Lighting Module

Completed Lighting Module

Special Notes

Before assembly, plug in the LED Bundle using the LED Power Supply and Cable to ensure that they are working correctly. If they are not working correctly, make sure that the LED bulbs are firmly seated in their sockets and check the wires in the LED Bundle to make sure none have come loose.


Tools needed:

Parts needed:


Gather parts together. Use the part list in the Lighting Module Bag to verify that all parts are present before beginning. Notify if any parts are missing.

Assemble Lighting Module Front Pieces

Large Baffle in Front Plate Large Baffle in 2 Front Plates Large Baffle in 2 Front Plates top view

Insert the slots of a Lighting Module Large Baffle into two Lighting Module Front slots. The glossy side should be on top.

2 Large Baffles in 2 Front Plates side view 2 Large Baffles in 2 Front Plates top view

Repeat with the other Large Baffle

Small Baffle in slot of Large Baffle Small Baffle in slot of Large Baffle wide view

Insert a Small Baffle into the slot of a Large Baffle. The shiny side should be up. The smooth edge will lie against the Front Plate. The bumps on the opposite edge will help hold it in place against the Large Baffles.

Small Baffle pushed through Large Baffle Small Baffle pushed through Large Baffle wide view

Push the Small Baffle through the slot until it sticks out from the assembly.

Small Baffle in both Large Baffles Small Baffle in both Large Baffles oblique angle

Pull Small Baffle back along the Front Plate and feed it into the slot of the Large Baffle on the other side. The two bumps along the edge of the Small Baffle should rest against the edges of the slots to help keep it in place.

2 Small Baffles in 2 Large Baffles

Repeat with other Small Baffle.

Attach Side Plates

Side Plate against Front Plates

Place assembly at the edge of a table. Align Side Plate against two Front Plates. The small slot goes on top while the large square hole goes at the bottom. The rough side is on top while the shiny side is on the bottom.

Upper Left Corner of Side Plate against Front Plate Tab Inserted into Slot on Upper Left Corner All Tabs on Left Side Inserted

Starting at the left side side, gently work the slots on the side plate around the tabs on the side plate. For the first side, work from top to bottom. Do not pull down to lock them yet.

Bottom Right Corner of Side Plate against Front Plate

Starting at the bottom, insert the tabs on the right into the slots. The bottom right corner will be the trickiest since it is most constrained. Once it is in place, the remaining slots should be successively easier.

All Tabs Complete

Once all slots have been inserted, pull down on the side plate until the tabs are at the bottom of their range.

M3 x 14mm Screw with M3 Hex Nut M3 x 14mm Screw and M3 Hex Nut in slot

The small holes on each side of the Side Plate will now align with the cross-shaped tabs on the Front Plate. Thread an M3 Hex Nut onto an M3 x 14mm Screw and insert it into this hole from the side.

Tightening M3 x 14mm Screw Tight M3 x 14mm Screw

Hold the nut in place with your finger while you lightly tighten the screw.

Tightening other side

Repeat on other side.

Both Side Plates Attached

Attach the second Side Plate in the same way.

Attach Camera Doors

Camera Door against Side Plate

Align the hole of a Camera Door against its fellow on a Side Plate.

Plastic Rivet in one hole Plastic Rivet loose in both holes

Insert a plastic rivet through both holes. Be careful to slide it loosely in until the shoulders are resting against the Camera Door.

Plastic Rivet Locked Into Place

Press down on the top of the rivet with your thumb to lock the rivet into place.

Camera Door Attached

The Camera Door is now firmly attached but can pivot freely. Repeat with other Camera Door and Side Plate.

Assemble Lights

Peeling off Protective Film

Remove protective plastic coating on both sides of each lens. If it is hard to get a purchase on a corner, use your fingernail to make a small hole in the coating in the center and then pull it off starting with the hole.

Two different lenses

There are two Vertical Lenses which have ridges running along the long side. There are two Horizontal Lenses which have ridges running along the short side. Gather one of each kind of lens.

Lenses with Vertical Lens on top Lenses on top of LED Base Plate

Stack the two lenses onto the LED Base Plate, aligning the holes. The Vertical Lens should be on top with the Horizontal Lens in the middle and the LED Base Plate on the bottom.

Two lens stacks, each with one horizontal and one vertical lens

Repeat with other pair of lenses.

LED Bundle LED Bundle on Lens stack

Gather LED Bundle. Each socket goes on top of one Lens stack.

Attaching to LED Base Plate 1 Attaching to LED Base Plate 2 Attaching to LED Base Plate 3 Attaching to LED Base Plate 4 Attaching to LED Base Plate 5 Attaching to LED Base Plate 6

The LED sockets each have two holes which line up with the holes on one side of the lenses. Insert M3 x 14mm Screw into each hole, thread M3 Hex Nut onto the screw and finger tighten.

3 screws secure LED socket and lenses

The third hole passes just through the two lenses and the LED Base Plate. Secure all three screws with M3 Hex Nuts.

Both LED sockets attached to LED Base Plate

Repeat with other LED socket.

Barrel plug on LED Base Plate

The barrel plug sits on the small tab that extends off one end of the LED Base Plate.

Zip Tie under barrel plug Zip Tie around barrel plug Zip Tie securing barrel plug

Secure the barrel plug with a zip tie around the narrow section of the tab. Cut excess zip tie plastic.

Final Assembly

LED Base Plate on Lighting Module 1 LED Base Plate on Lighting Module 2 LED Base Plate on Lighting Module 3 LED Base Plate on Lighting Module 4 LED Base Plate on Lighting Module 5

The LED Base Plate sits in the tabs on top of the Lighting Module Side Plates and Front Plates.

DC Switch connected

Plug DC Switch into barrel plug. This gives you an independent on/off switch for the lights. The lighting module can be mounted with the switch in the front (for convenience) or in the back (for tidiness).

LED Lights turned on

Plug in AC Adapter. Let there be light!

If the lights do not work, test the following:

Lighting module on the Archivist Quill

The lighting module rests on the inside edges of the Imaging Beams. Getting the placement just right can be tricky and an assistant may be necessary. The slot cover on top of the imaging beams helps keep the lighting module in place. Once in place, it simply rests on top with no need for further attachment.