Cheap Ring Light Made for $20 Using Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Caleb Barrett wanted a simple ring light to play around with, so he built himself one for just $20 using built himself a makeshift ring light using eight cheap compact fluorescent light bulbs. The lights are pretty dim and have a horrible color rendering index, but are fun to play around with if you’re just looking for something to experiment with.

Here’s a sample photograph Barrett snapped using his ring light:

Image credits: Photographs by Caleb Barrett and used with permission

  • Jason

    After reading the story and seeing the example, seems like a perfectly good waste of $20 and 90 seconds of my time.

  • Justin Javellana

    it took you 90 seconds to read 3 sentences?

  • 9inchnail

    I don’t even wanna know how long it took him to post that comment…

  • Jason

    There are photos and links too, Douchebags.

  • toolized0

    Brilliant way of communating with people. Hope you’ll succeed in life.

  • Ram

    DIY FTW!

  • Nunya

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to fit this monstrosity onto my camera!

  • Erika

    I believe this would be used for studio purposes, sparky.

  • Jason

    To read the 3 sentences, click on the links and judge the photos, yes. Problem?