I do a lot of amateur photography with my friends and family, and I have wanted actual photography lights for some time, but the price is asinine. So I checked out this site, and saw a couple of ideas that caught my eye. Yes, there is an instructable that I almost copied. But it was the best one, and the cheapest. I made a few alterations as needed. More will follow as I complete the mounting bracket for the tripod.
1 x Plastic tub of desired size (with lid)
2 x Light sockets
2 x Light bulbs of desired strength (The ones shown are diffused 60w bulbs)
1 x Power cord (an off off switch if you have one available. My next build will include one)
1 x Piece of white cloth to diffuse the glare from the light bulbs
1 x Glue gun
1 x Exacto knife/razor blade
1 x Soldering Iron
1 x Roll of aluminum foil
1 x Bottle of glue (I chose my kids white glue for school as it dries slowly)
Total cost: Less than $10 if you have most of the items kicking around your house.
Step 1: Gathering the parts
I decided that keeping it simple was the best idea. So I grabbed two lights in my garage that were taking up space. I cut out the actual light socket and a length of wire. I simply exposed the wires and connected them to the power cord. Of course paying close attention to negative and positive.
Step 2: The chasis
My lovely wife is a collector of all things plastic and tupperware, so I had no shortage of containers to choose from. I chose a deep one (versus the shallow one that gave me the inspiration) because of the heat given off by the light bulbs. With the tub chosen, I figured out where I wanted the lights to be, drew the holes and cut them. Well, not technically cut... I used a soldering iron to belt the holes. Not entirely the most professional method, but very effective.