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  • posted: December 04 @ 5:48pm
Hey @pip, here's your how-to.

This is the ringlight I have used in some photos.

Now for a how-to for those who want to build one:

For reference, I when I built mine.

You'll need a jigsaw. Get 2 2'x4' 1/2 inch plywood.

Lay them on top of each other.
Find the middle and tape a piece of string to the middle and the other end to a pencil/pen and draw a half circle on the plywood and use this as a guide for when you cut out the ring. (you'll need to draw two lines, naturally, the outer and inner)

Once you have your pieces cut, paint it. It'll be easier to do this now than to do it later. This one is painted black on the front to dimish the raw, DIY nature of it.

Next up, buy some sockets for it and screws so it'll they stay in place. You'll need wiring and something to cover up the lose wiring. You don't want any exposed wiring. If your finger touches the wire, you're going to have a bad time. Here is a closeup of one of the switches on mine.

Make sure to plan ahead and allow for more wiring over the part where the ringlight folds.

Get some L-brackets for the back and attach them with screws. example. You'd be better off using wingnuts. They're easier to get off/on.

Now for the box. This is what I used, but make sure the switch you use is rated to handle the amount of power you're running through it, or it'll get hot, buzz, and start a WICKED fire. I had to replace this box with two dimmers (see above) once it started to get hot. That's when I realized I didn't take into consideration how much power these flood lights were drawing.


Have fun, and don't burn your house down!

Comments

yourfavorite says:
dude I bought my ringlight. Yours is way more impressive would also work for video!
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 5:50pm -
Fledgling Brewer says:
Nice how-to and nice lighting rig. Now re-up with a photo of you diving through the ring of fire!
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 5:54pm -
EdwardTeach says:
thanks for that.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 5:57pm -
wondermade says:
This look incredible complicated and incredibly awesome. Really, just incredible.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 5:59pm -
chance agrees with @fledglingbrewer.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 6:01pm -
Pip says:
That's awesome. I'm on it. May be this weekend's project.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 6:07pm -
Furricane says:
@pip let me know if you have probs.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 6:12pm -
Gavin says:
i saw this in your eye last yesterday
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 6:17pm -
Furricane says:
@gavin, yes you did!

@wondermade, thanks! It's not as hard as it looks.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 6:26pm -
gabonesebeard says:
Impressive
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 6:26pm -
mattmarch says:
No freakin' way!

How did you get a picture of you up in the WhiskerinO banner?!
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 7:11pm -
tedford says:
wait a second, is this a flux capacitor?
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 7:20pm -
Andrew says:
I love beardsneak DIY lighting tutorials. +fav for awesomeness, and later reference
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 7:20pm -
Philly says:
Ditto to what wondermade said, just incredible!
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 7:46pm -
yourfavorite says:
just taking a closer look back. The catch lights that this thing creates are incredible!
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 8:58pm -
hale. says:
badass. thanks for the how-to. been meaning to do this for years, but i get too distracted by my other millions of projects i've been meaning to do for years.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 9:07pm -
mattyc says:
I was going to ask if you built that yourself...nice.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 9:23pm -
Furricane says:
yupyup. did it in one afternoon. it was rainy out and there was nothing else going on.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 9:28pm -
julialikesbeards says:
Um. You rule.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 9:36pm -
Dschonn says:
I want one, but I don't want one. I have no room for anything that huge.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 9:40pm -
Just Jamey says:
You are like a total superstar. In fact, CLAME for video of what song immediately came to mind when I saw this photo.
Posted: Dec 4th, 2009 - 11:52pm -
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