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Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks!' started by Vladimir, Jan 23, 2019.


  1. Vladimir

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    For a long time I wanted normal lighting on my studio table. Before I did this, fluorescent table lamp had been used. I never liked how the previous lamp worked, mainly for low lumens and poor colour rendering, so poor, that we can’t even talk about colour matching under this lamp.

    I had concept in my mind for years and not so long ago I’d implemented my plans.
    For this I bought not expensive table top lamp and small 10 Watt LED projector, which also can not be called expensive. Generally, it's cheap, but great at work.

    Here you can see how it looks like now.

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    The lamp comes disassembled, so you don’t even need to unscrew the thing you’re not going to use for this kind of the project.
    All you need is to drill two holes in the projector’s body, install two screws and screw the things together. Before drilling you need to disassemble the projector (remove frame with the glass). While drilling one should be careful, as some electronic is inside, so don’t spoil it when drilling. Projector body is drilled real easy.

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    The thing where the projector is mounted on was rounded to conform the lamp should hold. But the curve is easily becomes straight by using a hammer. The thing also was grinded a bit to fit the projector’s body, it was at the bottom part just the same as you saw on top.

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    You can see how small the projector is compared to stock lamp.
    The design of the lamp is white/black, so the projector looks like it was made for this lamp. The lamp has come with the black base (on the photo), maybe I will use it. This base is identical to the lamp base I used before, so now the lamp sits on the old base.

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    Now I have just right thing as I wanted. The thing works just great, it has powerful light stream and good colour rendering and very convenient to use due to its springs on the body. The packaging of the projector says it has 6500K.
    Highly recommend to try!
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    That looks great Vlad. I’ve just got hold of an LED setup to replace the old lamp I had too. I need to get it working next week.


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    I'm sure you'll like it! You will not be surprised with the colours of your work under the sunlight when work's done under this kind of LED. I was surprised when work was done under other type artificial light and then moved under the sun:)

    BTW this small projector is the same 6500K, as my 50W I use for lighting the work. Though, it's better to colourmatch under the same light source, that's going to be used for lighting the work. Just my thoughts;)
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    That is a great idea.
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    Keep us updated to how well it works for you
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    Thanx @J000seph !

    Will do! I even have plans on the upgrading of the thing.

    I've been using it for two month kinda. I'm more than satisfied. When I work with the nozzles and air caps, this lamp is always switched on. Real powerful light stream! Perfect for any manipulations with tiny parts of the airbrush, not talking about other things to do under its light.
    It's great investment, if it can ever be called "investment" for the money it all costs:)
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    Nice setup you've done there.
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    I have an LED work light that looks similar but much larger (and only 2500 lumens). Too heavy for a lamp base like that. The LED you used is a projector? I’ve never seen that style LED as small before. You bought it online?
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    I guess it's a bit of "lost in translation" issue. Those light are just spot lights or flood lights here by us. Quite cheap as well. They start at about $5. Great idea. I want to convert my florescent desk lamp to LED tubes. It will take quite a bit of work because it runs through a ballast that needs to be removed.
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    I also had big 50W projectors like this small 10W. I mean the body similar to small one, but bigger size etc. Now I use a another 50W projectors, but with higher lumens and lighter in weight. As I remember, they're not 6500K, but 6000K, but how could you measure that?:)

    As I remember, the packaging says "projector", @AndreZA is right, you could search for spot lights. Will try to search for the box, I shouldn't throw it away for the reason of warranty (2 years). Though, this small thing has exactly the same outdoor weather protection as its bigger brothers.

    The projector I bought at the marketplace, but they were available online. This one was lying around in my tool cart for over a year to get on table lamp stand:)
    The lamp was bought online.



    Maybe or maybe not:) Will search for the box;)

    You've got the point! Spot lights.

    I'm confident you'll like it.
    Changing is simple. You just need to throw away all the ballasts etc and to left the wiring. They usually point out the wiring for the long LED lamps, which you need to follow, just that simple.

    I'll post the lamp I used for years and struggled all the time:D
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    Did my best to find the packaging for my small projector, did not succeed. It's been thrown away, more likely. Only boxes for bigger projectors are on their place.
    But good thing is, I've found another small one that I've already forgotten I have. Actually, I've bought black one first, but after I bought another 10W for bigger lumens rate. In the end I've decided to use with black one for the reason of not headache mounting and better looking design that fits the lamp base perfectly. Lumens it has are more than enough.

    I've taken some more pictures for you, so you could consider things for lighting your studios.

    In this case no losses:) They put stickers with "projector" word on all sizes.

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    Black body LEDs are old style design. I had two black style projectors, one failed very quickly. Then I bought this new style projectors. They are much smaller and lighter, but have bigger lumens. I've been using them for over a year, everything goes fine.

    Here's the photo session for you to understand the dimensions etc. Both things are 50W projectors. And 10w projectors comparison.

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    BTW, you could cut off the frame of the grey projector to get smaller size, if you'd want. As you can see grey one require more time to get it on the table lamp base. But it's possible.

    And here's what I used before and I would not ever advise to buy. This lamp has plastic!!! important working parts. It was never possible to get the thing work normally. I mean positioning the lamp, it was constantly slowly moving down by its weight. Besides its lumens are ridiculous.

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