On this video, released last year by Matthew Perks from the popular Youtube DIY channel DIY Perks, demonstrates an interesting photography/videography related lighting DIY project for building an inexpensive ring light from LEDs.
Fir this project you will need to purchase very few things:
- Several LEDs (you can choose the power and color) – here you can get the ones Perks recommends from e-bay (they are pretty inexpensive).
- Adjustable Step-up Power voltage Converter Module – again very inexpensive unit from e-bay.
You will also need an old filter that fits your lens (which you don’t need any more), a CD which you can spare, a few metal wires (2mm wires are better than paper clips) and a solder as well as a battery pack (you can use something like a racing-battery pack from an RC-car which also comes with a molex which can’t be connected in a wrong way).
On this video Perks didn’t use heat-sinks for the LEDs – this can be a problem as LEDs get very hot very quickly so it is very much recommended that you do connect heat-sinks to remove access heat.
As always – these sorts of DIY projects can be dangerous (LEDs can easily melt and batteries might explode if they get too how) so do this at your own risk and only if you know what you are doing!
If you are into DIY you can also check out many more interesting DIY photography projects here on LensVid.