Introduction: Ceiling Light With Pattern

About: Founder maker space 'maakplek' Groningen, The Netherlands. Like to visit Maker Faires and travel.

A cool ceiling lamp with a nice pattern!

Materials needed

  • (square) wood 'laths'(?)
  • wood for box frame
  • LED strip, with or without color
  • tracing paper or something sturdier
  • mounting bracket
  • saw
  • staple gun (optional)
  • wood glue
  • hot glue
  • white paper/paint

Mistakes made (way too many):

  • used only wood glue for the small connecting bits at first, a staple was needed
  • the frame was too shallow, so you'd see all the individual LEDs, so had to re-do
  • used wrong wood for frame, small bits of wood are a hassle to useused bend wood, so nothing is really straight
  • used color LEDs (I'm not convinced, I'll use just plain white LEDs next time)
  • made custom mounting brackets from bendable aluminium, which was way more effort than it was worth (just couldn't come up with a better way at that time)
  • tracing paper glued on on an angle so it wouldn't cover the whole thing (1st try), ripped tracing paper (2nd try)
  • burned fingers when squeezing tracing paper on hot glue

Step 1: Create the Cover With Pattern

I bought a bunch of square wooden bits at the local Bauhaus and just started cutting them up. A had no design in mind, this just happend.

Tip: use quick setting wood glue + a staple in the back so you can quickly get this done

Tip2: those corner clampy things didn't help as much as a staple in my case

Step 2: Glue Tracing Paper to Cover

To make the light nice and matte, use something like tracing paper or a matte piece of plastic.

Tip: this was the hardest part of the lamp, so fiddly and breakable. Take your time or choose a better material :)

Step 3: Build a Frame

Build a frame to put the leds in.

The back; I didn't have a big piece of multiplex, so I had to make do with some leftover bits.

The sides; I tried to build a shallow frame, but that didn't turn out well. So better do it right straight away and build a deep enough frame (8cm/3"?) so you don't see the LEDs all the time :)

Step 4: Mount It & Enjoy!

When it's all glued together, use some mounting things of your choice and mount it :)

I went the 'way to complicated' route and made custom brackets with bendable aluminium, drilling holes, screwing into plugs and all. Too much trouble.