DIY Darwin Award

All good Strobists go to heaven. Some, perhaps, sooner than others.

If you happen to have an unneeded engineer's lamp and maybe some extra life expectancy lying around, you may wish to consider this DIY slaved desk-lamp flash.

With it's sexy, open, all-metal design, you're sure to shock your friends and neighbors with your lighting prowess. Yessiree, this baby plugs right into the wall (230 volts AC) eliminating the need for those expensive, potentially life-sparing AA's.

Just perfect for that added depth-of-field you need when photographing small, inquisitive children as they run around your studio.

(Thanks to tarjei99 for the tip. And for the love of Pete, please do not build one of these things.)



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see why people shouldn't build one. THEY SHOULD REMEMBER TO BUILD IT SAFELY, NOT HOW IT IS DONE ON THAT SITE.

The circuit is safe and interesting, the manufacture is terrible. Build safely folks. Earth everything made from metal and you are generally OK.

August 31, 2007 3:47 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Love it! If you earth the metalwork, and plug it into an RCD -- and enclose the circuitry! -- it would probably be fairly safe.

Not that I'm suggesting you build one, of course :)

Tim J.

August 31, 2007 5:37 AM  
Blogger Alan Sircom said...

All it needs is a little sign saying 'insert tongue here'...

August 31, 2007 6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure I won't be home brewing a 220 volt strobe light; however, the idea of adapting one of these light arms IS interesting.

I can imagine a stud type adapter on each end; one to attach to my light stand and the other end used to hold a speedlight. It seems this would be handy when you're searching around for just the right light angle when shooting table-top objects. It would avoid moving the whole lightstand and/or jacking around with the telescoping feature.

Time to dust off the old drill press.

August 31, 2007 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other than to get more page views ( :) ) why did this front page post have a link for "Full Post" when there was nothing more in the post after the jump?

August 31, 2007 9:22 AM  
Blogger Zinnia said...

I found your blog very interesting. That´s why I just included your blog between my links for Blog day

August 31, 2007 9:54 AM  
Blogger David said...


Nope. I simply cannot figure out how to get it not to appear if the post is not broken up.

I did change the label from "read more" to "More: Full Post and Comments," tho. Maybe a -30- at the end of each post from my newspaper days.


August 31, 2007 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

Strobist - teaching you about more than just lighting!



August 31, 2007 1:11 PM  
Blogger worldwideweems said...

Looks like somebody is dying to save a little money.

(I should go into hiding to avoid arrest by the bad pun police.)

August 31, 2007 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like a ready made magic arm and reflector, ready to be adapted to various uses with a vivitar 283.

August 31, 2007 4:25 PM  
Blogger jeff said...

Holy Smokes Batman! I can imagine the smell of burning hair as I type this!

August 31, 2007 4:42 PM  
Blogger Charles C Stirk Jr said...

Isn't there some sort of flash unit bulb type that screw into light fixtures with the standard E26 Edison screw base ...... I know I have seen these some ware ...

August 31, 2007 5:50 PM  
Blogger jsaldivar1 said...

PLEASE NOTE: 230V Line-to-Neutral does not exist in households in the United States. That's for *other* countries that derive single phase power from 400V... In the US, we have 220V (a.k.a. 208V) service derived from Line-to-Line and our L-N is 120V... You will need to use a Step-UP transformer to build and use one in the US... Safety First!!!

-Jeff S., BSEE, PE

August 31, 2007 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the looks of that contraption it was posted on the correct site, (LULLABY.COM), because it sure could put you to sleep for a long time.

August 31, 2007 8:48 PM  

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