DIY Icelight for Photography Save ~$400

Introduction: DIY Icelight for Photography Save ~$400

Here is my first ever 'ible, so please be gentle. I shoot a lot of nighttime photographs and work a lot with light-painting. I have been looking at the westcott icelight for some time now but can't justify the £499 price-tag. Although my build isn't as pretty as the icelight it i a proof of concept and i'm planning on re-building it when i have a little more funds.

The total build cost was approx £30 but it could be done cheaper with a bit of hunting on popular online auction websites.

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Step 1: Parts Needed

So for this i am using the following:

5m flexible RGB LED tape with remote control
Poster shipping tube
Silver wrapping paper
Double sided tape
White baking parchment

Step 2: Prep the Pipe

You will need to draw 2 lines down the whole of the tube and mark off enough for a handle and a little bit at the top. I didn't have a ruler so you can use the crease in a door frame instead

Step 3: Get Cutting

Depending on what tube you use you can use a knife but i ended up using my dremmel with a cutting disk. Be careful as it could start smoking :-S

Step 4: Lining and LEDs

I then lined the tube with silver wrapping paper and stuck the LED tape inside the tube

Step 5: Final Touches

I then covered the whole with baking parchment and take to hold it in place. I had to make sure the ir receiver is poking out.

Step 6: Enjoy

The last step is to simply enjoy.

Step 7: Mark II

So i'm already planning version 2 of this stick and know what i will do differently.

1. I'll use either aluminium tubing or black PVC pipe
2. I will use frosted plastic for the window
3. I'll offset the LEDs to give a more even spread with the thinner diffuser
4. Purchase proper battery source
5 hardwire in a physical switch and that way i don't have to keep using the remote.

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    2 Discussions

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    pcjetgenius
    pcjetgenius

    5 years ago

    this is pretty cool, im gonna try it!

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    geoffpalmeruk
    geoffpalmeruk

    5 years ago

    Hi there, sorry, i wasnt aware of that. I've updated it