In principio Stu dixit: “Fiat lux”

And there was.

I’ve been working on the lighting grid for the shed, based around 16 double fluorescent tube fittings.  The majority of the light reserved for the main workshop floor, with some for the mezzanine.

This is what I have come up with (excluding localised light which is available for the lathe and bandsaw).

LightingI was thinking about the GPO grid, but that is probably better left for when the shed is up and the general layout is understood.


Ikea Lights

Had an idea to jazz up my tool storage cabinet with some strip lighting, and among the various choices at Ikea, found just the lighting system I wanted.

This takes very low wattage LED strip lights, which can either be connected together in a long strip, connected in a square, or connected with longer cables to different parts of the cabinet.  This is the setup I used to light two of the shelves on either side of the cabinet, and with a spare cabinet light (halogen) to light above the sharpening station.

I didn’t have a spare transformer from the original set, so found the voltage and minimum amperage required, and had a dig through the stack of old IT transformers I keep and found one that fitted the bill.

With a bit of soldering, and shrink-wrap I had the light working.

I may have taken the photo with the main shed lights off to show off the setup, but these are more intended to supplement the normal shed lights.

Above the sharpening station, the light is more to check the progress of the sharpening (a light to hold the edge up to), rather than decoration.

Cabinet Lights

Lidwig and MagSwitch

As seen in a couple of images in the preceeding video (and briefly in a recent post), the Lidwig cable clamp, and the MagSwitch Power Hook make for quite a functional duo.

I was looking around the ‘shop to see what uses I could put the Lidwig Cable Clamp (let’s call it the LCC to save RSI in my fingers!) and each time, I found myself using a MPH (you can guess that one) to complement it, allowing me to place the LCC where-ever I wanted.

It got to the point that I started wondering whether the 2 companies (both Australian) shouldn’t team up, and produce a combined product – a MagSwitchable Lidwig Cable Clamp (MSLCC)

Anyway, getting back to the photos.

Included in the set above – Bandsaw Blade Storage, Power Cable Storage, Pneumatic Hose Storage, Dust Extraction (4″) from TableSaw, Overhead, and Bandsaw, and finally, reversing the product’s concept, hanging a tool (in this case a work light) off a 4″ hose or pipe.

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