(Topic ID: 230240)

Work Area Lights


By oldschoolbob

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    Back when I was building models I found I needed a brighter workbench light. I built this light from a halogen track light.

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    It served me well and went on to light my work on pinball boards. Unfortunately after about 30 years the flexible arm has lost its tension and the light now droops. I decided to build a new light and started collecting parts. That’s when I saw this post by TimeBandit :

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/check-out-my-insane-pinball-work-light#post-4678088

    This inspired me to get to work on my bench lights. First I wanted to finish my halogen light then build another with the light panel. This is the new halogen light.

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    I again used an old track light for parts. The power supply is 12 volts - AC – 75 watts. I mounted it in a project enclosure box and wired in a switch. I added a thick aluminum plate to reinforce the mounting area. I used a microphone gooseneck to mount the track light head but I had to make an adaptor to mount it. It looks much better than my old light and works just as well.

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    Then I started on the light panel. I didn’t have the light panel before I started so I used a heavy duty project box. Again I used the track light power supply but I had to add in a bridge rectifier. And I also used the aluminum reinforcing plate and had to make an adaptor.

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    It turned out really well but to be honest it’s not as bright as I expected.

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    I also use one of those hobby lights (with magnifier) and I don’t think the light panel is much brighter. I don’t have a light meter to be sure but just looking at the work area I don’t see a big difference.

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    The down side with the halogen light is it causes a lot of glare. I have to turn it off to take pictures. The light panel spreads the light evenly – should be great for pictures. Also the halogen light gets very hot – you don’t want to touch the light head.

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    All in all I’m glad I made these new lights. Should be an improvement to the work area. And like TimeBandit said “Honestly, you are not working with enough light”.

    Bob

    #2 1 year ago

    That's interesting. It's just more time than I need to spend. I use an overhead shop lamp in conjunction with a swivel magnifier lamp. Simple and inexpensive.

    #3 1 year ago

    That's what I used for years but now i'm retired I have plenty of time for this kind of stuff - especially in the winter.

    Bob

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