 Watts of power. This light also produces significantly more lumens per Watt than the previous bulbs and fixtures that were installed. Additionally, the "run-time" from the battery is longer and the lighting is visually more pleasing. This has been my experience, yours will vary based on your build & parts list.
—►WHY ARE THESE LIGHTS SO AWESOME? I spent only $5 building each one!
- These lights are very tough, maintenance-free, inexpensive, and can be made from scrap material - mostly.
- The build requires a minimum of tools and parts to complete.
- You get to choose which color LED's you want to use.
- You can also vary the design of the fixture.
- You get to make it any size you want and paint it any color you like.
- Best of all, you can make this with a family member or friend.
►DESIGN & BUILD NOTES:
With an A/C adapter as power, I have some of these working well on my son’s bunk bed at home. Two long versions of these lights (with no installed power switch) are also being used as landscape lighting along the fence in my yard where I park my car at night. Their power source is a simple ATX Power Supply located indoors. You can also scavenge sufficiently decent power supplies from set-top entertainment equipment, corporate networking equipment, mini-pc's..etc.
►WHAT WAS MY NEED FOR THIS LIGHTING?