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I found that amber color LEDs give you the best viewing, they cut through all the background lighting, and really stand out. routers that have built in led lights have a tap on the field winding, as well as a rectifier and a resistor, so, it's a bit involved to add one that is built in..
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Amazing, isn't it Harry, how you can still have an impact on younger people even though you can't do the shop stuff yourself any longer. Way to go Harry!
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I picked up a cheap 15" LED strip from Banggood and mounted it on the bottom of the gantry of my CNC. Even added a dimmer, bright fr setup and dimmer while routing
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I picked up a cheap 15" LED strip from Banggood and mounted it on the bottom of the gantry of my CNC. Even added a dimmer, bright fr setup and dimmer while routing
Wow is that ever a great idea ! I can see that catching on in a hurry

I dont always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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My first router was a craftsman in 1975 It had a bolt on flashlight as an attachment , worked until a chip hit the lens
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You might find this site useful as a source for parts. https://www.superbrightleds.com/?msc...ontent=General

I think I'd start with a power supply meant for an LED light of some sort. We used to call it full wave rectified--a steady stream of direct current. A half wave unit will just cause filckering. You can find raw LEDs in a variety of places. They have raw wire leads you'd have to insulate if you just attached the LEDs to the inside of the base, so you'd want to lay a coat of plastic to where the wires would connect as insulation, or use some fine heat shrink wrap to insulate. I think you could tape the wire from the power supply to the LED to the router's power cord. Rockler has some non adhesive wrap that might do for this, but I wouldn't use standard duct tape with its gooey adhesive. For occasional use, a battery would be easier, but not for constant use.

The idea to me is to integrate the LEDs with the base with the least bulk you can, that means raw LEDs glued in place with epoxy, to me.

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This low cost one from, I think K Mart some years ago was very useful.
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just a Public Service Announcement from a guy in the lighting field.

If you have a choice of color temperatures, the highest perceived illumination for the human eye will come from 4000-6500 K temperature LEDs. That's why parking garages use 5000k color that isn't very pretty, but they meet code requirements for foot candles while keeping power consumption to a minimum. Contrast is what the human eye needs in order to see details. Think about newspapers and how in bright environments you may not need reading glasses.

4000k is a typical commercial color used in offices etc, altho a lot of that is changing. 2700-3000 is what you see in residential kitchens and washrooms. 3500 k is used in most architectural designs.

6500 gives the best pop of colours etc and is what I use to light up my workshop.

If you really have a choice, CRI (color rendering index) is standardized at 80+, some nicer spaces call for 90+ and museums and other high value environments call for even higher numbers. I believe California recently introduced 95CRI requirements for their (new) street lighting. This will eventually be adopted throughout the industry, so everything will end up looking nicer.

Think about how when walking thru Home Depot's lighting section, the glare and harshness has improved every year......along with light levels and efficiencies.

It's a great time to be alive and see all these (new) technologies mature and flourish.......


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6500 also known as illuminate D or TV white is the colour temperature of a pure white TV screen (when set up correctly) .

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