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A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget by Jay Holben

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Making a “Hand Squeezer” Dimmer

These little dimmers are great for any lights, 600W (6A) or less. They’re great for household lamps and especially great for practicals in your scene.

The finished “hand squeezer” rheostat dimmer.

You’ll need these supplies:

  • Single-pole standard household rheostat dimmer: $5

  • ½-inch deep single-gang EMT box: $2

  • Single-gang faceplate: $1

  • 6-foot 16-gauge extension cord: $4

  • ½-inch wire retainer: $1

  • Four wire nuts: $1

  • Grounding screw: $1

  • Pair of wire strippers

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Razor knife

Total project cost: $15

The elements necessary for the “hand squeezer” project.

Step 1

You’ll start by cutting the extension cord’s ...

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