I built my light!
Stuff from USA (Arrow) arrived within 2 days. Crazy fast, it arrived before other stuff I ordered in the UK!
I bought some U channel from B&Q to make the frame and to use for heatsinks. This was the most annoying part…One store didn’t have everything I wanted. I tried some local aluminium stockists, but they also didn’t have what I wanted (some didn’t reply at all, I guess because small order).
I think I ran over budget a little, but I’ll break it down for anyone else thinking about this build (rounded to the nearest pound).
Light strips - £95 Arrow
Power driver - £37 Arrow
Wire - £3 Arrow
Thermal tape - £5 Ebay
Wago’s (x15) - £4 Amazon
Kettle lead - £6 Amazon
Light hanging wire kit - £9 Amazon
Adjustable rope hangars - £10 Amazon
U Channel - £45 B&Q
Self tapping screws - £2
This still works out at just over £1 per watt, and becomes even better if you can order in bulk, or have some of this stuff lying around already. Just make sure you have the tools available to cut / drill aluminium. No soldering was required at all, wagos and on-board connectors only.
It took one evening to build. Turning it on…wow, it looks like it blows my Hipargero 800W out of the water… with full tent coverage too!
Thanks @WickedAle @DoobieNoobie @dbrn32 for the advice, I think this was definitely a great investment!