I need a light that can cover my whole work table and as well have other functions that I need.
A table light must obviously be bright, therefore planning to use a white led strip for the main lighting which can be dimmed using a dimmer switch.
Not only that but in the schematic I included 3 switches due to the fact that many times I don't need my whole table to be lit up, sometimes only portions. Therefore I give myself the choice to light up whole table or just a portion(s) of my table.
For an added bonus, I am also planning to add an RGB led strip. This is not only for fun (party mode) or aesthetic lighting (color scrolling potentiometer), but for utility.
Since red light is better for your eyes, especially at night , I thought it would be great to have a type of night mode where the RGB light goes red and the white led turns off.
NOTE: Schematic is work in progress
All the files have been licensed under (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
After building the structure and having a close to completed circuit I thought it was time to figure out how the table light was going to work.
Of course from my schematic I mentioned that there will be 3 "sections" to this light. However I had no idea how many pieces of the LED strips I needed, how many white LEDs I need in relation to RGB LEDs and how high off the table light needed to be from the working surface.
This is why I made a rough version of one of the sections from cardboard, duct tape and rope just to get an idea of what I really needed.
This structure sits on top of the table and 3 "sections" of LED strips will be placed underneath.
This structure also doubles as a shelf and also has various screws and nails to hang my tools.
Below are pictures of the process of building the structure (click on picture to view bigger version):
Designing The Structure:
Rough sketches and designs for the general form and shape of the structure Side View
Detailed design of the side of structure
Front / Top View
Building the Structure:
Building the Sides
Attaching the back cross bar
Attaching the top of the structure
The basic completed structure
However I do not intend to leave this structure looking like this, since this is now part of work station/flow, adding motorized/level changing shelves, places for tools and off course the actual work table light is a must.
Since I am planning on including different types of functions in this work table light, I decided to everything one by one and start off small.
That is why before attempting to make the whole thing at once I coded each individual element of this table light and tested each function separately to ensure that everything will together once everything was put together.
This can be seen in my github where I have many files that contain the separate codes for each of the functions.