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Has anyone added LED lights to a router that doesn’t have them built in? I’m considering adding one of the headlamps you wear on your head for working to my DeWalt DW618 router. I could do it simply by using the band wrapped around the router motor and then angle the light downward for use, but then, that just wouldn’t be in keeping with my habit of overthought and complicated designs. So instead I’m thinking of making an entire new sub base assembly that has lighting and also addresses the lack of a vac port, and possibly even includes adaptation for edge guide use. Yesterday while browsing headlamps at Lowe’s I even discovered a DeWalt branded light, so now you just know this whole thing absolutely has to be designed around that, LOL!

If anyone has done any light add ons (or any router mods) I’d love to see them. Even if it’s just a dollar store light and double sided tape. I’d like to know how well it works and how many lumens is enough for a light. I have a 180 lumen light now and doing some experimenting with it I think it might be just a bit much but then again I am well on my way to going blind so maybe not. The DeWalt light is actually 200 lumens but it does have a low light output also, but I don’t know what that lumen level is.

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Harry did quite some time ago. It'll be in his uploads somewhere (back a ways most likely).

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Harry did quite some time ago. It'll be in his uploads somewhere (back a ways most likely).
Is this the one?
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I think Harry simply attached a small LED flashlight to a router. Don't recall how he did it. If I were going to try to do that, I'd probably use just a LED and attach a battery pack somewhere convenient and run a little wire to the LED. If you want the light to go on when you start the router, well, you're on your own.
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Thanks for tracking down that design. That’s interesting for sure. I hadn’t really thought about designing my own circuit, just adapting an existing light to a base. I’d also be totally ok if it doesn’t come on with the router. I can turn it on separately, and this will be good for helping me align bits to marks on wood before starting the router up.
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Harry had one too where he just mounted a pen light on one, and I think it was a newer model router than that. I got lucky and found it right away: https://www.routerforums.com/general...fc-router.html I got a light on the end of a flex rod with my Canadian Tire Dremel type tool kit. Something like it might work too if you could find a place to mount the battery box. Using the routers guide rod holes might be an option for mounting too as long as you aren't using the guide tool already.
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Ring LEDs...
there are a zillion variations and sizes...

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I started by fitting a small torch then a larger one and finally made an illuminated base shown in this pdf. Whilst the torches were all successful (to a point), the base was a complete success. I can't remember the specs of the LED's just that they were the brightest I could find on EBay
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Harry although I'm relatively a newbie here I'm finding that you are a treasure trove of great information. What was your profession before retiring?
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Thanks for your kind words Steve. I left high school in December 1949 after spending most of the final year in the physics lab. learning electronics from a wonderful master who had been a RADAR in instructor in the RAF during the war. He found me a job as an improver radio and TV technician. As a 16 year old "know it all" technicians around me were as new to television as I was so, unlike me they were wary of this new technology and so left me more or less to it! The result was that I progressed very quickly and this was the beginning of a very successful 50 year career, at least half of it in business, starting TV and audio, then audio only followed by VCR's only up to retirement in 2000.
As for woodworking I started very young, buying my first hand plane at age 13 and I've never stopped, that is until health problems stopped me about three years ago. My first router was purchased in 1974, a rather crude B&D.
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