LED Vanity Mirror

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I used Carson Nicely's video https://youtu.be/bWCVy5lk8BY as a reference.

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Step 1: First Start by Taping the Mirror

I taped the mirror off 1.5 inch all around the mirror, you want to make sure you have enough room for the frame.

Step 2: First Step to Sanding the Mirror

I laid the mirror on a towel, make sure you wear a mask and keep it wet so you don't breath the dust in. Some mirrors can contain lead. For the guide on the dremel I used was a top of a pop bottle and I put a hole through the lid and screwed the nut back on. when sanding I used a cup of water and a towel so I could put water on it and wipe it down. I sanded close to the tape but not on it.

Step 3: Second Step to Sanding the Mirror

I lightly clamped down a metal ruler and put it on the edge of the tape to get a remove the final bit of coating in a clean line. Don't forget to water down the glass a bit.

Frosting the glass--I didn't show the next step but I used both a diamond coated bit to etch the glass and liquid etch too. If you don't want to do that you can buy a frosting spray for glass.

Step 4: Start With Your Frame

I found some trim at our local scrap store, mine was 1/2 inch x 1 inch, but really that part is to your preference. I used a miter box for the 45 degree corners, I glued with Gorilla glue and clamped together and the corners were done with finishing screws.

Step 5: Wight Out

I cut the backer board to the sides of the frame and used flat white spray paint on the backer board and the inside of the frame for light reflection.

Step 6: LED Lights

I bought ribbon LED lights with adhesive, you have to leave room for the frame. I realized after I put it together I should have made little bit more for the frame. I measured the length of the LED before I taped them to make sure they were even all the way around. When that was done I soldered them together to have one continuous ribbon.

Step 7: Finish

To finish I put the back on the frame and pre-drilled holes for the screws put the screws in, I bought a dimer switch for the LEDs. I put a hook on the back to hang it on the wall but my wife says the ultimate would be to find a small tv wall mount that comes out of the wall to have different angles and to get up close.

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Soose

5 months ago

Thank you very much to atully-lund for posting this project. And for the link to the inspiration project you've included (from youtube). I plan to build this. Our bathroom has a dark corner, just terrible!

I think I'll use the method of adhering a mirror to a backer board along with the LED's and then covering with a clear glass with spray painted border. I am a wimp about the dremel tool step to remove mirror glazing on the back, but yours worked great!

Somewhere in a box, I have two swing arm wall lamps (unless I've given them away?). I am wondering if I can mount the frame of the mirror to the swing arm of that fixture -- will have to look at it.

I saw someone using LED light strips in a large project online and they said the strips at Amazon are inferior to what is available thru electronic supply houses. So I will check that out.

I'll mention that someone on the youtube mentioned that you can buy some type LED strip connector pieces -- "2 wire led strip connectors"-- if someone does not yet solder. I don't know where yet, haven't looked. We'll just solder ours.

And for others who want to make this for a makeup mirror, here is a note I found on a Lighting supply house about temps of the LED's and how to select the right light level for a bathroom makeup mirror. It's from Lightology (an excerpt because they are selling very very expensive fixtures):

"Two measures to remember when selecting fixtures for your
bathroom are CRI (Color Rendering Index), and color temperature. In
terms of CRI, choose a fixture with a high CRI (90+ is preferred).
Incandescent and halogen light sources always have the best CRI – 100 –
meaning they most accurately render colors. If you wish to use an
energy-efficient LED or fluorescent light source, ensure your selection
has a CRI or at least 90. This provides excellent color rendering in
bathroom settings.


"For color temperature, try selecting fixtures / light
sources with a warm color temperature (2700K – 3000K). Many find warm
color temperatures more flattering than cool ones, because they are
similar to the incandescent lights most people have become used to. When
I meet with clients, I work with them directly to determine the color
temperature option they like best. That said, you never want to go above
3500K in a bathroom lighting application — it's just not as flattering
and inviting as warmer temperatures."

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mici1336

2 years ago

This is exactly what I want to do! However my mirror and frame are arched at the top and swoop down towards the edges. Could this work with the led strips? (I'm completely new to this) Or do you have any suggestions?

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atully-lundKathiaC1

Reply 3 years ago

sorry about the Led I got mine on Amazon, but your vanity mirror look awesome!!!!!

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cmariana7KathiaC1

Reply 3 years ago

This site has a variety of temperatures. I would probably use a warm white or a daylight white or a mix of both!

http://www.wholesale-leds.com/whiteledlightstrips.aspx

I will be planning my own vanity soon!

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D4VIDLE

3 years ago

Can you explain what you meant when you said

"I realized after I put it together I should have made little bit more for the frame."

Thanks!

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atully-lundD4VIDLE

Reply 3 years ago

what I meant was, I should have moved the LEDs in a little more to give room for the frame. thank you for your comment and I hope that clears it up, if you have anything other questions let me know I'll be glad to answer for you.