Mim's Lighting Project

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Sun 2012/05/13 09:34 JST
Mim
Life time student of all things Japan, music, culture, anime and associated vices
Sydney, Australia · Nendtaku - 360 unique full size and counting

I've been working on a funky lighting project for my display cases that's finally complete so thought I'd share some pics with you all.

I origionally got the idea from walking past a local chemist store that used LED strips for their display's and thought woo - now that's cool and would be great for my own display's.

The project took a month from parts bought over e-bay to installed. Install was done over a weekend and total cost was around $80 Aud. This was for three 5m rolls of LED strips, 12v power supply and assorted bits.

Its funny the things you never think of till you come accross them. Case in point (pardon the pun) it was the emptying and then dusting of every single figure when loading up the cases again in the end, which totalled over 300 figures.

Pic's via iPhone 4Gs

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Both LED down lights and the strips on together.

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Just the regular LED spot lights housed in the black boxes resting on the two cases.

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No lights on at all.

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Just the new LED strips on.

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LED down lights only.

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Both LED downlights and strips.

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LED strips only.

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Another small side project was closing a gap that allowed direct sun light to hit my cabinets in the mornings. I ended up buying a plastic strip that was heat bent into an L shape by the plastics store I bought it from.

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Such a close match to my blinds that its unoticable and does not interfere with their operation.

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Screwed into place with white head screws. Small guiding holes were drilled first and helped to avoid splitting the plastic.

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The tenants that were cruely kicked out for renovations.

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The cables used down the sides for wiring. Only one was needed in the end.

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What the LED down lights look like in the black boxes resting on each case. Theres three of these in each light box and these LED ones replaced the regular bulbs it came with, which although brighter, ran rediculously hot and used way more power.

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Really budget LED's, but they worked out well. These looked like a mish mash of off-cuts joined up, but then they only costed around $13.85 per 5m roll.

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The work station where all the action went down.

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Bought a bunch of these connectors from J-car and attached some double sided tape. Totally screwed this one up as the tape is meant to go on the inside orz

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As seen here they just slot into the unused shelf holes.

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Each side had a single negative and possitive cable soldered in series.

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The very first strip connected to the 12v power supply.

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Theres a total of six 110cm strips like this one in each case.

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You can really make out the blue tinge of the pure white LED colour.

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How each shelf connects and can be disconnected if theres a need to pull out the shelf.

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I was really worried that the double sided tape might not be strong enough to bond to the underside of my shelves. Cleaning the glass surface really helped mitigate this problem.

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The LED rolls all came with double sided tape so just peal and stick.

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Wiring up top.

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The $23 12v power supply with dual output's powering the two cases.

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As you'll see from some of the pic's the LED strips are a pure white, much like those HID headlights on cars, so its tends to have a blue tinge. The older LED down lights are a warm more yellow colour that helps balance things out a little.

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The bottom shelf of my left cabinet that used to have next to no light at all. I love how the strips have a uniform spread of light.

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LED downlights on and strips off. Check out that awesome bottom shelf.

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Just the LED strips on. You can really see the blue tinge here, but with a 180 deg spread you tend to light the whole shelf up quite well.

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Looks kinda clincal now ^.^"

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Everything looks amazing at night.

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The bunnies look happy <3

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Mim
Life time student of all things Japan, music, culture, anime and associated vices
Sydney, Australia · Nendtaku - 360 unique full size and counting