How to build a DIY LED ring light – a pictorial

Mar 13, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

How to build a DIY LED ring light – a pictorial

Mar 13, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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In this article Steve McKenzie takes us through his steps of building an LED ring light.

I used 3/4 plywood as the base for the build (I got mine in the bargain bin at the home improvement store, since any cosmetic flaws it may have had would be covered up by the duct tape.).

I used three separate LED strip lights, but I had to wire them in parallel, since when they were wired in series, the LEDs at the end were dimmer. So, I had to solder that part and reconnected it to the power cord.

I also ordered a remote control, which allowed me to dim the ring light from 100%, to 50%, and 25%.

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Here is the light turned on

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If I had to do this again, I would use a 4×8′ sheet of 1 1/2″ foam board, used in construction, to make this lighter. Other than that it was a fun project!

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3 responses to “How to build a DIY LED ring light – a pictorial”

  1. jdellano Avatar
    jdellano

    This looks like a great project. Would you mind posting a picture of or walking me through how you wired them in parallel?

    1. Michael Tunnell Avatar
      Michael Tunnell

      it’s a single led strip (likely from amazon) that just wraps in a circle so all wired together.

  2. Thomas E. Reed Avatar
    Thomas E. Reed

    I see you’ve attached the ring to a pipe. What do you connect the pipe to? A microphone stand? A camera tripod? If it’s iron gas line pipe, it’s going to be heavy and will need some kind of sturdy stand. The only thing that comes to mind is a plastic Christmas tree stand, with the pipe attached to the center, and the stand filled with quick-setting concrete to provide the weight needed for stability. What would you suggest?