Weekend Australian article

An article in the Weekend Australian newspaper about red light and Parkinson’s Disease covers some of the people involved in the experiences described in this blog.

The article mentioned a home-made light hat. The instructions for  making a one-wavelength version of the hat (aka Eliza) have been posted.

Instructions for a two-wavelength version of the light hat are in progress.

PS. If the link to the article takes you to a paywall, try searching for it using Google, using the search term ‘Suvi Weekend Australian’. I was able to access the full article this way.

The Eliza Instructions finally…..

Here are the instructions for making a one wavelength Eliza.

Download instructions for a 1-wavelength Eliza

Download the things you will need for your DIY Eliza.

Making an Eliza isn’t difficult, but it is a fiddly process and takes quite a few hours.

Be brave and give it a go.

Let me know if there are things that need to be clarified.

I’d love to see photos of your Eliza.

DIY Red Light Hat – the things you need

  • Bucket
  • Small plastic lid
  • Small piece of rigid plastic
  • DC 12v power plug connector/adaptor (female) for LED strips
  • LED strip connector
  • Red LED strip – 5 metre roll
  • Foil “fabric”
  • Aluminum multiseal tape
  • Small cable ties
  • Piece of sponge, 20cm x 20cm x ~1.cm depth. In inches, 8” x 8” x ½-¾ inch
  • 12 volt power plug, 1.5-2 amps.

Click here for more information about the things you need.

Tools

  • Sharp pointed knife
  • Sharp scissors
  • Small screwdrivers
  • Wire cutters can be useful

To come:

Instructions for making a one wavelength Eliza, a bucket red light hat are underway. They will be published as a document rather than as blog posts.

 

 

 

 

DIY Light Hat #3 – making holes

  1. Mark the bottom of the bucket. The larger dots around the perimeter will be ventilation holes, and the smaller dots (in the circles) to connect to a head piece inside the bucket. Eliza 3 holes 1

  2. Find a robust kitchen knife with a sharp pointed blade and start making the holes.I used to drill them, but I’ve found it is just as easy to carve the holes out with a knife.I hold the knife at right angles to the plastic and twist back and forth with pressure. The quality of the plastic of the buckets I’m using is not very good so it is very easy to split the plastic.The rotating movement reduces the splitting. But even if the plastic does split a bit, don’t worry – this is not a work of art and perfection is not the aim.Eliza 3 holes 2

You’ll need to turn the bucket over and work from the bottom as well as the top to get the holes through. Keep that knife rotating. 

If you have a very thick plastic bucket, use the drill to start the holes. You will still use a knife to adjust the size and clean up the edges. 


What you need to make an Eliza bucket light hat:

Click here. 

To come:

Instructions for making a one wavelength Eliza, a bucket red light hat are underway. They will be published as a document rather than as blog posts.

 

DIY Light Hat #2 – mark up

  1. Measure 160mm or 6.5 inches from the top of the bucket. And mark the measurement all around the bucket. You don’t need to be exact.
    Bucket first markings


  2. Mark places where you will be making holes. The first is at the top, about half way between the attachment of the handles. Only mark the holes circled below. (The other holes you will need for the two wavelength version, but not the one wavelength version.)
    Eliza 2 marking 2

3. Now mark holes lower down, on either side of the 160mm or 6.5 inch mark. You need to do these holes in two places, on opposite sides of the bucket. I do them under the handle attachments, as it helps keep me oriented. 

instruction 2 bucket 3


What you need to make an Eliza bucket light hat:

Click here. 

To come:

Instructions for making a one wavelength Eliza, a bucket red light hat are underway. They will be published as a document rather than as blog posts.

 

DIY Light Hat #1 – a bucket

The ideal bucket:

  1. Plastic – not too thin as these can split when you cut them.


  2. Internal diameter at the top around 260mm (~10.5 inches). Definitely no less than 240mm (~9.5 inches) and no more than 300mm (~12inches).
    Bucket diameter


  3. Straight sides. Well, straight-ish sidesBucket straight sides

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