It’s wonderful to hear from people making their own light hats. Keep them coming, and please send me photos to post on the blog. I love the creativity people bring to it.
Some important things to remember:
1. 12 volts only. No more than 12 volts, ever.
2. When you search for LED strips, and all the bibs and bobs needed, always choose the 12 volt versions.
3. My experience is that the visible red spectrum (especially 650-670nm) seems to be loved by cells anywhere in the body.
4. But the almost-visible near infrared 810-850nm wavelengths don’t work for every neurodegenerative condition.
5. When in doubt, stick to the visible red, preferably a gorgeous dark red.
I had a really good question from a blog reader today about why I recommend the Cossack design.
Look at the
instructions for DIY light hat devices, and the photos of both devices, and you’ll see that Eliza is all enclosed, with a few holes at the top, and is lined with reflective foil, whereas Cossack is very open, lots of ventilation, no reflective foil. Continue reading “Eliza vs Cossack”
I’ve updated the
DIY page to make it easier to find the instructions for the two designs. Continue reading “Make your own light hat”
Some wonderful photos of a recent Cossack construction. The creator put the LED strips on the inside of the Cossack, and this required the use of lots and lots of cable ties.
Fortunately, the creator didn’t cut the ends of the cable ties, making for a very fine porcupine or echidna.
Sincere thanks for permission to post these photos.
Cutting to size:
The perfect Cossack frame:
The LED strip was installed inside (outside is probably easier) and held with cable ties:
It is fabulous!
The Instructions for the Cossack light hat are done. Click
Cossack instructions to download them.
If you are wondering who Cossack is, check out these earlier posts:
The item you need is plastic-coated wire mesh. It is available at most hardware stores and garden centres. Here is the brand that Michael used to develop his Cossack design.
Continue reading “Cossack – making the frame”