I dont have a project from this week to post but I wanted to take the time to address a few projects that I had already completed.
Before we get started here is my disclaimer:
I am not a licensed electrician. I am familiar with the National Electric Code (NEC), but do not by any means know or understand all of the codes within.Some codes are specific to your town or state. I don't make any claims to the safety of the my installation methods, nor that they fully comply with the NEC. This post is meant as an inspirational guide only and should not be acted on without consulting the NEC or a qualified and licensed electrician.
thanks to AmateurDYI for your disclamier.
I am a IT professional by trade and most of the folks I work with like to have the lights off in our work space. so my boss and I took a day and gave everyone bias lighting for their monitors. I posted a picture with an example of my bial lighting on instagram a few months ago.
I was never quite happy with the set up. so i did some research and found that most monitors and TV’s are calibrated to 6500k color temperature. So to get the best effect from bias lighting you need to be putting that 6500k light on the wall behind the TV. HowToGeek has a nice article that explains why you should do this below.
So I ordered all the materials that I would need for the project:
- LED2020 Plug-N-Play Indoor White (6500K) LED Flexible Light Strip
- 3M Heavy Duty Mounting Tape, 1-Inch by 50-Inch
- 12V 5A 60W Switching Power Supply Adapter Transformer for LED Strip
- Twisted Pair Wire by the foot – CITRUS YELLOW by 8 foot
- Rubber Plug End – WHITE
I used our living room television as my example because I like to watch TV in the dark. Using the double sided tape I attached the transformer to a blank space on the back of the TV. I used the wire from @ColorCord for my 110v. (If you are uncomfortable with electricity please consult a local electrician to help you with your projects involving power.) I also attached two strips of 6500k LEDS one to the top and one to the bottom of the back Of the TV like this:
I then soldered some 18 gauge wire to the LED’s and attached them to the transformer.
Then it was time for an operations test. I plugged them in.
The effect during the day time creates a nice effect and dramatically improves the picture at night.
To give you a better comparison here id before and after side by side:
I have been experimenting with a 5v relay to turn the lights on and off when the TV turns on and off via usb. The relay I purchased was bad so I am waiting for the new one to come in. So there should be an update to this project in the future.
The Bookshelf Project
When we moved in to this house we managed to lose a bookshelf so now we have many more books than we have shelves. This is frustrating and makes our office feel cluttered.
So my plan is to build three modular 2′ x 6′ x 10″ shelves. so that here we can have them around the house separately and hopefully at our next house we can have them together as one unit. Designs and Video to come.
Work Hard and Be Safe, but Make Useful Things!