Introduction: $8.00 LED Shop Light
Light up your barn or garage with these inexpensive shop lights.
Step 1: What You Need.
1. Plywood (I use a piece that is roughly 1 foot wide by 3 feet long)
2. One roll of LEDs ( one roll costs an average of $8.00 on eBay. The rolls I used were approximately 16.5 ft long.
3. 12 volt 70 watt power supply .Mine could only handle 4 lights. you might need a stronger one.
4.A soldering iron
5. A good Swiss Army Knife comes in handy.
Step 2: Apply LEDs
Apply you LED strips along the board at the desired length. With the size I had I could put 7 strips along it. Space them out evenly.
Note: I used the original adhesive backing on the strips. Some boards it stayed on. Others it started to peel. You could use a good double sided tape but that would drive you costs up. I took a carefully stapled them on. Just make sure you don't cross the electrodes.
Step 3: Solder
Solder small dabs of solder on and then wire the strips in parallel. This is a fairly simple process.
Note: Keep your Polarity strait!
Step 4: Install
I screwed mine into the bottom of the trusses with wood screws.
Step 5: All Done!
You can see by the before and after pictures that the light made quite a difference. I only have 4 operating at the moment but I plan on adding more. The four I have only cost me $32.00(@ $8.00 a piece) If I had bought the $20.00 ones from a local store it would have cost me $80.00!!!!!
I think that's what they call a no-brainer!
Thanks for checking this out!
I hope it helps you save money!
If you need any help let me know!
Questions, comments, complaints, advise let me know!
Participated in the
Lights Contest 2017