LED Desk Lamp

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Project by KnotCurser posted 06-28-2016 11:47 PM 3800 views 18 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife was really in need of an additional light source on her desk at work and wondered if I could make her a desk lamp.

“Sure” I mean, how hard could that be??? LOL

I always wanted to play around with using LED’s in a project, so I designed the project with that idea in mind and this is what I came up with. In total, there are 60 individual LEDs which cast PLENTY of light. The great thing about this lamp is it creates NO heat and casts a perfect white light across a work surface.

I have to give a TON of credit to Darbin Orvar for posting a fantastic YouTube video on how to “easily” wire multiple rows of LED light strips – Without her video, I would have been at a total loss on how to do this!

I didn’t want to see all the wiring and lights from the side, so I recessed all the electric bits into the top – see pic 5 to see what I mean.

The base and the arm uses multiple strips of Ash, while the top is Red Elm. Finish is spray lacquer.

The top measures 4×5 inches and the lamp stands about 14 inches high.

Enjoy – I hope my wife will get a lot of use out of it! :-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 06-29-2016 12:21 AM

Nice looking project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 06-29-2016 03:10 AM

Very well done. Even like “my initials” on it!

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#4 posted 06-29-2016 04:28 AM

I like it’s simple and modern design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-29-2016 04:51 AM

Nice Bob. Where did you buy the led’s? And that is 60 of them..sure doesn’t take up much space

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 06-29-2016 11:04 AM

Great job and design. Like a lot. Congratulations

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#7 posted 06-29-2016 12:14 PM

I like it. Very snazzy!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 06-29-2016 12:17 PM

Thanks everyone!

Larry, I have to thank Darbin once again as she even supplied the info for the light strips!

I ordered one long strip, the plug and even a remote for under 17 dollars from amazon – click HERE for the link to this item.

Very economical – I will certainly be able to do at least another project with the left-over, just have to order a power supply is all.

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#9 posted 06-29-2016 12:19 PM

Bob, it’s very creative and nice looking.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 06-29-2016 12:29 PM

nice work

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#11 posted 06-29-2016 01:00 PM

WOnderful! I bet your wife is thrilled with this. Super project!

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#12 posted 06-29-2016 01:18 PM

Nicely done!

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#13 posted 06-29-2016 04:46 PM


Does it move on its own, or is this just another manual lamp? :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#14 posted 06-29-2016 06:22 PM

One of these is on my list for a task light for my wife since the one she uses for knitting in her chair broke a bit ago. When I showed her the Darbin Orvar video she was “Make that for me” . I am going to combine it with a floor standing base.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#15 posted 06-29-2016 07:19 PM

That is sure a nice looking and very well thought out project!
Thanks for sharing.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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