$8.00 LED Shop Light




Introduction: $8.00 LED Shop Light

About: Hi y'all. I'm Leviathan17. For more info on Leviathan ,look up Job 41:18-21. I am a Christian, but don't be scared cause I do have a lot of good ideas. I love listening to the wisdom of the older generations...

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!



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    I found this to be a better way to solder wires to strips


    Ya the lights are cheap, I like your kiss approach. I picked up some hardware for doing a kitchen L/E.D.installation and it got me thinking of added more lights in my workshop and replacing some florescence lights.

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    yes I know right! I've been replacing everything with LEDs.

    we replaced our whole house with LED lights about a year ago, our power bill went down almost 50%, and good lord i can see everything.

    Have you used a light meter to measure exactly how bright these are?

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    No ,but on another one of my projects( LED horse stall light) I measured it and got about 950 lux. I think these have a similar output.

    Nice work! Now, how about some LED enhancements for the Festiva??

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    YES!!! Definitely a good idea. But I have to finish the tractor I'm working on first. Thats why I needed the lights in the first place. Good eye though,not many people notice little gems like that.

    How can I wire these lights to an existing light socket in my garage?

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    that's easy. Take and put a socket adapter like this one in your light socket and plug your power supply into it. I've used this on other barns and it works great. Hope thus helps.


    You could use one of these socket to plug converters (about $4): https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001F71O70/ref=mp_s_a_1_5

    Then plug your power supply into it and run your led strips from that. With the design shown here, you could place the power supply on top of the mounting boards.

    Hope this helps.

    thats a great idea, how many strands did it take to light up your whole shop?

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    Well I put four lights up and each light had one strand on it. So about 4. im going to add more as soon as I get another power supply.

    spray painting it white is better then aluminum flashing. easier, increases luminescence like the aluminum, but with much less glare. Led's haven't heat to melt a snow flake,

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    Amazon was actually cheaper for LEDMO SMD5630 daylight strips. I may also use one of my pile of not-good-for-computers-but-still-make-plenty-of-12V computer power supplies for this.

    Did you think about putting aluminum flashing behind them for both better light reflection and heat sinking?

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    Thank you for your tips! The computer power supplies work much better and are more dependable. I'm just waiting to get my hands on one!
    Yes, reflective backing is a good idea. I will have to add that to my next ones.

    what is the exact reference of your led strip ? what kind of led chips smd ####? thanks