Tired of looking like a cyclops in the darkroom? Don’t like the bindi or the miners’ headlamps? Well, I don’t mind really…. but.. there’s an alternative.

And it might make a hipster-ish collodionist out of you (be warned!)

The Bolle safety glasses are my favourite choice while working in the darkroom, they are pretty cool and the wrap-around the face design without it jutting out too much that you are aware that there’s something on your face.

Though I do wish that it does have  lights attach to the frames… and they do!

Bolle Galapsi/Galaxy. Image retrieved from http://www.nothingbutsafetyglasses.com (26 March 2015)
The Bolle Galapsi/Galaxy, fantastic designed safety glasses.
Image retrieved from http://www.nothingbutsafetyglasses.com (26 March 2015)

Looking through for the cheapest immitation bargain of its like online.. meet its cousin from China…

The no name safety glasses... the plastics are practically flimsy and thin, similar to the toys from your cereal boxes. Good strong white LED though
The no name safety glasses… the plastics are practically flimsy and thin, similar to the toys from your cereal boxes. Good strong white LED though

Its simple, it fits snugly to my face and everything works as it should.

The side lights of the glasses taken apart.
The side lights of the glasses taken apart. Of course.. they didn’t fit in the resistor.

The side of it were taken apart with simple 3 small tiniest screws. It helps if you have those screw drivers meant for glasses to take them apart. Looking at the simple 1 LED diode setup, of course, as I expected, there’s no resistor at all! Not good as you always need a resistor to attach to the positive leg of the LED.

Though the setup seems to have 4 small 1.5V button batteries (6V in total), which will last quite awhile to run just 1 LED (5mm).

A 120ohm resistor and an old, but useable bright red LED from another broken apart headlamp.
A 120ohm resistor and an old, but useable bright red LED from another broken apart headlamp.

Measuring the red LED (which you could refer to http://led.linear1.org/1led.wiz if you want to know which resistor to use with the red LED). This you could get at Maplin, or your local electronic stores, Radioshacks in the States, though I heard they closed down?)

Solder and replacing the LED bulb.
Solder and replacing the LED bulb.

Knowing that red LED only lingers around 630-650 nm, it’s better to replace the white LED with the red to work around the darkroom. Tapping the connections with the solder, all goes easily and refitted back into the case.

All parts re-assembled and all work as it should.
All parts re-assembled and all work as it should.
One side replaced, and the other soon after.
One side replaced, and the other soon after.

With one side of the LED replaced, the other will follow soon after. Though, I am thinking of keeping the white LED, just in case if I need to look for things I drop in the darkroom, which does happens everynow and then.

Mod Glasses-08The red LED is quite bright, which I believe you could get more brighter with two fitted in.

I quite like the setup as I don’t need to re-adjust anymore of my headlamps while in the darkroom. Plus it lights the direction of where I look at, which is how its suppose to be.

I suppose you could go for DJ’ing at a rave party while waiting your plates to dry ya?

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