I built this 160w CFL grow light so my chillis can get a head start on the warm weather. The light hood is a basic painted MDF frame and the inside is lined with a windshield reflector and flashing tape.
Each side has four B22 sockets salvaged from some old party lights with 20w globes installed.
My dog could use a new tag and I'm conveniently doing some work for BK Signs at the moment. They're a visual promotions company in Broome, Western Australia. As an added job perk, they're equipped with plenty of toys including a CNC router, wide format printer and the Roland Camm-2 engraver used to make this dog tag.
The software package Signlab by Cadlink was used to design the tag and feed the engraver its instructions. Bailey's name is engraved on one side and my phone number on the other. It's much easier to get a clean result with professional equipment and it's nice to have access to it.
I'm currently staying in Broome with my brother for a few weeks so I thought I might share one of his creations. This aquaponics system consists of two 1000 ltr IBC's (Intermediate Bulk Containers) which are typically used for the transport and storage of fluids. One IBC is cut in two creating the main grow bed and sump while the other is home to ten barramundi.
This project combines a small craft box, 12v case fan, aquarium carbon filter, dc boost converter and some basic electronic components to create a USB powered fume extractor which treats your lungs to some clean air when soldering.
I wanted the ability to run this unit from a USB port and not require batteries or a wall wort as my bench power supply has an available port. I'll also have the option to plug it into my iphone charger should I want to run it from mains power.
Common halogen worklights are a good source of cheap lighting. I've been using them for some time for general work, photo and video lighting with daylight globes. They work well but they use a lot of power, get very hot and the globes don't have a great lifespan.
I've converted this one to accept a bayonet mount compact fluorescent. The 20w cool white globe that's installed still emits impressive light while running cooler and more efficiently.