Simple Pliers Rack

A Round Tuit™ finished this trivial project:

Long-handle pliers rack
Long-handle pliers rack

Yeah, it’s just seven pairs of holes drilled with a 5/8 inch Forstner bit in a scrap 2×4, which was then introduced to Mr Belt Sander to peel off the dust of ages.

There’s a spare set of holes in front because I’m absolutely certain that, without them, another pair of pliers would suddenly pop into existence on the bench.

Incandescent Bulb Lifetime: Also Better Than Average

This bulb spent the last seven-plus years of its life lighting the front bathroom:

Dead incandescent bulb - 7 years
Dead incandescent bulb – 7 years

The green corrosion around the tip seems strange, given that we don’t use the tub or shower in that bathroom, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the cause of the failure.

My stock of incandescent bulbs will eventually run out; I must figure out how to light the deaders in an attractive manner.

Lyme Disease, Now With Bonus Babesiosis

Two weeks of doxycycline should kill off all the Borrelia bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, but a blood test shows the antibodies:

Lyme test - 2021-11-10
Lyme test – 2021-11-10

Those antibodies will gradually disappear during the next few months and, unfortunately, a past Lyme infection does not prevent future infections.

The tick also injected Babesia parasites which do not respond to antibiotic treatment:

Babesia test - 2021-11-10
Babesia test – 2021-11-10

The “titer” refers to the dilution required to produce a negative test result, with the 1:64 reference titer representing six successive 50% dilutions. My blood required ten 50% dilutions to produce a negative result for the IgG antibodies and (presumably) six 50% dilutions from a 20% base for the IgM antibodies.

As I understand the situation, IgM antibodies appear promptly upon infection and IgG antibodies follow along later, so my reaction to the Babesia infestation was ramping up after two weeks.

In the Bad Old Days™, quinine was the go-to treatment for parasitic infections, but it has a host of horrific side effects at the dosage required for traction against actual diseases; tonic water ain’t gonna get you where you need to go.

The new hotness is atovaquone, arriving as 100 ml of a yellow liquid with the consistency of latex paint, (allegedly) the taste of “tutti fruitti“, and a price (modulo your drug plan) making inkjet printer ink look downright affordable. You might expect to get a 5 ml measuring spoon along the the bottle, but suffice it to say it’s an exceedingly good thing I’m well stocked for printer cartridge refilling.

All of the diseases and drugs list “fatigue” / “drowsiness” / “malaise” as symptoms / side effects and I’m here to tell you knocking off a couple of hours in the recliner during the day does nothing at all to disturb another nine hours in the sack overnight.

A few weeks of low productivity in the Basement Shop™ will definitely count as a successful outcome.

Protip: We need permethrin spray. Lots permethrin spray.

Raymond Avenue Road Furniture Graveyard

Apparently the traffic calming features along Raymond Avenue sacrifice the road furniture:

Smashed Raymond Avenue Road Furniture
Smashed Raymond Avenue Road Furniture

I hadn’t realized the “standards compliant” road design caused the death of so many street lights, but the dead bollard population is definitely under-represented. In round numbers, every traffic circle (“intersection”) always has at least one smashed bollard in addition to the vestigial stumps of those removed rather than being replaced.

The upright bollard is a relic of the earliest installations, back before they realized a bollard with an eye-level light glaring into drivers’ eyes weren’t an effective design, particularly along a road lined with dead-black / non-reflective posts.

Spotted in the Town of Poughkeepsie Highway Department compound.

CFL Lifetime: Better Than Average

Although compact fluorescent lamps have fallen out of favor, I’m burning through a box of the things donated by a friend who upgraded to LEDs and figured I could put them to good use. In general, complex electronic doodads (like CFL or even LED lamps) used in hostile situations (like an ordinary downlight fixture) seem to fail too quickly to justify the power savings; searching for “cfl fail” will produce some evidence from around here.

One of the downlights in the Basement Office just killed this specimen:

Dead CFL - detail
Dead CFL – detail

Much to my surprise, however, it survived for more than five years:

Dead CFL - over 5 years
Dead CFL – over 5 years

The previous CFL bulb in that fixture lasted only two years, so their average lifetime is entirely too short.

A taller bulb does a better job of lighting up that corner, although it started with enough power-on hours to suggest it won’t survive for another five years:

Dead CFL - replacement
Dead CFL – replacement

The ghostly humps above the overexposed glare are the long CFL tubes reflected inside the Pixel’s camera optics.

I didn’t see much point in nailing a ceiling to too-low floor joists.

