Home Depot list:
- (two) 2'x2' replacement covers for florescent ceiling lights (actual measurements 21.5"x21.5")
- (four) 100W CFL full spectrum bulbs
- (two) clamp shop lights
- (two) Y-connector sockets
Stuff I had around the house:
- scrap foamboard (14"x21.5" x 2)
- (eight) short drywall screws
- (eight) short sheet metal screws (gutter screws)
- (eight) washers
- vellum (heavy weight tracing paper)
- packing tape and scotch tape
- scrap wood
- silver bubble wrap
- x-acto knife
I started out by cutting two scrap pieces of wood 14" long. I pre-drilled holes, large than my sheet metal screws, in the corners of my florescent light covers and drilled matching smaller holes in the ends of my wood stretchers. I attached the stretchers to the plastic covers (prism side down) using screws and washers (to help the plastic not crack). The plastic was fairly flexible so the gentle curve was not hard to achieve.
|Grayson inspects my work.|
To finish the light I installed the socket, Y-connector and two compact florescent bulbs. I then repeated the whole process to make my second light.
While I had the room lights on to take this photo of the whole setup, I normally photography my work in a darkened room to eliminate any stray light or shadows.
So for about $30 I was able to make two lights that would have cost $300.