Call it an impulse purchase but as I checking out at Walmart, I saw this small pack of Christmas Wreath lights as I was putting my items on the counter. As I looked closer, I saw that it was a single string of 18 small LED lights. It was only $3.99 and it came with its own power supply, requiring 3 AA batteries. I thought to myself that this would make a very inexpensive way to power a flat frame astrophotography light frame box. I had orginally specked out purchasing LED’s and buidling the powering mechanisms from scratch but this system was already complete and I did not even have to solder any of wires. Having extra foam core from when I created my first light box using an Electroluminescent Panel, I broke out the Exacto Knife and began cutting panels. As I cut my first panel, I envisioned how this LED light string could be used. Here is how I created a Flat Frame box using this simple 18 LED string of lights. Here is what I did:
1. I cut a piece of foam core to the size I would need for my 90mm Refractor and then I used a hole punch to create a pass through where I could feed the wires and the LED lights through the back of the panel. I left some slack and some extra cord hanging out of the back of the panel so that I could attach the power supply to the light box using Velcro.
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