My family and I live in a 42 year old town home just outside of DC, and when we purchased it the lighting reflected the home's age. Before we moved in almost 4 years ago we had many improvements done to the lighting and electrical - except for the laundry/utility room.
This is an unfinished room, with exposed studs overhead and on 1 wall - cinder block on the back wall, and the back side of old wood paneling on the other wall (which has been painted on the finished side - a rec room.
Lighting for this approximately 12 foot deep/8 foot wide room is/was provided by a single overhead light bulb and a hanging fluorescent fixture. Corners where tools and 'stuff' are stored are dark and dreary - plus the 'junk' is hidden...that's a good thing and a bad thing.
So I decided to do something about it, and use it as my pilot LED conversion project.
Here's the room - not showing the entire room - embarrassed to:
Here were the light sources
So I ordered and received the following:
8 Indus Stars with Cree XPG R2 at 4000 CCT
1 Xitanium 17 watt 700 mA driver
Various optics (for experimenting)
4 angle brackets - 3/4 inch x 36 inches
Various pieces and parts - wire, etc., to support the install.
First I drilled mounting holes in the brackets
Then mounted the stars with Arctic Alumina, and let them cure over night
This morning, gathered all my 'stuff' in the laundry room - used the washer for a work bench
Mounted the brackets on the studs - emitters are covered with masking tape
1 of the 4 brackets mounted - 2 LEDs per bracket
The 31degree wide angle frosted optics - ended up mounting these on 3 of the 8 LEDs
Drilled holes to run all the wires
Ran the wires for series connection - (the white wires are unrelated)
People that build and do mods have a new level of respect from me! What a pain - soldering these joints. Doing it upside down and overhead was a real pain, too.
Made the full series loop and connected the driver
Checked all the connections - corrected a couple of mistakes, took a deep breath and fired it up - SUCCESS! Now you can see the major mess of a laundry room that will soon be better organized
I learned quite a bit doing this. To protect them I won't name them, but a couple of VERY well respected CPF members/builders/modders offered free advice. Cost of the project?
LED/Stars - 8x $6 - $48
Driver - $28
Angle Brackets - ~ $4 each for 4 or $16
Wire - about $20
Optics - about $20 total, although I didn't use 'em all.
So for a bit over $100 and a day's labor, my laundry room has nice, even lighting and we know just what a mess it really is!
What did I learn? Soldering is a pain. In this application, the best light is provided from bare LEDs, although 3 of the lights performed better using the optics. I'll likely need to move 2 of the LEDs slightly - I put them right near the doorway and a section of duct work overhead blocks the light - I think the light will be better utilized on the other side of the duct work. That will be done tomorrow.
So, thought I'd share. I hope to do many more home lighting retrofits, a la Don Mcleish (although my work doesn't even approach the quality of Don's!) It's fun, and the results are quite satisfying.