Hi guys, here you can find the instructions how to make your own Light Board. Feel free to comment and ask questions so we can improve this post, to be fully understandable for everyone.
WHAT DO YOU NEED:
– Glass, 800mm x 1600mm x 10mm
– Wood: 2x 60mm x 60mm x 950mm
– Wood: 2x 35mm x 35mm x 950mm
– Wood: 2x 20mm x 100mm x 950mm
– Wood: 2x 10mm x 10mm x 140mm
– Screws, metal angular connections, as much as you need;
– double-sided adhesive tape;
The process starts with a cup of black tea with black spiced rum. When you start feeling comfortable with numbers and measurements, you can cut your wood on the required pieces and assemble the main parts with screws.
TIP: it is always better to drill holes for the screws in the wood to avoid cracking.
The small limiter in the bottom (the wood 10 x 10 x 140mm) you can glue instead of screwing, to keep it in place.
Next is the LED strip. First you should connect the wires. The strip easily stick on the wooden frame with a double-sided adhesive tape (usually integrated into the LED strip by default). You may try stick the LED strip on the glass corner if you want, but the difference in the lighting is too small for the effort you give for mounting the LED on the glass.
After the both frames are ready, you can install them on the table Be aware of the measurement between both sides. The glass is too heavy and when you lift it, you have to be prepared to mount it faster with no mistakes.
Install the glass carefully
TIP: Use a thick double-sided adhesive tape to stick the glass on the back side of the frame. In this way the glass will hold-on if you need to open the frond wood and work on, or change, the LED strips.
After you close the front wooden parts, and screw everything tight, you are ready to connect the wires and the electronic circuit to power the LED strips.
Because our Lab is powered by 24V battery system, we decide to connect the Lightboard directly to the battery pack and use 24 Volt stabilizer. The stabilizer shown above keeps the voltage stable 24V, while the battery voltage is moving between 24 and 28 Volts when is charged.
If you have a 12 volt system, you can search for circuit diagram of 12 volt stabilizer (usually called ‘7812’). And if you use 220 V, we recommend to use the original power supply for LED strips.
IMPORTANT: If you decide to use our circuit on 24V, you should connect the 2 LED strips in series. Be aware to connect the ‘+’ of the first with the ‘-‘ of the other, and to power the setup from the other ‘+’ and ‘-‘. If you make a mistake, you will kill the LED strips forever.
That’s it, guys! We hope you understand everything. But if you have questions or need more pictures, feel free to write your comment below, or write us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. CHEERS!