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How To Make A LED Reading Lamp?

If you are someone who is tired and ready to get rid of those 50/60 watt lamp light bulbs and wants to make LED reading lamps read better at night, this is the right article for you. You need a lamp that is bright enough to illuminate both the pages of your book efficiently at night, and we will let that happen. 

In this article, you will learn how to make a modern LED reading lamp using some simple hand tools. Building a reading lamp is simple, you do not have to worry since this method includes materials that are available easily around you. So let’s get started!!! 

How to Build a LED Reading Lamp?

LED light lamps are much more in demand right now due to the various benefits it comes with especially after compared to other lights. The reading lamp in this guide can be used as a bedside lamp or as a reading lamp for elderly people.

Let’s get going with telling you how to build a very easy LED lamp:

Materials that you will need:

  1. LED strip lights 
  2. Remote control 
  3. 12v power supply 
  4. Soldering iron 
  5. Variable Power Supply 

Steps to Follow

Back piece:

  • You should start off with a pretty big block of maple. Make sure it is a square. Use a smoothing plane to join the edge to make it easier to go on the table saw and check the level and do some more planning. 
  • Next, get out of the table to do some more reselling. Since this wood you are using is really hard and dense you should cut it a little at a time. You’ll get a good piece of stock. Let the wood relax for a couple of hours. The wood sitting kind of has an angle in the base with the length part stirring perpendicular to the back. The leg part will be covered in strip lights.
  •  When you have your measurements drawn up you should go do some sanding before cutting the pieces to size. Crosscut those parts on the miter saw. 


  • For the lights take an LED strip. Cut them in every three lights on the copper section. So for this design, you will need six lights on each cut. A total of 13 strips is required. Now you have to make sure to  stick the strip to the wood and it adheres pretty well to unfinished wood after you peel off the back.  each strip has to be attached well. Tint each of the contacts on the positives on one side and then tint the negatives on the other. 
  • Use a piece of wire to take out the installation and attach it with hot glue after you strip it. Stick it on each side. To connect to the contacts take the wires and cut them into tiny pieces. Each contact has to be soldered to each tint. This means all the positives on one side  and the negatives on the other side. With the help of a variable power supply check to see how much light you can get from various currents.. 
  • On the table saw. Begin to cut a dado on the back piece of the lamp, take repetitive cuts. In order to make sure you get a proper and tight fit, creep up on your marks.
  • The next thing that you have to do is the same but just a little different this time since you have to do it at a 22 degrees angle for the base. This will absolutely match the 22-degrees level cut at the bottom of the back piece. Make sure to bring the two together and then clean the cuts clearly with a chisel. Drill a hole to run a wire down from the light to the backside. Making a very shallow group with a few lights passing the wire will run down a grooze in the back piece which is what you have to cut on the table saw. 


  • To fit the plug you have to make sure to drill a hole in the side. Drill a large hole on the underside of the snippet to make the place for the wires to be connected from the plug to the lights. In order to let the wire reach the underside of the lamp coming from down the back, you need to drill a hole in the base. To get the plug-in from the underside to the side you need to make enough room.
  • Assemble all the three pieces. Glue the pieces together and also get the wire through.  
  • Make use of some lead in order to give the base a little weight. Then use hot glue to stick some lead into the hole you just made in the base.

Connection of wiring:

  • Split it off and solder the positive to the positive side and the negative to the negative side since you have the wire coming up through the back piece. Hot glue the wires into the back. Attach the plug into the side with some hot glue. 
  • Then solder these wires together. Use a heat trick to protect the wires. You can use a lighter. You can then fine sand it. If you want you can put a coat of thong oil wax polish to make it smooth and bring out the color. You can use a piece of fabric to protect the base. Hot glue the fabric to the base. 


Attach a price of Velcro at the back of the lamp and another piece of Velcro at the back of the remote and attach it. You’ll always know where the remote is. The remote is going to be controlled through a cord but you don’t have to use that. You can instead take that cord out and plug the plug indirectly. It allows you to dim as well. 


You have an angle that is up a little bit and that’s so it could cast a light on the table or whatever you are working on. Of course, you can make a desk lamp or a task lamp in lots of different ways and using different designs. Strip lights are the best to work with for such DIY projects. They are really flexible and you can cut them into configurations or even bend them around like a bell. 

This doesn’t fit your needs? Check out this guide on building floor lamps that will be perfect for what you’re looking for. Floor lamps definitely have extended use over regular reading lamps.

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