Introduction: How to Make an LED Reading Light

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How to make a simple but useful LED reading light using parts found around the home.

Step 1: Parts and Tools

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-3 white LEDs
-3 volt battery pack
-printed circuit board
-stranded wire
-switch (see picture)
-electrical box
-matching switch plate


-hot glue gun
-soldering iron
-flat head screwdriver
-wire cutters
-3/16 inch drill bit

Step 2: The Schematic

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Wire all the LEDs in parallel and the switch and battery in series.  Solder wires onto the leads of the LEDs than make slanted holes on the side of the electrical box.  Stick the LEDs through these holes and secure them with hot glue.  bend the leads down to make room for the switch. 

Step 3: The Finished Product

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