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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:05 pm    Post subject: DIY: Make a Test Light (Video) Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbzBFyn6V2c

Video tutorial on how to make a cheap and easy temporary test light. If you have all the materials laying around, you should even be able to make this for free! This test light can be used to determine if you are receiving power at a certain area. This is a 12V application. The test light is unable to determine how much power an area is getting, but you will see if there is a drop in voltage if the light is dime or not as bright when it is connected directly to the battery.

Tools/Supplies Needed:
-wire strippers
-electrical tape
-12V light bulb (tail light, brake light, marker light, reverse light, etc)
-2 12" lengths of wire or 1 double molded 12" length of wire

Procedure:
-find an appropriate light bulb for the application, mine came from the tail light
-cut a length of wire to the appropriate size using the wire strippers
-strip the casing off the wire on each end, 1/8" to 1/4" in length of bare wire exposed
-using the electrical tape, secure on wire to the side of the light bulb casing which is the negative contact
-using the electrical tape again, secure the other wire to the bottom contact of the bulb which is the positive
-add extra electrical tape if needed
-test light on battery to ensure it works
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

with a test light being so cheap. why would anyone want to make one. they are in the dollar store.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

but if you do want to make one, solder works much better than tape
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JAHBLESSINGS wrote:
with a test light being so cheap. why would anyone want to make one. they are in the dollar store.


That is true, but what if you needed one in a pinch and the stores weren't open Wink

eieio wrote:
but if you do want to make one, solder works much better than tape


This was just intended to be for temporary usage and I know everyone does not always have access to the a soldering iron.

Thanks for the input though guys! Smile
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