Cheap and decent quality LED lights can be found online easily these days; however, sometimes, you have to make specific sacrifices in either quality or function to get those cheaper prices. That's when DIY comes in.
Building your own LED lights may not be for everyone, but if you're like me, building something exactly how you want it is half the fun. Back when DSLR video cameras first hit the market, the DIY movement was massive, filling that gap for smaller and more affordable video solutions. Cheaper and often Chinese-made products have taken over that role mostly, and there is an abundance of options now.
However, I still like to make my own things when the opportunity arises, and these DIY LED Lights designed by Matt over at DIY Perks really look nice. Every tutorial I've seen from DIY Perks has always used high-quality electronics, which results in really good products. The LEDs used this time are no different. The tutorial itself is easy to follow and full of details that you can change and customize to make these lights exactly how you would like them. I can think of several ways to use these lights and plan to make several for my smaller home studio space that I use for a lot of product photos I take in my Fstoppers articles. I might even use a couple for house lights, as I really like the look of these.
Those looks really nice. But man that looks like a lot of work.