I came up with the idea of making the convertible light box while on a trip to Arizona in the winter of 2020. I had an oversized light bulb protruding out of an undersized lamp and because I was using an LED light bulb, there was essentially no heat being generated. Rather than having to stare at a partially naked bulb I cut up part of an old map and taped it around the lamp. The map was beautifully backlit, producing a really clear view of the highways and byways. As a photographer I’m always looking for ways to view my art. Building a small enclosure with an open bottom and utilizing a design that allowed me to easily change pictures seemed like an idea worth exploring.
The Convertible Lightbox is both a wall sconce, a table top light, a night light, and a perfect way to display a wide range of images. There are two ways of looking at images: with light coming from behind (backlit) and coming from the front. The foreground light is the way we normally see the world. Lighting from behind is like an X-ray view.
The bottom is open so unfiltered light projects downward, while the image is lit from the back. After experimenting with different types of lights I settled on a 7 inch square LED light panel that is color balanced (5000K) to daylight, uses only 13.5 watts, generates very little heat, and is rated at 50,000 hours of use! These LED’s can also be dimmed, making the Convertible Lightbox useful as a night light as well. You can fine tune the amount of light projecting through your image and adjust it so it suits your mood and the environment with the included dimmer.
Each light box can sit on a desk top or be hung on a wall. They are made of real wood and come finished with tung oil or (other similar finish). They can accept an 8x10 inch photo as long as it is printed on a paper that has some transparency.
You can put your own artwork in these boxes without the need for any tool, just slide the artwork up; remove it and slide the new in. It really is that easy. (Check out the video that you can see when you click on any of the images below.)
If you’d like a different image of mine in your Convertible Lightbox, go here https://donlatarski.picfair.com. Not all images will work equally well in the 8 x 10 format. It is possible to crop and otherwise modify images to make them fit, but before you choose one, write to me so I can make a determination about the possibility of getting the picture to look great in this format.