How to Create an LED Panel out of an Old TV Monitor

As photographers and videographers, let's be honest, we never have enough light equipment. But it can quickly become quite expensive! Thanks to DIY Perks, if you own an old TV that you don't use anymore, you won't have to break your bank account to add a new LED panel to your kit. 

DIY Perks is undoubtedly one of the YouTube channels to follow if you are into photography, videography, or tech in general. Matt, the content creator behind the channel, has released numerous videos showing how to create sound panels, lighting equipment, and other fun stuff. In his latest video, he explains how to transform an old LED TV into a realistic artificial daylight LED panel. The result is superb, and the process doesn't require much work. So, even if you are not a DIYer at heart, you should be able to manage to get a decent result. The only danger is not frying yourself with the capacitors, so be careful and follow proper safety procedures.

Looking at the video, I can't wait to put my hands on a couple of old monitors and TVs to give it a try. This is truly fantastic for photographers who love soft, natural light but still want to shoot at anytime but without strobes. The same goes for videographers who don't want to or cannot invest in brand new expensive LED panels. Even better yet, it also helps with recycling old equipment! I wish there were more ideas like this one to help recycle old electronic equipment.

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Quentin Décaillet is a photographer and retoucher based in Switzerland specializing in portrait and wedding photography.

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This is mighty brilliant. Now I just need to figure out where to get broken TVs. Called the local government recycle depot and they said it is against their policy to let people come take the busted TVs that get dropped off. (something about liability)

Old school CRTs were very dangerous because the capacitors could store a charge for a long time, I can see how that would lead to that policy whether newer LED TVs have the problem or not