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« on: August 24, 2007 10:09:10 PM »

Here's a revamped lighting fixture in my bathroom:

We had this boring light fixture in our bathroom - it was just a sheet of cheap, translucent plastic between us and some bare light bulbs.  It's mounted to our aluminum medicine cabinet and sort of juts out on top.

I was lucky enough to find some strips of b&w film headed for the garbage at my local college.  The images are of a science experiment involving lights and newts.  Very cool:

I removed the plastic sheeting from the metal frame (it's removable for easy replacement of lightbulbs) and arranged the filmstrips on top with some good ol' packing tape.  I had to do a bit of cutting and trimming, but the strips all fit amazingly well. 

I overlapped the film when possible (there were some blank frames on the ends) to minimize the lines that holes that showed up from cutting up the film.  It turned out pretty nice, and it diffuses the light in a pleasant way.  The only problem is that the heat from the light bulbs caused bits of film to disintegrate. 

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2007 10:37:56 PM »

I love that.  Don't know what it is about light behind old negatives, slides or x-rays - but it is definitely wonderful.  Great idea.

How is the packing tape holding up to the heat from the light bulbs?

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2007 10:41:01 PM »

Oddly enough, the tape is holding up quite well. I haven't noticed any deterioration in that department.

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2007 11:50:45 PM »

That is a marvelous idea! Now I'm going to be looking in the garbage cans at my college a little closer Smiley

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2007 06:05:10 AM »

Ooh!  I like that!  It's like having a light table on your wall.

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2007 06:35:03 AM »

This is awesome! I'm such a science geek that I totally want one. When I moved out of my old school about 7 years ago, there was a cabinet full of old filmstrips. Nobody knew what to do with them since we didn't have any more film strip projectors, so they all got tossed. Oh, if only there had been a Craftster back then! I cringe when I think of all of the cool stuff I could have made that is now lost forever...

To help with the melting, can you switch the bulbs to compact flourescent ones? They put out much less heat.

Thank you so much fo sharing this. I'm going to keep my eyes and ears peeled for old filmstrips in my new school!

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2007 04:41:16 PM »

I love it!!! That's a great idea and it looks awesome!
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