Floating ceiling lights
Large-scale, seemingly now-screw ceiling lights
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Preparing the case board
- Use a light-weight construction case board and mill round openings to the botom side to embed the magnets and bulbs.
- Mill two cavities to the top side for wood with safety chains.
- Drill through the entire wood for cables (slits) and the transformers (round holes).
Screw the magnets parallel to each other with a countersunk head screw, but only deep enough into the board so the magnets have a little wiggle room to level out potential unevenness in the ceiling.
Attaching the halogen bulbsTo be able to exchange the bulbs after assembly without tools, they are not screwed in but held up with a screw-on magnet each.
Note: The picture shows a ring magnet which should not be screwed on as it may break. Countersunk disk magnets or other pot magnets with a suitable diameter are better.
I used recessed luminaires that are specially made for this purpose and disseminate warmth downwards. The bulbs are metal-covered on the wood side, which allows the little residual heat to distribute evenly without a fire hazard.
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