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How to Make an Ice Light with an LED Flashlight | DIY

By Jules Ebe on April 7th 2013

In this article, you will see how you can create a portable, rechargeable light that creates a very distinctive look and catch lights for around $25.


The build begins with CREE’s Ultrafire Flashlight with two rechargeable batteries and charger. I actually have two of these at home already. This is an extremely inexpensive and powerful LED flashlight.

Everything You Should Need – DIY “Ice Light

• 1 Ultrafire LED Flashlight ($14)
• 1 32” length of 1.5” white plumbing pipe
• 1 white pluming pipe end cap (test the light it reflects)
• 1 tie wraps
• A saw, a drill, aluminum foil, sheet of sand paper (to smooth rough edges) and scissors.


The Basics

You will ultimately cut halfway through the pipe, leaving room to house the flashlight and tie into place. The pipe end will be used on to help hold the form, and voilà, you now have a light saber – I mean, a DIY version of Westcott’s Ice Light. Around $20 versus the $500 price tag for the original, this DIY is a great option for portrait photographers looking for this look on a budget.


Thank you to Simon Ellingworth, a professional photographer and the author of Lightism for this creative build.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

[via DIY Photography, Lightism]


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.


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  1. John spears

    This is a terrible article, shows you a picture and that’s it? I mite as well give up now as I have no idea how it’s made? 1 tie wrap, the picture shows 2? What the?

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  3. Jeremy

    I created a similar unit based off the model found at with some modifications.
    Here is a sample:
    Check out more photos at


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  4. Rewrite

    Really poorly written. Anyone who is really interested in it will have to google it and start again.

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    • Privacy Is Key

      the link is on the page. you shouldnt have had to google a single thing. where it says “via: DIY photography, Lightism”. I swear reading is fundamental.

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  5. Sheri Johnson

    your sample image looks great :)

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  6. Andrew Meehan

    click on the link “lightsim” if you want to read more about the build.

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  7. Ashkan Ahmadi

    I didn’t understand how he made it. Maybe a video tutorial would be better? Thanks

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  8. Susie

    What is the aluminum foil for. Did I miss that?

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    • Joe Topping

      My guess would be: line one inner-side of the tube with it, this will reflect light making it more even along the strip, also if one side does not cast light that makes it slightly more directional, maybe?

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