Spiderweb Book Light

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Introduction: Spiderweb Book Light

the spiderweb book light is a new type of booklight that only centers light on the book and almost nowhere else, it also creates even lighting throughout the whole page






PS: this is my first instructable
umm so yeah im kinda new to this stuff
i don't care if u criticize it and whatnot but please be nice

Step 1:

Materials:
Blue or white LED's or u can get any color, be creative
Resistors - don't burn the poor LED's
Plexiglass - I love this stuff
Plexiglass cutter - Must need to cut plexiglass well unless your using a saw, that works too
2-6 hours - matters on how nice u want it to look and ur skills
Reflective tape - more than doubles the brightness of the book
Battery Clip
Solder and soldering iron
an old but nice looking folder - not a must need, but it makes it look 10 times nicer
knife
Switch
Someone that will listen to u constantly saying "LOOKY MOMMY! LOOK AT WHAT I MADE! ISN'T AWESOME? HUH MOMMY? IS IT?"
...yes i actually said most of that to my mom
but hey! give me a break I'm still too young to drive and i don't have my own house

Step 2:

first cut your plexiglass
wear gloves
i got a nasty cut from a shard of plexiglass refusing to break
but the sharper ur blade is and more times u deepen your cut into the plexiglass the less likely it is to cut you

Step 3:

drill holes big enough for LED's to fit in them
for this mini booklight i only used 2 white LED's
but u can use more

Step 4:

cover the sides with reflective tape
PS:
you'll probably have to cut the reflective tape into smaller strips

Step 5:

solder your LED's, battery clips, resistors, and switch together

Step 6:

make a sleek cover/handle from the folder and turn it on!
now pat yourself on the back and go show your success to your mommy

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    Adding info on how you used the folder/binder would help a bit i really think im gonna make a few of these great idea

    What measurements did you useon the larger one?

     u know u could use a dremel to cut the plexiglass it would be a lot easier and time saving..just a thought

    where did you get the Plexiglass from 'please reply back'

    Homedepot or lowes in the glass section

    This is a great one! I think I might make some for people in the office. But I have some (silly) questions. How did you get the battery to fit with the folder? And what kind of folder was it? Thanks bro.

    um i used folders made of thick cardstock chipboard works well too but u might want to add a coat of paint to make it looks nice

    I just made one, it works really well, thanks!

    Personality, intelligence and usefulness; and the book light is very cool too!

    This is a clever idea. It seems like a soft protective cover to prevent scratches would be a good idea. I could see carrying something like this in a small traveling bag or attache' case and then using it as a writing board in airports. What kind of reflective tape did you use and where do you get it?