LED-light for Drill Press

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Intro: LED-light for Drill Press

I've had problems working with my drill press because of the shadows casted by my ceiling lighting. Obviously my tool shed / man cave isn't well lit. I decided to build a LED lamp attached to my drill press.

Step 1: Shopping List

The key item here is the loc-line modular hose. It is rigid but gives great flexibility.

- Loc-line modular hose system the real one: https://bit.ly/2MYcoBa or AliExpress https://bit.ly/2LBqAva

- LED lamp: I used this 12V 1.2W LED https://bit.ly/2wxCKj1 or: https://bit.ly/2POrzLN

- Lamp fitting: https://bit.ly/2NvvA6r

- Power supply: AC to DC 110-220v to 12v https://bit.ly/2okQBpj

- Electrical wire

- Electrical connectors (to your liking)

- mini lamp shade, I made my own: www.thingiverse.com/thing:3074219

Step 2: Assembly

1. Decide where you want your light coming from, probably from the left side as the handles are usually on the right.

2. Drill a hole in the top housing. I used a stepped drill bit as shown in the picture above. Drill a 12mm hole and you will be able to screw in the loc-line connector. I didn't have any 12mm bolts so I used some epoxy putty to fasten it to the housing.

3. Pull the 2 electrical wires through the Loc-line

4. Decide where you will house your power supply. I placed it in the upper housing as shown in the picture.

5. Loosen the on/off switch and open it's housing. You're going to have to "tap" some current (in my case 220V) from there and make sure to isolate the wires and see to it that they don't come in contact with any moving parts. I had to drill a hole from the on/off switch housing to the upper chamber. Run the 220V wires to the power supply.

6. Solder/connect the wires from the Loc-line to the power supply V- / V+ DC side.

7. Solder/connect the "220 V" wires to the input side (AC) of the power supply.

8. Run a short test making sure your output is 12V using a multimeter.

9. Connect the LED fitting to the wires making sure you know which is + (pos) and which - (neg).

10. Glue or epoxy the LED-light fitting to the Loc-line.

11. Make a lamp shade or buy one. I made my own: www.thingiverse.com/thing:3074219

12. Done!

Step 3: End Result

There you go, done!

Let me know if you've made your own and please share some pics.

Cheers!

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KetkA

20 days ago

Una estupenda idea!!! Pablos Casita... me ha gustado tanto esta idea, que como tengo un taladro vertical igual al tuyo, voy a comprar las piezas y me voy a construir esta lámpara auxiliar para la taladradora.

La única diferencia es que yo sí que voy a utilizar lámparas LED de alto brillo, sin transformador, con un reductor de voltaje de CA a CC.

Un cordial saludo desde España.

Ketk Aiball.

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Pablos CasitaKetkA

Reply 20 days ago

Muchas gracias KetkA. Mandame una foto cuando estas listo, ya ?

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KetkAPablos Casita

Reply 19 days ago

Mejor que eso Pablos... tengo un canal en Youtube donde enseño las
cosas que diseño, construyo y también reparo. Busca Ketk Aiball en
Youtube. Podrás suscribirte a mi canal y verlo completo, desde que
consiga las piezas, diseñe mi propio sistema de alumbrado y
alimentación, y lo ponga en marcha.

Recibe un cordial saludo. te espero en mi canal de Youtube.

ketk.

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landonz

20 days ago

If you need the loc-line to be stiffer (possibly after time) Ive heard that using wire coathanger or similarly stiff thin wire can give you the added rigidity and ward off sag (depending on the weight of the light-head).

Good stuff!

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KetkAlandonz

Reply 19 days ago

Mejor que eso Pablos... tengo un canal en Youtube donde enseño las cosas que diseño, construyo y también reparo. Busca Ketk Aiball en Youtube. Podrás suscribirte a mi canal y verlo completo, desde que consiga las piezas, diseñe mi propio sistema de alumbrado y alimentación, y lo ponga en marcha.

Recibe un cordial saludo. te espero en mi canal de Youtube.

ketk.

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pgs070947

19 days ago

I like it

A good bright light helps (and makes more safe) any operation like drilling and soldering - also would make a good microscope illuminator.

I would have to agree that a transformer is not a great way to drive an LED, but it will work.

For LEDs that need constant current, I use specific LED driver chips. Microchip do a 20-mA driver in a TO92 package called a CL20 or similar. They can take any input voltage up to 90-Volts

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Pablos Casitapgs070947

Reply 19 days ago

Thanks! I used a power supply (sse picture). You are right.

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JohnW51

20 days ago

Umm, a transformer will NOT produce a DC voltage (which is what the LED needs). What you have must be a power supply, which takes in the 220V AC and converts it to 12V DC.

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Pablos CasitaJohnW51

Reply 19 days ago

You are absolutely correct. Thanks for the correction. I made some changes to the text.

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cordovox

21 days ago on Step 3

I had similar problem with poor lighting. I used two 12V led lights. one oe each side.

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