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Hi everyone:) Before I wanted to do my own light panel, I searched google like crazy trying to find a guide to help me with what I have to do to make the panel. I have found few pages showing finished results and descriptions of what materials were used, but I couldn't find a real guide on making a good light panel. Now that I'm finished with mine I would like to share with everyone what I did and how I did it:)



I found a guy locally that installs high end shower enclosures, that's where i picked up my aluminium channels that will be used to make the frame.



Cut and ready for welding.



My friend did a good job on the welding process.



Painted the piece using some standard pain+primer white gloss paint that I picked up at Menards



The panel is made of three types of acrylic: 1/8" mirror acrylic, 1/8" frosted acrylic, and 1/8" white acrylic



While the paint job was drying up I went to work on attaching an led strip to the acrylic. I used a regular glue gun at the edges of the acrylic to attach the led strip, couple dabs of glue every 3-4 inches ( the glue also holds the acrylic together)



Finally the panel slides into the frame and the project is complete.



Finished product looks like this, I have a cheap camera so the picture is not the best but the panel itself looks a lot better and brighter in person.
post #2 of 12
Looks pretty!
Am I correct in understanding that the leds are glued to the edge facing in?
post #3 of 12
Wow very nice! It's simple yet very elegant. Looks tons better than seeing the individual LEDs.

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Looks pretty!
Am I correct in understanding that the leds are glued to the edge facing in?

Yup, the LEDs are simply glued to the edges facing the panel, simple but effective smile.gif
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Came out really nice, love the effect it gives. Is it just resting on top that blanking plate at the bottom or you secured it to the chassis?
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Came out really nice, love the effect it gives. Is it just resting on top that blanking plate at the bottom or you secured it to the chassis?

Thx:) the whole thing is just resting on psu in the back and part of the case in the front. The side cover is attached with magnets, made the whole thing like that so that I can take everything apart for easy servicing when needed.
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Been thinking little bit more about this, and I found an easier way of making the frame, you could use a plastic channel cut the pieces with a dremel and just glue them together with some epoxy glue, that way you don't have to weld anything.

Here is a channel i found on amazon, looks pretty good.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DYRFT6?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links
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That looks amazing!
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Originally Posted by koniu777 View Post

Been thinking little bit more about this, and I found an easier way of making the frame, you could use a plastic channel cut the pieces with a dremel and just glue them together with some epoxy glue, that way you don't have to weld anything.

Here is a channel i found on amazon, looks pretty good.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DYRFT6?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links

Link is dead. frown.gif Could you post the correct link link again or the name of the product? I really want to do this mod, please help me!
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Link is dead. frown.gif Could you post the correct link link again or the name of the product? I really want to do this mod, please help me!

Here you go,

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) U-Channel, Opaque Gray, Equal Leg Length, Rounded Corners, NSF 61, 0.59" Leg Lengths, 0.51" Width, 0.06" Wall Thickness, 48" Length https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RFVQ38/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_HRwvxbRG1Z5P8
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