Tray Light Project

I wanted to build a light fixture that simulated burning candles, but also provided enough down light to accomidate a cathedral ceiling room.  This is what I can up with: 

Raw Materials:


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The light shield was made from a lenth of 5” dryer vent.  Pictured left is the raw material.  Pictured below is the near finished shield, with side caps and electronics box. 




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The light shield houses three 18 watt LED bulbs, that are the equivilent to three 100 watt standard bulbs.  The picture below is the bulb base installation in progress. 


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The box at the end of the light shield houses the dimmer control and relay for the candle transformer.  Both are “z-wave” enabled, meaning they can be controlled through a smart phone.  In this case, I’m using my home security system to control the lights and provide some automation. 


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The candles are battery operated from the factory.  I’ve modified them to run off of a transformer to eliminate the batteries.  


These are the candles being wired.  The lightshield goes in the middle and provides downlight through a frosted plexiglass window.  

This video shows the light in action

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