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How to create your own hobby room - Part 1, Simple LightingHow to create your own hobby room - Part 1, Simple Lighting

WingWing3 years agoTutorial
Hello,

Welcome to the first installment on how to create your own hobby room. This is Wing and I am mostly known for my Humble Room posts.

In part one of this tutorial I shall show how to incorporate simple fluorescent light tubes into your hobby room.

Here is an example of how I used fluorescent light tubes in my hobby room.

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In this example you can:-
1) Attach them to your displays/shelves to light up your collection
2) Lay them on a shelf/side table to light up your collection
3) Place them behind something (e.g a tv) to add ambient lighting


To incorporate fluorescent light tubes in your hobby room you will need:-

1) Fluorescent light tubes (they come in various colours) or LED light tubes
2) Loose two core one sheath PVC insulated copper wire (to extend your wire)
3) Insulating tape
4) Loose 2 or 3 pin plug
5) Screw driver (depending on the plug you use)

If you want to attach them to shelves/displays you will need:-

6) Double sided adhesive tape
7) Adhesive wire hooks

Before I start, please note that I am not an electrician, this is just a basic guide to wiring, to be cautious please consult an electrician if you are unsure of anything.

Step 1.

Take the fluorescent light out of the packaging and find the included wire which should come with it.

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Step 2.

Take the wire, remove the tip and using your finger tips, slightly split the two core wires.

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Step 3.

Depending on where your power output is you may need to extend your wires. Twist together the two exposed copper core wires to the two exposed copper core wires of your extension wire. Use insulating tape to cover the exposed wires. Make sure to wrap it tight.Please take extra precaution when dealing with wiring, make sure no wires are exposed, that the wires are wrapped tight and to only use insulating tape

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Step 4.

Unscrew the cap of the loose 2 or 3 pin plug, take the other end of the extension wire and connect the two core wires into your spare plug. It doesn't matter which way you attach it.

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Step 5.

Screw the cap back on

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At this point you can then plug in to your power source and lay your fluorescent tube where you so wish. But if you want to attach them to a shelf, here is a simple way to attach them.

Step 6.

Attach the double sided adhesive tape on to your fluorescent light, in this example I attached it to the side of the tube so that it will face inwards.
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Step 7.

Using, soapy water or alcohol wipes, clean the surface of the area in which you want to attach your light tube. Finally attach the light tube to the intended area and connect the wire.

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Step 8.

You can use adhesive wire sorters to secure your wires.

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That is it. I hope this tutorial helped. Please leave a comment if you have any questions. If you liked this tutorial please suggest what else you would like me to do a tutorial about.

To end, here are some more examples for your imagination.
Have a good day :)

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Keripo 「ケリポ」
Great start but I have to point out an important notice to readers:

Please, please, PLEASE take extra precautions when playing around with electric wiring. Ensure that every single wire is WELL-COVERED using electrical insulating tape (regular tape should NOT be used) and there is no risk of the wires either touching each other or touching any other metal furniture. Also make sure that NOTHING IS PLUGGED IN while you are connecting the wires. At the end of the day, there should be NO EXPOSED WIRES ANYWHERE. If possible/have access, turn off power first through your house/unit's electrical panels (it should look like a panel of circuit breakers/fuses somewhere in your wall, probably inside a closet/behind a door/etc.).

DIY projects are fun and all, but SAFETY FIRST! If you are going to be setting up a large number of these, please consult a local electrician who may be able to help you out in a safer manner.

~Keripo
3 years ago
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nanadayolo (3 years ago) #3017815sorry this is kind of unrelated, but where did you get the clear stair casey looking shelves? I've been looking for that type of thing for my figures but couldnt find anything :(

You can buy them on ebay. I also made some myself by heating re-mouldable plastic sheets over a heated plate and bending it on a vice. I hope that helps.
3 years ago
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rubyserpent_720 (3 years ago) #3017842My god your room is amazing! Thanks for the wiring tips. I don't feel confident in working on electricity myself but I will definitely come back to this post if I ever take a stab at it.

