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How to Build a LED Wand Light for $30


In this 8-minute video by Macroscope Pictures, learn how to build a color changing wand light with your own two hands for only $30 in materials. For an extra 15 bucks, you can add a Wi-Fi controller and control the finished product with your phone.

Wand lights are a cheaper alternative to the Westcott Ice Light, which sells for around $500 at retail. They can be hand-held as a portable direct light source on a shoot, without needing heavy light stands or mounting systems. This DIY wand light could also be used for light painting or other special effects.

The step-by-step instructions and parts list have kindly been written out by DIYPhotography, although it’s worth following along with the video as a visual aid. If you don’t have the time or inclination to build a wand light yourself, you can buy them at Yongnuo’s store for $100… but where’s the fun in that?