December 22, 2008

Lightbox: Part Deux

So my original lightbox started to die out on me. I had run out of funds, so I couldn't buy even a cheap lightbox ($40), so I had to make one yet again.

This time though I went a bit bigger, and am using AC power. I came to the conclusion that, for my uses, building a lighbox on batteries was dumb. The portability was awesome, but...alas, useless.


Cardboard box
12v output powercord from an old scanner
Big piece of class, 9.5x15.
Soldering Equipment (wire, iron, etc.)
12v halogen lamp
On/off switch
Spray Glue

Like the previous box, I glued the aluminum to the cardboard so, ideally, the light reflects off of this. This time I had spray glue, so it was easier and less messy.

I cut the hole for the glass to be placed on and lined it with electrical tape for some friction. I also poked ventilation holes since that bulb gets EXTREMELY hot. As for the bulb itself, I placed it this time around away from a cradle and just fixed a stand for it out of electrical tape. I was afraid to place it in an aluminum cradle for fire hazard reasons.

In fact, as soon as I can I'm going to get a real lightbox. This one scares the hell out of me. I'm using a scanner power cord that's pretty old, and not only that, but I made it myself, so I'm not sure how good the soldering was nor if I should have added any resistance to it.

Overall, it does its job, so it'll have to do until I get some funds for a proper lightbox. I never bought one before since I really wasn't animating, but now that I am, I should.

Needless to say, I animate with a bucket full of water next to me, just-in-case.

This things is uber bright, had to put it in the back since I would eventually go blind if I left it right under the workspace.

Yes, that is the spine from a 3-ring binder. I was going to use it as a pegbar, incase I wanted to start animating bigger, but...I just realized the curvature of the ring will make animations that slowly go up, then down, then up again, etc.

That my friends, is AC power, thanks to the Wizard of Menlo Park.

On/Off switch scrapped from old lightbox. Ventilation holes, -check.

If anyone knows of any dangers, physically as in, involving physics, do tell. Maybe I can add something? some sort of component?

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