How to make a super bright LED light panel (for video work etc)

Here’s how to make a super-bright LED light panel. It’s equivalent to a 1000w incandescent light bulb, and it’s super useful for video work as it has a daylight colour temperature and doesn’t use PWM for dimming. There are 900 individual LEDs in this panel, which is why it’s so bright.

Here’s a list of parts:
(you can purchase from either eBay, Amazon, or AliExpress)

















The following are better sourced from your own local hardware store:

a sheet of 6mm MDF

a sheet of 18mm MDF

2x aluminium tubes or wooden dowels

a switch

magnet wire

6.8k resistor

small & medium wood screws

a sheet of plexiglass.

12 awg wire

a small fan

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If you attempt this project you do so at your own risk. I assume no responsibility for any injuries or damages caused to people or property during its construction or use.

If you are under 18, a responsible adult must be present when using power tools.

I have taken care in making sure the information in this video is accurate. However,I am unable to provide any warranty concerning the accuracy or completeness of any information contained in the video.


34 thoughts on “How to make a super bright LED light panel (for video work etc)

  1. Hi Matt
    What if I want to build a smaller LED light, which voltage regulator do I need if I still want to dim the light? And how do I calculate how many amps and how much current the LEDs needs?

  2. Hey, this video is very impressive. Im not really experienced very much with this stuff but what about insulation. I'm interested in making even a smaller build for my girlfriend but id rather not accidentally kill one of us. So my question is do you not need to insulate the exposed wires?

  3. hey all. Im building this and i got my leds all soldered. How do i hook it up to a 12v power source. is it as simple as taking a laptop adapter, striping the wiring and hooking it up?

  4. Hi
    I like your videos i´m suscribed
    I want to ask you How can i use this kind of led for ilumination at home like a bulb?
    I want to have 30w for my living my room etc..
    I live in colombia and here we have 120V AC
    Can you suggest me a page or a tutorial were i find the info i need?

  5. Is it possible for you to give us some kind of idea of it's actual output in Lumens or take some lighter meter measurements ISO 100 to 400. Shutter speeds from 60 to 1000 and see what kind of F-Stops you're getting?

    Super Bright is somewhat relative. 1000 Watts is what in Lumens or Lux? I have no idea.

  6. Awesome video, just ordered stuff to make 3 lights (bit smaller though). Does anyone know where to get light diffuser sheets and also diffusing sheet that change the color temperature a bit?

  7. Hi Matt,

    Love your videos, I must have nearly watched all of them by now.

    In this video you solder positives to a wire and negatives to another then these to wires are connected to the power source. Is there any benefit to this compared to wiring each LED in the loop as though they were one strip. i.e. wire + to + and – to – then follow the flow to the end of that strip and repeat.

  8. hi i want to ask that i did not the any thing like STEP-DOWN VOLTAGE REGULATOR but instead i got some thing like the M032

    DC Converter 10-32V to 12-35V 150W Boost Voltage Charger Step Up Booster will it work i set the voltage out put 12v pls help

    is there any other thing i use to drive the led panel TANKS for the build

  9. Thanks so much for the video. I just finished the build of my first lamp and I ordered the parts for the second one. I changed one thing. I used only 5m of LED stripes. The stripes I bought, draw 14,5W/m which is almost 75W. (I measured the current and the voltage and  the stripe really draws the 70W!)

    When I use 5m, the 100W voltage reulator doesn't get too hot. I use a 12V/6A power supply.

    So everything fits nicely together. The dimming works just fine. I did some test footage with my camera and I found out, that for indoor use, one LED stripe is bright enough.

    But I want to have more lights in order to get a three point lighting.

    My next project is to build  your DIY camera slider. Looking forward to it.

  10. Seeing as this video is now 2 years old.  Are you still using this light?  Any issues with the adhesive of the strips?  Any other issues?  I've started to build the same so if there are things I could address now, it would be helpful.

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