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Hack an Old Hardcover Book into a Reading Light

If you’re looking for a clever way to conceal a reading lamp on your bedside table, this hardcover-to-book-light conversion is just the ticket.

For this project you’ll be hollowing out a hardcover book and replacing the guts with a wooden frame and a strip of cool-running and efficient LED lights. You’ll need some very basic wood working and soldering skills and an afternoon or two (mostly consumed, as the author notes, by waiting for glue to dry). Check out the video below to see the full build:

Hit up the link below for a full parts list and additional building tips.

How To: Not Your Ordinary Book Light [Grathio via Neatorama]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/21/11

Comments (5)

  1. Elizabeth

    This is too cool ! thanks for sharing (smile)

  2. Andrei

    hmmm i have some old & out dated encyclopaedias at home (they have no scientific value being edited by the communist party)… could make a few :D Nice tip, great Idea. thanks

  3. Adam

    Cute. I am trying one now.
    Thanks for the tip.

  4. MistaReeGurl

    I love the idea cause you can use any book you can get your hands on :) thanx so much xox

  5. Tawanna Maddry

    Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a concept I hadnt thought of yet. Now lets see if I can do something productive with it.

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