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Project by Thepps posted 06-05-2012 07:59 PM 3234 views 43 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, we just installed a new pool. It’s actually not even finished yet. After researching landscape lighting, I found out that you have to spend a lot of $$$ to get a high quality light fixture. Upwards of $100 or more per light. That adds up pretty fast. So, I built my own, out of cedar with a marine finish (5 coats of Epifanes Rapidclear) to withstand the salt (from the pool) and weather.

This project came from Woodsmith #141. Sanded plexiglass is used for the window panes. Followed the instructions pretty closely except for the light. In the magazine, a 20 watt automotive bulb was used. Trying to save energy, I used an led light. Each light uses 1 watt, and very close to the same brightness.

I built a total of 18 lights. (It was a lot!) Eleven of them are installed around the pool. The other seven will be installed along a path from the driveway to the pool. Not done yet.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#1 posted 06-05-2012 09:44 PM

Are these hardwired or solar? These are great.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#2 posted 06-05-2012 09:47 PM

Very nice looking lights. Replacing mine is on my project list – I will take at liook at that article.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 06-05-2012 10:10 PM

Hardwired. 14ga low voltage cable to each one and a 12v power transformer on the side of my shop.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#4 posted 06-06-2012 12:10 AM

Nice solution! Those do look good. Congratulations on the pool. Good luck getting those projects done now…

-- Lorin

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#5 posted 06-06-2012 02:22 AM

These look great! I’ll have to dig out my Woodsmith back issue and check this out. The LED solution is a nice upgrade!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 06-06-2012 03:51 AM

Those are great! I have spent the last hour searching for the plans with no luck, Woodsmith offers a DVD that would have the plans but $99.00 is a bit steep. I thought you could get individual issues.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#7 posted 06-06-2012 04:46 AM

Thanks everybody. Try ebay. You can usually find back issues if you’re patient.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#8 posted 06-06-2012 02:56 PM

Looks great

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#9 posted 06-10-2012 07:37 AM

Did you say your pool has salt in it? Wild.

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#10 posted 06-12-2012 09:26 AM

Great looking lamps!

Where did you get the led lights?

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#11 posted 06-12-2012 04:54 PM

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