I recently found some LED spotlights. 50w (equivalent, so they say, to 500W incandescent) Cool Daylight (6000K) at a reasonable sort of price. I’ve been wanting to make my photo lighting and work lighting both better and more permanent so I bit the bullet and purchased two. How to install them? We rent. I’m neither allowed to change the house (garage) wiring or make any permanent installations in there. I decided to make up a gantry, attached to my workbench. Each of the light supports, as you will see, looks a little like a gallows, hence the blog title. The framework is 70×20mm and 40×20mm softwood from packing materials from work. So some pictures
The overall gantry with both lights on. Cross braced at the top for stability
An individual gantry, the right hand one. The white thing to the right is a paper towel on an improvised holder.
Each light is held onto the frame using an 8mm coach bolt, washers and a wing nut. They have safety chains to the frame as well.
They can also be swivelled to light any part of the workshop
so now I can see properly to use the bandsaw on the right.
They will also light up the work area for work or project photography.
I have found that the double shadow can be all but eliminated by taping a sheet of the afore mentioned white paper towel over the front of each light. They run cool (only 50W remember) so no danger there. They can also be switched individually (white switches to the left)
All wiring done on the back of the bench. I run all my workshop, careful not to turn on too much at one time, off of one mains socket and a system of extensions. The strip (black) on the bench is continuous power (sound system, netbook and strictly only one ‘power’ tool) and there is another strip run through a no volt switch under the bench).
This is not a finished setup as I need to figure some way to lower the lights (physically) to better suit project photography. Suffice it to say they are safely above head height at present. With this level of lighting I can work well into a winter evening, providing the heating doesn’t pack in, so evening work is now all year around.
Be seeing you
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com