|Forum topic by CharleyL||posted 12-01-2015 11:03 PM||724 views||1 time favorited||6 replies|
12-01-2015 11:03 PM
Some time ago I had replaced the original DeWalt light with two halogen drafting board lights, on each side of the saw table to get rid of the blade shadow and moving mechanism shadows that existed around the point where the blade enters the wood. I did this to improve my accuracy, and they did a great job of removing these shadows and improving the illumination of the work area, but I found that I was frequently bumping my head into the lights and getting burns from them.
I recently found and purchased two of these LED lights to mount on my Dewalt 788 scroll saw in place of the halogen drafting board lights.
I designed and built a bracket to mount these lights to the upper arm of the saw after my initial plan of clipping the lights to the rear of the saw table failed because I kept bumping into the clamps with my work. The new bracket that I made wraps around the upper arm of the saw just ahead of the DeWalt label and extends out from both sides of the saw arm. Each side extension of this bracket has a hole where I attached one of the lights after removing it from it’s original clamp. This required dis-assembly of the lamp head and unsoldering the wires in the lamp head, then removing the wires from the flex tube, and then removing the original clamp. After installing the base of the flex tube on my new bracket I then re-threaded the wires up through the flex tube into the lamp head, re-soldered the wires, and then re-assembled the lamp. The same was done with the second lamp. I routed the wires back along the left side of the upper saw arm and fixed them in place with tie-wraps. The switches for the two lights ended up along side of the rear frame casting of the saw, so I attached them to this casting, one above the other, with double sided carpet tape. Between the switches and the power supply/plugs there are several feet of additional wire that would easily reach a wall outlet if one was directly behind the scroll saw, but I have mounted a power strip to the left side of the rear leg of the saw stand, so I loosely twisted the wires together and then plugged the lights in to this power strip. The saw and foot switch to run the saw are also plugged into this power strip.
I’ve now been using these LED lights for almost 2 months and find them ideal for my purpose. They are very bright and emit a very white, non-flickering light that is perfect for scroll sawing. Being able to easily position them on each side and slightly forward of the blade and shining down at about a 45 deg angle at the blade eliminates all of the blade shadows and makes it very easy to follow the lines of my patterns. Running all day long the lamp housings never heat up to much over 80 or so degrees, so I never burn my head on them either.
These lights would make great auxiliary lighting for most any shop tool, either mounted on their original clamps or specially made brackets. I’ll be buying more for my drill press, band saw, etc.
Attached are photos of this installation on my DeWalt 788.