Matt over at DIY Perks, a Youtube channel dedicated to electronic based DIY projects, made a tutorial on how to build a 1000w equivalent liquid cooled LED light. The best part is it's daylight balanced at 5600k so perfect for simulating a sunny day or Window light when the sun just won't cooperate.
I'm a big fan of both DIY projects and LED electronics. I've made a bunch of custom built LED light fixtures and devices that work with my Home Automation setup and Philips Hue lighting system. So I'm always looking for a new weekend project and this one looks like a great addition to any studio. It seems Matt built it primarily for video lighting but I could see this being useful for all kinds of scenarios, Macro photography, interior architectural shots, boudoir shoots on a cloudy day, and just about any studio assignment where you might want to simulate sunlight.
The design is pretty simple and doesn't require a lot of technical know how to assemble. The most difficult part is having to do a little soldering for the LED and control board which really isn't that difficult even for someone who hasn't done it before. The water cooling system is completely self contained and comes fully assembled and Matt even managed to use the original brackets that come with it to connect it even easier.
It's not the cheapest DIY project I’ve come across but when I looked into how much a similar light would cost the cheapest I could find was around $500 and some got really expensive fast. There are cheaper alternatives to some of the parts listed so you could probably make this on a budget but the quality of light might be sacrificed which is more important for video usage than still.
Here is a Bonus DIY project from DIY Perks on how to make affordable flexible LED light panels.
[via DIY Perks]