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Offline jcs0001

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Ikea led "machine light" - my take
« on: October 31, 2016, 07:53:55 PM »
Another small project completed a while back.  We happened to visit Ikea near Vancouver - we don't have one locally - and I picked up three of these lights.  Two black for the shop and one for my wife - she liked the gaudy version :bugeye:



I often use wood (in this case birch ply - I have lots of scraps) because it's easy to machine with my woodworking tools.  In this case it works as well or better than metal so that's what I used.



This one has 4 1/2 in. rare earth magnets imbedded into the base.


This one has 3 1/2 in. magnets imbedded into the base.  I drilled a slightly undersized hole and pressed them in with the vise - so far no problems with them coming out.  This light is for my small mill and grips the metal plate on the wall very well.  The taig mill does not have a lot of steel available so this was my option.


This was a very short project but the two lights work very well and are easily portable.  If there is no steel machinery within reach I can always use a small plate of steel to place them in other areas of the shop.

John.

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Re: Ikea led "machine light" - my take
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2016, 02:15:59 AM »
I have two of the same lights mounted either side of my Bridgeport quill. I mounted the goose necks onto brackets. Good light but the necks tend to be slightly too floppy. I have another mounted on the headstock of my lathe
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Re: Ikea led "machine light" - my take
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2016, 04:42:52 PM »
good idea that. Think I'll try the Leeds branch as it's a bit closer but if you'de only mentioned it before we went to Victoria last month we could have got a few! :headbang:

What a wonderful place Canada is... :beer:

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Re: Ikea led "machine light" - my take
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2016, 09:40:02 AM »
Andrew - I also find them a bit floppy particularly if used on the wall mount.  When mounted on the horizontal they work pretty well.

I figure that a "ghetto" fix would be to tape a piece of solid #12 copper wire to the flexible part or do the same with some Lok-line.  So far I haven't had to do that.  In order to make it "elegant" one could use black tape :bugeye:

Ian - glad to hear you enjoyed Canada.

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Re: Ikea led "machine light" - my take
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2016, 11:11:34 PM »
As mentioned by Andrew to neck on these lights can be a bit floppy.  The horizontal mount one is ok but the one mounted on the wall near my mill does flop a bit.

I obtained a short scrap of #10 house wire today and stripped off the outside insulation to give me one black insulated, one white insulated and one bare ground wire.  In the next little while I will tape one of these onto the flex part of the light and see how it works.  I don't think I can use shrink wrap but will keep that in mind.  Pictures once it is done.

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Re: Ikea led "machine light" - my take
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2016, 04:01:36 PM »
An update.  I've taped the bare ground wire (from the #10 wire I stripped the other day) to the flexible part of the light, drilling a small hole in the base to anchor it.  It seems to be a little less floppy now and I won't be moving it a lot once it is mounted next to my mill again.

Wire with outer casing:


Taped to the light:


I may add a bit more tape if it is required but I like the intermittent copper look.

John.

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Re: Ikea led "machine light" - my take
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2016, 05:10:48 PM »
Nice one John!  :clap:

Might have to try that adaption once sorted out, bit busy shifting / reorganizing currently.

Regards Ian