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Bespoke minimal ceiling light fitting.

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I like the minimal interior design style. I don't like how much it costs!  So I set about building a long sleek ceiling light, which started life as a piece of skirting board. I wanted it to have 4 halogen down lighters and also some cool blue LEDs integrated into it to make it look cool. I also wanted it back lit, throwing pools of indirect light out onto the ceiling. All of these lights are able to be switched on/ off separate to each other.
I haven't gone into intricate detail in this instructable in terms of materials or specific ways of doing things as there's no set way that things have to be done. Be creative, that's what it's all about!

 
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So first of all, the body of the light itself. This is just a strip of skirting board I had used in another project previously. This is 240cm long. I spaced out and marked  4 holes for the halogen light bulb holders. The light bulbs are 240v 50w GU10 fitting bulbs. Very cheap and cheerful, although all 4 use quite a lot of power for a light and kick out a fair bit of heat. There's no reason why you couldn't use LED GU10's. You can get these with each bulb containing a tiny step-down transformer meaning you can plug them straight into a 240v GU10 fitting without having to buy bulky 12v power transformers.
Awesome project! If you could make it sound activated with a tip31, your room will look even cooler!
are u sure it can happen ? m thinking of doing this bt i don't have a strong knowledge of eletronics... do u think the signal from ur cell or mp3 ll b enough 2 power up so many leds ? or should i be using a audio amplifier circuit ?
At the time I commented, I didn't knew much about tip31. Most of the times the signal from mp3 or cell phone isnt strong enough. Im still don't know much about them but what I do know is that tip31 circuit doesnt work for AC current source so for this project, it wouldnt work. However, if you have a big stereo CD player, hook a 12V LED to the speakers and you will see them turn on synced to the music. Im not sure if an audio amplifier circuit would work, I have never tried it
tobychan (author) 2 years ago
I was experimenting with a sort of water- ripply effect coming out from behind somehow, but 240v + water = fail!
Petar922 years ago
Great project!! :)
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