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DIY Portable Ring Light

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I started with the plastic top from some blank CDs

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Divide the surface into quadrants. I used a lens hood that came with my lens to trace out the hole for the lens. Put about 10 LEDs per quadrant

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Drill out the holes and cut out the middle

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Paint it. Make sure you use a spray paint that works with a soft plastic

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Drying

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LEDs in all the holes

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All the LEDs need to be soldered in parallel and not sequence. Working with a 9 volt battery i split the LEDs into groups of 3. Take the positive and negatives from all the groups and solder them togeather.

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Should look something like this

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Added a push button to turn it on/off

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Battery clip

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The hood from my lens is just epoxy'd into the center. Also added an inch of a chopstick with epoxy to the right side for stability when pressing the button

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The final product was a little too bright so i added a potentiometer to adjust brightness

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All done

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Did you put any resistors in to prevent the LEDs from being burned out by the 9V? If so, what value, how many, and where?

Thanks for the write up, looks awesome!
agis683 years ago
excellent!!!
zieak3 years ago
Cool use of an old cd spindle cover!
NikonDork3 years ago
Any shots with this in the dark or sample images to see how much light this thing throws off?
chrismillar (author)  NikonDork3 years ago
put a few test shots up. Step 17
chrismillar (author)  NikonDork3 years ago
i'll throw a few up tonight or tomorrow ;)
chrismillar (author) 3 years ago
Test shots. Works great in light, a bit too bright at night time though if your eyes are adjusted to the dark. Haven't messed around too much with the dimmer at night time but its a must.
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