Introduction: Cheap Effective Theatre Lighting for Your Home

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Ever wanted to set up a basic theatre space at home for those selected people who you'd want to exhibit your show to or even set up your own photography studio but can't invest in highly expensive lighting or the controllers?
I was stuck in a similar situation and ended up making this with available lighting and scrap at home.


For the dimmer control:
1x extension box of 5x7
1x dimmer regulators 1000W
4x dimmer regulators 200W (ceiling fan regulators)
1x indicator
4x plug points 6A female
1x plug point 16A male
3 in 1 cable

For the each light:
1x empty steel can (4" diameter minimum)
1x metal strip
2x 5mm nut-bolt-washer

To build:
Wire cutter
Power drill
Screw driver
Electric tape
Safety glasses
Safety gloves

Step 1: Making the Dimmer.

A simple method.

I won't show you the inside of it to preserve its dignity, but rather the front that really matters.

Remove all the Switches and sockets from the Electric extension box and replace/ realign the plug sockets together. Connect the 200W dimmers in the manner shown in the sketch, with each dimmer connecting to each plug point above it. Align the master dimmer at the start of the circuit with the indicator.

Connect a triple cable wire to the positive, negative and earth ends. Remember the colours!!! It is best to have Red for live, Black/Blue for neutral and Green for earthing.

Step 2: Fixing the Plug

Refer the image to work out the wiring. You may also attach a fuse in case you fear an excess surcharge can burn the dimmers.

Step 3: Making the Lights

Take empty metal cans like this one. I had plenty lying at home so I use them in various projects.

Incase you have had a tough experience consuming it, you may also choose to buff the colour and the name off...just like I did.

At the base of the can, drill a hole wide enough to accommodate the bulb holder.

Clamp and fix the bulb holder in place.

Step 4: Finishing the Lights

Take a metal strip.

Measure the diameter of the can and mark it on the strip.

Using "proper" tools, bend the edges until it comes to a proper right angle. Drill holes at the ends as well on the side of the can and screw them together.

Connect the electrical cable to the bulb holder.

Step 5: The Finale

You now have a working set of indoor theatre lights that you can use for photography, lighting and stage theatre.

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