A Simple Lightbox

Message 36353. Here’s Mine

Posted By Keith Downing (

Date 2/10/2003 1:44:44 AM

I went to The Home Depot and bought a cheap 2’x4′ fluorescent light diffuser, the type that goes in the suspended acoustical ceiling light fixtures. I think it was under $5. I bought 3 table lamps for $8 each, and 100 watt light bulbs. I took a 12″x12″x16″ cardboard packing box and cut out holes in the sides and in the top. I cut the diffuser in pieces and taped them over the holes on the outside of the box. The box flaps in the front can be used to provide a non reflective surface. The lights shine from outside the box on the sides and top. Obviously, you can play with light distances, bulb wattage, position of the lights, and number of lights. This set up also has the advantage of being folded up for easy storage when not in use.

Here’s another option I’m playing with. Turning the box upside down and creating a light table. I used white printer paper for a translucent base. You can vary the light by how many pieces of paper you use. You can turn the paper up in front of the dial to reduce/eliminate reflections. I glued white pieces of printer paper to the bottom (top in this configuration) of the box to improve light diffusion and give another non reflective surface.

I’m already thinking of getting another light diffuser and a larger box to work with.

Best WIShes,

Keith Downing

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