I like to work on stuff in my living room, because that's where all the comfortable furniture and the good music system is. Unfortunately there's not a ton of light. I tried a task light but it got uncomfortably warm and cast harsh shadows. I tried the head mounted lamps like the cool DJ's wear, but I didn't like where I had to hold my head to see my work.
So I made these. They'll give you light right where you hands are, wherever you move them. Wearing one on both arms makes sure there's always enough light on everything, and they're pretty light and comfy. I've worn them for hours without noticing. And the little arms are adjustable so you can tweak where the light goes. Just be careful scratching your nose, they're bright enough they'll hurt if you look into them at close range.
I've been using them for carving and working on electronics. But I think it would be cool to make a couple with UV LEDs and break out the blacklight paint for DJing.
These instructions are for making one, but you'll probably want two.
Time: Less than an hour
Skills needed: Basic soldering, hot gluing, wire stripping etc.
Total cost: About $8-12, including the batteries.
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- 1 Battery holder for 3 AAA batteries.
- 3 AAA batteries.
- 1 mini toggle switch. (SPST. Skip this if your battery holder has a switch, or you just want to turn it off by taking the batteries out.)
- 18 inches of 2 conductor stranded wire. 20 gauge or so.
- 18 inches of Velcro. Hook or loop.
- 1 inch of Velcro (the mate of the Velcro above)
- 3 White LEDs: (I used 3, 7000mcd 3.5v, 25mA LEDs, though fewer, brighter LEDs would work too.)
- 3 resistors, 47 ohm. (Or whatever your LEDs need. Check here.)
- 18 inches of 9 or 11 1/2 gauge aluminum wire. AKA armature wire.
- Hot glue
- Electrical tape/heat shrink tubing.
- Soldering iron.
- Hot glue gun.
- Wire cutter/strippers.