I just uploaded a new video showing how I collaborated with Jonny Builds to make this massive floor lamp from a 60 year-old timber beam.
While the base was made with steel plate, there was no welding required!
We used a Shaper Origin router, combined with a traditional router, to create a cut-out for LED strips in the beam, and to cut matching white acrylic to serve as a diffuser for the LEDs.
I used SK6812 WWA individually controllable LEDs combined with an affordable off-the-shelf LED controller that has music reactive modes, chasing modes, and solid color modes, with an RF remote. (https://goo.gl/u6Xj6Y) Since I designed this for my own loft, the music reactive / sound reactive modes couldn’t be all that this lamp can do. It had to function and look like a normal lamp as well. With this in mind, I used the SK6812 warm white / cool white / amber LED strips, instead of RGB LED strips. In solid color mode, the LEDs can be adjusted via remote to give off various shades of white for a sophisticated modern look that hides the wild side when you switch the light to music visualizer mode.
As part of the collaboration, Jonny and I also made a concrete and steel bar cart, so make sure to check out the build video for that on Jonny's channel.