Ring lights are used for even lighting on the subject’s face and solid eye lighting. Caleb from DSLR Video Shooter created this video demonstrating how he saved money and created a unique look by constructing a homemade triangle “ring” light with LEDs:
All in all, he spent under $100 on the materials, so this could be a relatively inexpensive, fun project for you!
How to Make a Triangle Light
- Start by building the frame with six aluminum U-channels.
- Line the edges with super glue to pair up three sets.
- Place a strip of electrical tape on each end so that the wiring won’t solder the LED strips to the U-channel.
- After that, apply the LED strips. Caleb suggests choosing between two options: 90 CRI LED or 80 CRI LED strips. The higher CRI has less light and costs a bit more than the 80 CRI LEDs but causes less strain on your eyes and creates a daylight temperature. If you want the brighter option, choose the 80 CRI!
- You can use small blocks of wood as shown in the video and super glue to attach the U-channels in a triangle shape. For one of the corners, Caleb used an aluminum diecast box to contain the wiring, dimmer unit, and the power input.
- When you are wiring everything together, be sure that the negatives are attached to the negatives and the positives are attached to the positives on each strip.
- Solder the wires to your LED strips.
- Wire up the light dimmer using the positive/negative DC inputs and the positive/negative motor input.
- Drill three holes in the aluminum wiring box: DC (power in), LED wires, dimmer knob.
- Attach the lid of the wiring box and finish up with the mounting point for your triangle ring light. Caleb used a scrap piece of wood, ball head, and wing nut to attach the light to an L-bracket. The power is controlled with a power cable and 12V battery.
This may sound like a lot of instructions and prep work, but once you have the supplies it will be easy to set up! Does a triangle LED ring light interest you?
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