Not your ordinary LED book light

diy_led_book_light

[Steve Hoefer] is not a huge fan of traditional table lamps, so he set off to build a reading light of his own that was more aesthetically pleasing than the standard fare. He thought it would be pretty appropriate to construct his reading lamp out of a book, and we’re inclined to agree.

He stripped the pages from an old book he found at the thrift store, then built a plywood frame to fill in the recently vacated area. A second frame was built inside the first to support the installation of some warm LED strips as well as the acrylic sheet he used to diffuse the light. A whisker switch was installed in the corner of the frame, which turns the lights on when the book is opened. The lamp puts out about the light equivalent of a 40W bulb, and can be “dimmed” by simply adjusting how far the cover is opened.

It looks great on his bedside table, and like some of his other book-related hacks, it’s quite useful as well!

Be sure to check out the video of the light’s construction we have embedded below.

Comments

  1. Anton Onszers says:

    I love the way you can regulate the beam of light in this design. This is especially practical if you have someone next to you you don’t want to disturb. Great idea. I want one of those!

  2. grenadier says:

    It needs a battery!

  3. Hirudinea says:

    Yea its pretty cool, but like everything else, Star Trek did it first, see…

  4. lochnessduck says:

    This is great. Beautiful design, “urban ergonomic” aka pleasing to the eye and feels like a more natural light. Need light to read? Open another book!

  5. mjrippe says:

    Yeah, this would totally be a marketable item. You’d just have to find a lot of the same book or books with similar clever titles ;-)

  6. M4CGYV3R says:

    Now if you can turn that copy of Don Quixote into a fan, I will truly applaud your talents…

  7. Tripp says:

    I love the book choice. “City of Light” it’s just so literal.

  8. pod says:

    I would have used a reed switch, but it’s still a cool build

  9. agtrier says:

    Steve, if you read this – there seems to be a market for this kind of design. Off you go to Dragons’ Den. Can’t wait to see this in the shops …

  10. Hirudinea says:

    @agtrier – No, no, just get a patent on it and live off the royalities (not live well, but live.)

  11. theixiancom says:

    Beautiful looking lamp!

    If you would combine that on a shelf with the external harddrive named book that looks like a book (don’t remember who makes them).. you’d be confusing a lot of people :D

    This should definitely find its way on etsy… if its not there already!

    btw… I use Check out a reading light for my reading in bed… so as to not wake up my wife :D

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