Thank you for the comment. Once you do decide to do some lights please link me to your results :) and please look out for my other installments!
3 years ago
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My god your room is amazing! Thanks for the wiring tips. I don't feel confident in working on electricity myself but I will definitely come back to this post if I ever take a stab at it.
3 years ago
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sorry this is kind of unrelated, but where did you get the clear stair casey looking shelves? I've been looking for that type of thing for my figures but couldnt find anything :(
3 years ago
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--Vaultkai101-- (3 years ago) #3016115well...for me...the first step is probably owing a house first.... I'm a first year University student renting an apartment near school...not much option for "customizing" a room :( Will definitely have my own hobby room in the future!! They say, its never too early to start preparing XD
PS: On the plus side, i do have a 2015 Mercedes C350 :D maybe a "how to create your own customized car"? already have some cuz small figs on top of my dashboard ~.~ looks great and unique!!


Heya, thanks for the comment. I definitely understand your situation, I did the same for my 7 years of university in the UK. During those 7 years I was already planning my hobby room, researching on ways to improve it and on what figures to purchase once I finished my education. I like your idea of small figures on your car :)
3 years ago
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mintea (3 years ago) #3017088First of all, I would like to say that your room is amazing. The lighting fixtures on the ceiling are great, and the french doors leading into another part of the house look nice. The warm lighting gives a very cozy feeling.
Aside from that, I do have a question before attempting anything like this: I've used LED lights before and they're really simple and easy to use and from what I'm aware of, the light doesn't harm the figures whatsoever, even if exposure is prolonged. Can you say the same of the fluorescent tube lights? LEDs remain fairly cool (which is why we use them for things like indoor Christmas lights, otherwise it could start a fire on a dried out tree for example), but don't the fluorescent ones get hot? Like too hot to want to put near figs I mean. Do you turn them off for a set amount of time? It's a very nice idea, but I wouldn't want to cause any damage to the figures I buy if I did this.
Pretty sure the fumes from PVC are toxic... I think one would care about their life more than their figures.


Hello, thank you for the comment.

People note that this is only from my own experience. I have been using these fluorescent light tubes for more or less 5 years now. These are 220v/50hz/18w lights. I have had figures under those lights for more or less 5 years with the lights on for the majority of the day or night. None of my figures are damaged in any way, no discoloring or melting. They are not hot at all, you can hold these bulbs with your hands and they feel lukewarm. The figures never leave room temperature because the heat is so mild it never reach them. If you are still unsure please get LED lights, I use LED light bulbs for my wall hanging lights. I hope that answers your questions.
3 years ago
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yacoob (3 years ago) #3016885Are you familiar with the term itasha? :D

Haha ofc :D ive looked up those stickers online 0.o but never thought of actually putting those stickers on.... too much attention XD
3 years ago
0pt
First of all, I would like to say that your room is amazing. The lighting fixtures on the ceiling are great, and the french doors leading into another part of the house look nice. The warm lighting gives a very cozy feeling.

Aside from that, I do have a question before attempting anything like this: I've used LED lights before and they're really simple and easy to use and from what I'm aware of, the light doesn't harm the figures whatsoever, even if exposure is prolonged. Can you say the same of the fluorescent tube lights? LEDs remain fairly cool (which is why we use them for things like indoor Christmas lights, otherwise it could start a fire on a dried out tree for example), but don't the fluorescent ones get hot? Like too hot to want to put near figs I mean. Do you turn them off for a set amount of time? It's a very nice idea, but I wouldn't want to cause any damage to the figures I buy if I did this.

King_of_MFC (3 years ago) #3016519Fire!!! All figures melted. Great...
Pretty sure the fumes from PVC are toxic... I think one would care about their life more than their figures.
3 years ago
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--Vaultkai101-- (3 years ago) #3016115i do have a 2015 Mercedes C350 :D maybe a "how to create your own customized car"

Are you familiar with the term itasha? :D
3 years ago
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Fire!!! All figures melted. Great...Keripo (3 years ago) #3015694Great start but I have to point out an important notice to readers:
Please, please, PLEASE take extra precautions when playing around with electric wiring. Ensure that every single wire is WELL-COVERED using electrical insulating tape (regular tape should NOT be used) and there is no risk of the wires either touching each other or touching any other metal furniture. Also make sure that NOTHING IS PLUGGED IN while you are connecting the wires. At the end of the day, there should be NO EXPOSED WIRES ANYWHERE. If possible/have access, turn off power first through your house/unit's electrical panels (it should look like a panel of circuit breakers/fuses somewhere in your wall, probably inside a closet/behind a door/etc.).
DIY projects are fun and all, but SAFETY FIRST! If you are going to be setting up a large number of these, please consult a local electrician who may be able to help you out in a safer manner.
~Keripo
3 years ago
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