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The Sun-Blaster: How to Build a Powerful DIY 1000W-Equivalent LED Light for $40

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Want a portable and powerful LED light for illuminating your shots? The “Sun-Blaster” is a 1000 watt equivalent LED flashlight that you can build yourself for around $40.

The device is small enough to be used with one hand, has a dimmer for flexible brightness control, and can be powered by either batteries or an AC adapter.

The light can be used for all kinds of photographic and filmmaking purposes:

Simulating moonlight in a dark, outdoor environment.
Simulating moonlight in a dark, outdoor environment.
Adding drama to a nighttime scene
Adding drama to a nighttime scene
Bounced off walls to simulate a giant softbox
Bounced off walls to simulate a giant softbox
Used as a rim or hair light
Used as a rim or hair light

The Sun-Blaster was developed by the YouTube channel DIY Perks, which released this 20-minute step-by-step tutorial on how it’s built:

You can also find a complete parts list and links for buying the pieces in the video’s description on YouTube.

(via DIY Perks via ISO 1200)

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