Adjustable Workshop Light Mounts

Adjustable Light Parts Before Modification

Adjustable Light Parts Before Modification

Was asked recently how I modified the Swing-Arm Lights for the new Milling Machine so they can mount higher and store out of the way when not in use …

Milling Machine with Adjustable Lights

Milling Machine with Adjustable Lights

Liked the Mill Lights so decided to mount 2 additional ‘Swing-Arm’ lights over the Large Workshop Table and took a few photos during the process …

Part that Needed to be Modified

Part that Needed to be Modified

Purchased the lights online for a sale price less than $18 and free shipping.

Alvin G2540-B Swing Arm Lamp ~ Black

Lamp

Lamp

They are designed to be clamped to a table edge or desk with plastic mounts … but wanted them to mount over my head securely with metal mounts so I can pull them down and adjust them like surgical lights.

Close-Up View of Part to be Cut

Close-Up View of Part to be Cut

The modification is very simple… Probably many ways to do the same thing …

Used Porta-Band-Saw Tabletop Stand unit to Cut Threaded-L Part

Used Porta-Band-Saw Tabletop Stand unit to Cut Threaded-L Part

Cut the metal Threaded-L part and remounted it in a different area on the light …

Used the Porta-Band-Saw Tabletop Stand

Took out screws to be able to slide in Modified Threaded L

Took out screws to be able to slide in Modified Threaded L

Removing the screw makes it easier to slide into place …

Cut Round Stock Steel on Horizontal Band-Saw to make Light Mounts

Cut Round Stock Steel on Horizontal Band-Saw to make Light Mounts

Next cut some mild steel round stock to make the light pivot mounts …

Drilled holes in Mounts using the Lathe

Drilled holes in Mounts using the Lathe

Drilled holes in the pivot mounts using the lathe ~11/32″ all the way through the mount and then 15/32″ about 1.5″ deep in one end …

Test Fit the Mounts prior to welding

Test Fit the Mounts prior to welding

Made sure the Pivot Mounts fit correctly before cutting an additional 3/4″ of thread off the end of the L-Mounts  …

Cut and Drilled Steel Flatbar to weld to the Light Pivot Mounts

Cut and Drilled Steel Flatbar to weld to the Light Pivot Mounts

Cut 2 pieces of 1/4″ Steel Flatbar 8″ Long … Want the lights to extend out away from the sides of my gantry hoist to allow better adjustment when moving the lights around projects on the tabletop …

Welded Flatbar to Pivot Light Mounts

Welded Flatbar to Pivot Light Mounts

Welded the Pivot Mounts to the Flatbar … Nothing Fancy just some quick MIG welds so as not to warp the drilled out pivot mount holes …

Finished Adjustable Workshop Light moved out of the way when not in use

Finished Adjustable Workshop Light moved out of the way when not in use

Painted the light end of the mounts and bolted them to the ‘Over-the-Jeep‘ Table Gantry Hoist side supports.

Didn’t paint the other side of the mount because I might drill some additional holes at a later date for another project …

The 2 lights are located on each side of the Large Workshop Table

The 2 lights are located on each side of the Large Workshop Table

Can move the lights very close to items without light shinning back into my eyes.

When not needed they swing completely out of the way high above table …

Lots of Close-Up Light for Detailed Projects

Lots of Close-Up Light for Detailed Projects

Easy to re-position the lights when trying to highlight/view scribe lines, etc.

Use rough service incandescent light bulbs in winter for extra workshop heat and cooler fluorescent light bulbs in the Spring and Summer …

Very Adjustable and and Quick to Position

Very Adjustable and and Quick to Position

That’s All … Very Simple-Stupid but works for my needs!!

— CHEERS…

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2 responses to “Adjustable Workshop Light Mounts

  1. Those lights are fed with zip cord and usually only two wires; feed and neutral. I know you know this already but make sure it is mounted on a good grounded surface. Nice idea you have there. I put in some very nice fluorescent 4 foot strip fixtures in my shop because of my dimming eyesight in the Golden Years. I was an electrician for 40 + years so I did it all in exposed EMT pipe. When it came time to wire up my shop after having the building built for me in my back yard two years ago, I told the builder that I will wire it up. No one will do it any better than me. The inspectors could only get out a Wow!, when they came into the shop. I can even use my workshop (17 x 30 x 9 foot high ceilings) for a classroom where I can teach SolidWorks and CAM. I also teach it at the College. Thanks for sharing your idea.

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