How to Make a Super-bright LED Light Panel (for Video Work Etc)





Introduction: How to Make a Super-bright LED Light Panel (for Video Work Etc)

Here's how to make a super-bright LED light panel. It's equivalent to a

1000w incandescent light bulb, and it's super useful for video work as it has a daylight colour temperature and doesn't use PWM for dimming. There are 900 individual LEDs in this panel, which is why it's so bright.

Here's a list of parts:

3x 5m 'natural white' 5050 LED strips: (reliable seller)

step-down voltage regulator:

a sheet of 6mm MDF

a sheet of 18mm MDF

a camera shoe extension

2x aluminium tubes or wooden dowels

a 22k potentiometer and knob

a switch

magnet wire

6.8k resistor

a set of TX connectors

small & medium wood screws

a sheet of plexiglass.

12 awg wire

a small fan

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Hi! Great detailed video! Ive been working on building one with minot modifications and it has been fun along the way. I have 2 questions:

1. I split you board into 2 separate boards yet with exactly the same circuitry etc. When i connected the fan directly, without the resistors, it worked. However, when i soldered the resistors (6.8k) in series. The whole circuit stopped working. (Fan is 5v, im using a direct 12v power jack). I also noticed that once fan is running, the most the lights go up to is about 9v.

2. Even though I controlled the output voltage to a max 12v in the regulator, i noticed that if I increase the potentiometer to its max (fan still running without resistors), the circuit shuts down and turns back on and off in a pattern. The lights flash in a pattern. Would you know what would be the issue? Everything in my circuit is identical to yours except its with a 12v power source.
Thanks for your help!

Very nice explanation and demonstration.

If I remember correctly though you need to be careful when buying the LED strips as not all of them are compatible with voltage regulation.

I've heard of that too, Why wouldn't they?

Been a while and I forgot the specifics as I haven't looked into it for months.
I think it was because they were controlled by PWM (pulse width modulation) rather than voltage.

Adafruit has a short description of how to use LED strips with PWM.

Browsing a bit, there are constant current LED strips which have a "dedicated on-board electronic driver circuitry with current and voltage regulation ensures that each LED receives the correct amount of voltage and current so that the LEDs do not over heat and each are illuminated to the same intensity".

So you can regulate the voltage all you want there, either it'll be on or off.

But an explanation by a more informed user would be welcome as I might be wrong with my explanations here.

12 VDC light strips are compatable with voltage control as long as you do not exceed 12V.

I'm commenting my question here because I don't have a YouTube channel:

How doesn't it heat up and shorten the life of the LED's, It's closed and there is no heat-sink...

Hi, I'd like to make this but I can't figure out what voltage regulator you used, the link in the description is broken. Thanks.

What's the model of the step-down voltage regulator? The link in the description is incomplete, or am I missing something? Can you use other models as well? Which ones are the best for this type of build? Thank to you and the community in advance for the info. A complete amatheur here!