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    Default Little DIY project - advice needed..

    I'm carrying out a little project for our son's bedroom - which involved a push light - one of these in-cupboard things - mounted on the wall....

    But I want more light out of it and longer battery life - it takes 4 AA batteries - but without much more heat - as you can see the internals include paper and card!

    So I think I should be able to replace the 'bulb' - stange bulb at that - with LED's - maybe a cluster or 5 or 6 around the unit.

    Anyone any suggestions what i should be buying to carry this out?

    The inside of the light.....


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    Maybe a new light matey..........

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    Cant find one that fits the bill.

    The light needs to be of this size and design - and not mains powered because of the location on the wall, I'm looking at a number of LED options but would rather some confirmation saying - go to maplins and buy these bits....... it would make my life easier and the project come together.

    10 points if anyone can guess what the project may be...

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    Why not just buy 8 rechargeables? When one set is in the lamp the others can be charging.

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    A quick upgrade would be to remove the paper and replace it with tin foil, this would increase the light output through reflection.

    As for the LED's get a cheap LED torch and use them as they are already configured in a holder that should be easy to fit.

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    A thought, is there no way of getting mains power there? Possibly use a AC-DV inverter to lower the voltage to 9v so it is safe (If that is what you are concerned with)....

    LEDs yes would work but emit a strange light. Get to Maplins they have everything on shelf you would need.

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    Auto lights in the cupboard? Open the door, light comes on. Close door, light goes off?

    Point Winner ???

    As said above, LEDs give a slightly strange light colour. Could you not replace the paper / card with tin cooking foil and replace the bulb with a higher power output 6V one? Maybe even increasing the size of the battery to those with the 2 springs on top and about 2" square and 4" high. These would last a LOT longer and easy to replace without removing the light from the wall. Could the battery be supported up near the light or on a shelf with a thin wire to the light????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste
    Auto lights in the cupboard? Open the door, light comes on. Close door, light goes off???
    No prize this time..

    I need them to be non mains as they will be mounted a fair way from a socket and I dont really want trailing wires on his walls.

    I would like a brighter light output and understand LEDs only output a small beam, so a series of bulbs would give an even output. I was also planning on spraying the base silver, including the inside of the base.

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    They would, but you'd have to frig the battery holder to only use 3 rechargeable batteries (3.6V) or use the 6V dropdown resistors they sell to protect them from over voltage, which will fry 'em.

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