LED lighting is exceptionally versatile. It is perfect for almost any lighting job you have, from architectural statement designs to simply lighting a room. You can also easily create your own ingenious artwork with LED as a back drop. Illusion mirrors give the impression they are very deep and go back for miles. In the past this effect could only be created if you shelled out a lot of money but now you can make your own infinity mirror for next to nothing and in no time at all…
The first thing you need to do is gather together all the materials you will need. Start with a mirror that is enclosed behind glass. This type of mirror is available from a lot of home and DIY stores and is relatively inexpensive to purchase. You will also need window tint film, LED strips and some cleaning materials.
Step 1: In order to start building your infinity mirror the original mirror frame needs to be taken apart. Both the mirror and glass front have to be cleaned and polished with glass cleaner.
Step 2: Next, apply the tint to the glass pane. Most tints are applied using a soapy water solution. This has to be done very carefully and all air bubbles need to be forced out – use an old store card or credit card to do this quickly and efficiently. Once this is done put the now tinted glass back into the frame.
Step 3: LED strips can be cut to whatever length you need which makes them perfect for this task. Measure the frame around the inside and cut your LED strip to the same length.
Step 4: Attach the LED strips around the inside of the frame but plan where you want the cable to come out and end there. You will need to cut a little piece of wood out in order to allow the cable to escape.
**Step 5: **Once you have attached the LED strips and have the cable sticking out, it is time to put the mirror back into its surround. Use small nails around the edge to make sure that it stays in place. Try plugging the mirror in and make sure it works. You now have a completed illusion mirror that will add depth, character and charm to a room.
If you want to get really creative try experimenting by using different shaped mirrors and repositioning lights because this will drastically alter the final appearance. You could even build patterns into the lighting if you wanted to.
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Created by Steve Ellwood on 12th July, 2016
Qualified as an Electrician, founder of BLT Direct