Making my DIY fluorescent ring light $50

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I wanted a ring light I could use for video with my iPhone and camera. I didn't understand the ballast thing for a while, but then, I realized that each ballast tells you what model number of light tube to use. So, I found the light tubes I wanted, then searched for the ballast that would work. I saw tutorials for making LED ring lights and they seemed really complicated. This one isn't complicated, but it wasn't as simple as it could have been - e.g. if I used a shiny tray instead of an oil drip pan and foil tape, that would have removed a step. I probably could have gotten some proper hardware for mounting to the tripod (or light stand) also, then I wouldn't have needed to make that wooden thing. I think the only thing you can't see in the photos below is that I put washers around two wood screws and screwed through the pan into the wooden cross to connect them. I use a camera behind the ring and an iPhone in front of the ring. 12in Light Tube 8in Light Tube Fluorescent Ballast Plug Thing Plus this stuff dollar store aluminum foil tape dollar store oil pan old duct tape roll scrap wood 1/4"-20 insert nut (for mounting it to a tripod) (home depot) matte black paint gaffers tape zip ties wood glue screws (dollar store) washers (dollar store) IMG_4300 IMG_4301 IMG_4302 IMG_4303 IMG_4304 IMG_4307 IMG_4308 IMG_4309 IMG_4310 IMG_4319 IMG_4315 Mounted on a tripod with camera behind mounted on another tripod IMG_4317 My JOBY phone holder wedges into the tube pretty nicely when an iPhone 5s is in it with case. That's how I took this photo. IMG_4306

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