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Building a homemade pool table light - 05-29-2009, 11:21 AM

Was considering on making my own pool table light using 8' florecent light bulbs. I was wondering if there a plans out there on the internet. I tried searching but couldn't find much. Thanks
  
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05-29-2009, 12:57 PM

Take a look through the thread referenced below. It also references other threads on this topic.

http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=141642
  
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05-29-2009, 02:16 PM

I tried to find someone to build one for me, and thought I found someone a few years ago, and then he just never returned my call. I just said to hell with it and just bought a Diamond Light for my 9 footer. Its fabulous!
  
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03-23-2010, 04:44 AM

Does anyone have more ideas on DIY pool table lights for a 9 footer?
  
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03-23-2010, 06:08 AM

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03-23-2010, 06:48 AM

Go to Lowes if not a Jimmy Johnson fan go to HD. Buy 2 4ft fluorescent lights that use the thin bulbs. I think they come with 3 or 4 tubes. You don't want 8 ft tubes and I don't think they sell them. Buy a sheet of particle board for the top, cut to the size you want and frame with 1 x 6 boards mount your lights inside and hang above the table. Get some lamp chain to hang it. Don't put the tubes in until the light the frame is installed. Also make sure you have a cover over the table when working above it. Also don't stand on the table. When you start to work on it you can figure out the rest of it. Plans aren't required just use your imagination and creative ability.

You can stain the side boards, cover with tile, apply wall paper, moulding, cut out a design, cut balls in half and glue on and etc.

Have fun doing it. If you don't like it you can always change it. The lights will still be there.
  
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03-23-2010, 08:54 AM

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Tools I have. Ideas I need.

I have a black Gold Crown with bright metal work.

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03-23-2010, 04:08 PM

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I have a black Gold Crown with bright metal work.

Thanks Jason and Book.
No book, just tips. I got all my material at homedepot and it didn't cost too much. I used 4 - 4' lights instead of 2 - 8 ft. I made the light 2'x8' and even got the screen for lights like the diamond light.

I made the light 8" h (got them to rip the wood down to 8") I used 1/4 plywood (furniture grade). Got 4' of 2x2 oak (cut 8") and 4 - 8' 1x2 oak.

I have attached a drawing. I only have ms paint, so it isn't much. Sand the wood with 80 grit then 150 and 220. Paint black and you have one nice light. You can cheat with the work and just glue the 1x2 to the 1/4 plywood, but the tongue and grove makes this light stong.
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03-23-2010, 04:24 PM

Get a woodworker (furniture) to build you a cabinet.Something like 6ft x2-1/2ft .I would go 4 to 6 inches deep.He can dowel in a groove inside for the plastic defuser.You can instal light fixtures inside and hardware to hang the light.

I don't know where you will find the defuser screen but I have found it online before.
  
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03-23-2010, 04:26 PM

Definitely go with the T8 bulbs and not the T12. They use less juice and if one bulb goes bad that's all you have to replace.

If you are going with an 8' light, I would use 4 four footers (8 bulbs total) rather than 2 eight foot fixtures.


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Get a woodworker (furniture) to build you a cabinet.Something like 6ft x2-1/2ft .I would go 4 to 6 inches deep.He can dowel in a groove inside for the plastic defuser.You can instal light fixtures inside and hardware to hang the light.

I don't know where you will find the defuser screen but I have found it online before.
Homedepot have the defusers. They carry plactic for around $20 each and metal for $40.
  
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03-23-2010, 04:46 PM

Where does one find the kind of light diffusers that Diamond uses? Or Brunswick?

All I typically see at the home improvement stores are those flat, thin ones that were popular for bathrooms and kitchens decades ago. I think those block too much light. Don't like the way they light surfaces. The Diamond ones are like a square grid - the idea is to spread the light around, but there's still plenty of direct light. The flat sheet ones get no direct light from the bulbs.
  
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Mine is done with 8ft bulbs, six of them. Made for me by a friend.
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Mine is done with 8ft bulbs, six of them. Made for me by a friend.
I'm going to get or make one similiar. I bought 4 parabolic lens grids from a Diamond Mechanic. Hard to do on monthly visits back home.


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Where does one find the kind of light diffusers that Diamond uses? Or Brunswick?

All I typically see at the home improvement stores are those flat, thin ones that were popular for bathrooms and kitchens decades ago. I think those block too much light. Don't like the way they light surfaces. The Diamond ones are like a square grid - the idea is to spread the light around, but there's still plenty of direct light. The flat sheet ones get no direct light from the bulbs.
They have the ones you are talking about at either Lowes or HD (can't remember which, maybe at both). I've seen them. They're actually plastic grids that are coated a silver/chrome. I think they come in 4 foot lengths so you would obviously need two of them for an 8' light. So you need a cross member in the middle to support the two pieces.


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