DIY Led Video Light




Introduction: DIY Led Video Light

Looking for a cheaper portable LED light for on location filming or photography well this is the $20 light. First you will need the items in the photo below. The poster board was $2.50 the wire was like $6.00 and the LED light strip was like $8.00 on amazon free shipping. Now I had all the tools if you have to buy the tools then this cost you a little more but not much. If you do have to buy the tools and battery holder then it might cost around $35.00

Step 1: Poster Board

Decide what size you want your light to be and mark the poster board with your favorite marking tool. I am going to base this off the size I made my light so I made my board 14"x 11-1/2" . Then cut out the poster board with a razor knife be careful not to cut your self. After you have the board cut out measure 1" make a line parallel with the 14" side then space you lines 5/8" apart. The draw lines parallel with the 12" side 1" inch from that side on both sides. These lines are to keep the LED strip lights straight.

Step 2: Cut LED Strips

The LED strip lights have cut marks on them with a picture of a pair of scissors be careful to cut as center of that mark as you can cause it will determine how much area you have to solder too. So cut the strips at 12". With the roll of lights I purchased I got 16 strips.

Step 3: Trim the Gel Off

The LED strip I have are water proof so thy have a gel cover you have to get this off the term points to solider. I used a razor blade to cut into it but not all the way just go about half way then peel it off this can be a little cumbersome but it doesn't take long.

Step 4: Glue the Strips

Next you need a hot glue gun I started with the first line and ran the flu just under the line. Then peel the off the paper from the back of the lights strip and put the strip on the glue pres down evenly as you move down the strip keeping it lined up with the line. And do this for all the strips until you are done. Keep in mined the glue can be very hot and try to put a then line of glue also try not to get the glue on the front of the led strips it seems like the rubbery stuff on top of the lights is the same stuff that the glue is made of so the glue can melt it.

Step 5: Cut the Wires

With your wire cutters cut little strips of wire about 1-1/2" long your gonna need like 32 of them then strip the end about 1/4" off each end. Then get your solider gun heated up and tin all the ends of the wires with solider. Next tin all the ends of the light strips with solider.

Step 6: Solider the Wires to the Strips

So now you need to solider the wires to the lights. I wire my lights in series all the way through I tried doing half and half in series then in parallel to see if the lights got brighter but it did make a difference so I went in series. I drew a picture so you can get the idea if your not sure what series means. At one end you will need two long wires for battery hook up you can put what ever type of connector you want I don't have one on at the time but I plan on putting a connector that will plug into a rc lipo battery

Step 7: Power It Up

Turn on the light. I also made a red one.



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    13 Discussions

    what LIPO battery are you using? and did you need an LED driver to reduce the power?

    About 3amps

    you can give the Leds about 14-16 volts... might want to use hot glue to secure them


    Amazing. I had the same idea, with a different application using RGB LEDs. Never thought of doing this though! Great job

    Yes I forgot to put that. The LED strips run on 12vdc. If the power supply puts out dc then it should work. As for the load I haven't tested it but I think the LEDs at 12v pull around 10ma. There are 288 LEDs x .010 = 2.88A I think that should be in the ball park

    Here is a source for the LEDs. But I have a question regarding supplying power to the LEDs. I presume the LEDs run off 12v DC power. I have several old 120v AC to 12v DC power supplys that were used to operate various small electrial items (timers, clock, radio, laptop, etc.) Could one of them be used to power this device? How do I calculate how many lights could be run off one of these power supplies?

    I guess that didn't work. I got the lights at amazon for like 7.95 free shipping just do a search for led strip lights and you get a lot of choices.