Post by jackleblond on Mar 25, 2019 15:54:00 GMT -5
I didn't like not being able to see what the bit was doing when the dust collection skirt was down against material and I saw somebody on Instagram with a ring light on their machine, so I decided to see if I could figure one out.
I found some led lights that are supposed to be installed as decoration around car headlights on amazon pretty cheap (2 for $12) hopefully the links will work amzn.to/2JDIOk8. They work on either 12 or 24 volt (the Axiom provides 24) and already have double-stick tape on them. They ship with a hard plastic lens/cover, I removed that and just stuck the light under the dust collector plate.
I snaked wires up through the same place as the spindle wires & coolant, then followed the same path out to the side and spliced wires onto the same plug as is show in the install video for the Axiom LED lights. I didn't pay too close attention to cost of connectors etc, but all total, I'm under $20. I had an extra large zip-tie that I found worked extremely well to feed wires through all the tight places.
Hopefully pictures show well enough to be beneficial. Let me know if you have questions.
Post by traindriver on Mar 25, 2019 20:59:16 GMT -5
That's a great idea! My history with the tape that comes on led strip lights is that it fails when the lights are left on for a long time because they heat up. I have since taken to using hot glue to hold led lights in place, so if the sticky stuff on the ring light comes loose (and the bit doesn't tear it up), hot glue will do the trick.
That's a great idea! My history with the tape that comes on led strip lights is that it fails when the lights are left on for a long time because they heat up. I have since taken to using hot glue to hold led lights in place, so if the sticky stuff on the ring light comes loose (and the bit doesn't tear it up), you hot glue will do the trick.
There are (at least) two kinds of "hot glue"...there's HOT hot glue - 375-400 degrees F (a dab on your finger WILL burn you) and then there's low-temp hot glue (used for craft work and "safer for kids") 200-250 degrees. I can't imagine that the light strips would get hot enough to melt the low-temp glue...it might be better to use that one than the "industrial strength" (which WILL melt the foam-tape-that-didn't-stick if the tip of the gun contacts it).
Michael's sells the low temp guns dirt cheap (about $3). They are smaller and easy to use in tight/delicate situations. I have both kinds. The high temp is good for putting together things that you don't (ever) want to come apart, but it tends to be more brittle. Obviously, you have less "working time" with the low temp glues.