I have been a lurker on these forums for several months. I decided I would make a diy post as my introduction. I made a really simple, cheap, and light diffuser to help convert a bright headlamp into a table lamp for creating ambient light that isn't so direct and blinding. This is great for lighting up a tent, or as a light source for playing cards, ect.
A before and after shot of my diffuser in action.
So the list of materials needed are:
1- semi-opaque milk/juice jug
2- small pieces of sticky sided velcro
1- pair of scissors
1- small paring/steak knife (optional)
First, rinse out the milk jug. Then, using the knife, cut out a strip of plastic. Try to find the flattest portion plastic.
Now roughly shape the piece of plastic to a rectangle shape. Keep it long enough to reach across the length of the lamp.
Round off the edges to make sure it is smooth so you don't risk cutting/puncturing anything with the corners.
Now take the velcro and cut it into two small squares.
Peel off the backing for the fuzzy side and attach it to the lamp. One tab on each side.
Now put the hook side of the velcro onto the fuzzy side thats on the lamp. Before peeling the backing, do a mock up with the plastic to make sure it is in the right position. Then peel off the backing and adhere it to the plastic. The reason you want the hook side on the plastic is so you can secure it on to other things. I attach mine to the elastic headband.
It should look roughly like this.
The weight is nearly negligible, and the added function for a headlamp makes this modification worthwhile. Hope this is useful for someone here. =)