Are you looking for a cheaper and portable LED light for your photography or filming purposes? Well, did you know that you can make from scratch all by yourself? If you didn’t, know today that you can. In this article, we will take a look at how you can make one by yourself.
First, you need a few things; a poster board, a wire, and an LED light strip. With these items, you can now proceed to the first step;
Step 1 – Determine the size you want your light to be, and then mark it on the poster board. Let’s say you decided to cut a 14”x11-1/2”, just take a razor knife to avoid hurting yourself. Then, measure 1” and draw a line that is parallel with 14” side, and space up the lines 5/8” apart. And then on the other side, draw 1” lines from that side on both sides. These are the lines that will keep the LED lights straight.
Step 2 – cut LED strips – if you look closely, you will notice that LED lights strips do have cut marks on them, so you are supposed to carefully cut through these marks.
Step 3 – Trim the Gel off – since the LED strips are waterproof, you will find that they have a gel cover, which you are supposed to trim
Step 4 – glue the strips – with the help of a glue gun, apply the glue in a thin line under the line. Ensure that you press the glue evenly as you move down the strip in a straight line. Do this for the entire poster board. Then peel off the paper from the back of the light strip, and press it on the glue, pressing it down the line.
Step 5 – cut the wires – you will need to cut little strips of wire, probably one inch each. You will need about 32 of them, based on the dimensions we used above. Then, using a solder gun, attach all the wire ends to the ends of the light strip.
Step 6 – solder the wires to the strips – in this step, you need to solder all the wires to the LED lights. When doing this, you need to wire them in a series, and on one end, you will have two wires, which shall be connected to the battery.
Step 7 – power it up – now after you have done all that, turn on the lights.
See, making a DIY led light isn’t difficult at all, as a matter of fact, it is pretty easy as you can see.