RGB Studio Light With 3D Printing
Here’s how you can do a RGB LED Studio Light at home, using super cheap tools in combination with some 3D printing.
Before we get started with the RGB LED Studio Light. Make sure you see the movie above and the effects the light have. That helps with the motivation to buy the following items:
1x RGB LED Strip – (3m or 5m is good) – Includes remote and power supply – [EU/UK-link]
1-2x RGB LED Strip extender/connectors – [EU/UK-link]
1X RGB LED Touch Controller (don’t be scared of 1 review…) – [EU/UK-link]
First up is to 3D Print the components (don’t have a printer? well, see my reviews here) Use the following link to print one of each main part (or more mid-sections if you want to extend the light to be taller).
Print 4x of the “legs”.
Files are to be printed without support, except for the bottom part. This needs support for the legs to function properly.
Glue the parts together as the drawing here describes:
Time to get down to business – Step 1
Take one connector and cut it close to one side. Strip the cables and twist them before inserting into the RGB Touch Controller. Also cut and strip the power supply and insert into the Touch Controller. Make sure you check polarity!
The RGB LED-strip usually goes R-G-B-V (but colored Red-Green-Blue-black). So make sure you read the end of one strip and see that the connector goes in correctly into your RGB Touch Controller.
Don’t forget to remove the protective cover for the sticky backside before sticking strips in the connectors.
Step 2 – Combine as many RGB LED Strips as possible!
Combine as many RGB Strips as you have available and want to put in. Remember to check EVERY side and connector since you might need to turn the connectors and RGBs to have all the wires in order. One side of the RGB strip wont have the same setup as the other since they are not reversible (so one side has “RGBV”, other “BVGR”for example). Double check!
When connecting all the strips, turn on the LED-light every now and then and cycle colors. This help detecting any faulty connections.
Step 3 – Put on Aluminum foil like a pro
The Aluminum foil isn’t rocket science. Just fold it to proper width for the “legs” and wrap it around. Use tape to help get everything neat.
I ended up making an extra fold away from the lights, this helps with stability.
You can now start putting the plastic cover on. Make sure you’ve tested the light before. otherwise it’s a bit boring to do it all over again.
When that’s all fun and done, you now have a working RGB LED Studio Light! Congratulations!
Hopefully you didn’t end up having issues, if you do. Just let me know at twitter or here in the comments and i’ll try to help you out!
Or get a regular LED-studio light 😉
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