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Published on February 11th, 2014 | by Edwin

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Expedit Light Box





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A simple hack for my first post. I took a Skubb storage box, flipped it upside down, hung an LED bulb, and slid the whole thing into an Expedit bookshelf.

A few things to remember:

1. It has to be a Skubb storage box, not the nearly identical, more Expedit-friendly Drona. This is because Drona is simply too opaque. You might also try the Lekman, but I wanted something to diffuse the light.

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2. Make sure the bulb is LED. The enclosed space can get quite hot otherwise, and you don’t want your little hack to catch fire.

I’d love to see everyone’s take on this. I’m sure there are a million ways to make a light box, this was just the easiest and cheapest way I could find.

Thanks!

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5 Responses to Expedit Light Box

  1. D says:

    Brilliant and funny hack! ;-)

  2. LindaC says:

    This is cute, but I need more details. How did you hang the lightbulb, for example?

  3. Joan says:

    Cool! But I’m with linda, could you upload photos about the lightbulb inside the box??

    Thanks!!

  4. Edwin says:

    Hey folks, sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

    The Skubb box’s bottom is zippered, so I flipped it upside down and opened the zipper to the middle. I taped it so it wouldn’t move, but a more permanent idea would be to glue it in place.

    I then positioned the bulb in the box, hanging it directly in the middle using the locked zipper as leverage. I taped the bulb in this position along the edges of the box so it wouldn’t slide down over time.

    I’m sure I’ll change where this box lives, so I didn’t want a permanent option. A little glue or perhaps a bit of sewing could make for a long term solution

  5. LindaC says:

    Thanks, Edwin, for explaining that. I figured you used the zippered opening for the lightbulb to go through, but didn’t know how you held the lightbulb up on the top of the expedit section. I suppose you could attach a socket with screws? It looks cool. Thanks.

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