Alpha Geek Clock: Radome Update

There being nothing like a new problem to take one’s mind off all one’s old problems:

C-Max CMMR-60 WWVB receiver - D cell display holder
C-Max CMMR-60 WWVB receiver – D cell display holder

It’s a variation on the camera battery and AA alkaline holders for various blinky LEDs:

Astable Multivibrator - D cell WWVB
Astable Multivibrator – D cell WWVB

The little flag holding the C-Max CMMR-60 receiver PCB gets glued to the copper upright to keep it from swiveling in the breeze.

The conical caps on the ferrite bar antenna are glued to the uprights and the antenna, in the expectation this is a one-off build-only project.

Rather than buy specialized D-cell contacts, I used 18650 lithium cell contacts and conjured the bridge by soldering two together:

D cell bridge contact from 18650 contacts
D cell bridge contact from 18650 contacts

It sits on the windowsill, blinks quietly in the dark, and flickers invisibly during the daytime.

Those D cells came from the same batch that powered the previous version for the last five years, so they probably won’t last that long, even with a Nov 2024 date code.

C-Max is apparently out of the WWVB biz, but you can get a similar Canaduino AM WWVB receiver.

The far more complex EverSet ES100-MOD WWVB receiver requires a microcontroller with an I²C interface and very careful power management.

The OpenSCAD source code as a GitHub Gist:

// Astable Multivibrator
// Holder for Alkaline cells
// Ed Nisley KE4ZNU August 2020
// 2020-09 add LED radome
// 2020-11 add radome trim
// 2021-11 D cells and WWVB receiver
/* [Layout options] */
Layout = "Build"; // [Build,Show,Lid,Spider,AntCap,RecFlag]
CellName = "AA"; // [AA, D]
Struts = -1; // [0:None, -1:Dual, 1:Quad]
WWVB = true;
/* [Hidden] */
NumCells = 2; // [2]
// Extrusion parameters
/* [Hidden] */
ThreadThick = 0.25;
ThreadWidth = 0.40;
HoleWindage = 0.2;
function IntegerMultiple(Size,Unit) = Unit * ceil(Size / Unit);
function IntegerLessMultiple(Size,Unit) = Unit * floor(Size / Unit);
Protrusion = 0.1; // make holes end cleanly
inch = 25.4;
//- Basic dimensions
WallThick = IntegerMultiple(3.0,ThreadWidth);
CornerRadius = WallThick/2;
FloorThick = IntegerMultiple(3.0,ThreadThick);
TopThick = IntegerMultiple(2.0,ThreadThick);
WireOD = 1.5; // battery & LED wiring
WireOC = 8.0; // hole spacing in lid
Gap = 5.0;
// Cylindrical cell sizes
// https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_battery_sizes#Cylindrical_batteries
CELL_NAME = 0;
CELL_OD = 1;
CELL_OAL = 2;
// FIXME search() needs special-casing to properly find AAA and AAAA
// Which is why CellName is limited to AA
CellData = [
["AAAA",8.3,42.5],
["AAA",10.5,44.5],
["AA",14.5,50.5],
["C",26.2,50],
["D",34.2,61.5],
["A23",10.3,28.5],
["CR123A",17.0,34.5],
["18650",18.8,65.2], // bare 18650 with button end
["18650Prot",19.0,70.0], // protected 18650 = 19670 plus a bit
];
CellIndex = search([CellName],CellData,1,0)[0];
echo(str("Cell index: ",CellIndex," = ",CellData[CellIndex][CELL_NAME]));
//- Contact dimensions
CONTACT_NAME = 0;
CONTACT_WIDE = 1;
CONTACT_HIGH = 2;
CONTACT_THICK = 3; // plate thickness
CONTACT_TIP = 4; // tip to rear face
CONTACT_TAB = 5; // solder tab width
ContactData = [
["AA+",12.2,12.2,0.3,1.7,3.5], // pos bump
["AA-",12.2,12.2,0.3,5.0,3.5], // half-compressed neg spring
["AA+-",28.2,12.2,0.3,5.0,0], // pos-neg bridge
["D+",18.5,16.0,0.3,2.8,5.5],
["D-",18.5,16.0,0.3,6.0,5.5],
["D+-",50.0,19.0,0.3,7.0,0], // solder +/- tabs together
["Li+",18.5,16.0,0.3,2.8,5.5],
["Li-",18.5,16.0,0.3,6.0,5.5],
];
function ConDat(name,dim) = ContactData[search([name],ContactData,1,0)[0]][dim];
ContactRecess = 2*ConDat(str(CellName,"+"),CONTACT_THICK);
ContactOC = CellData[CellIndex][CELL_OD];
WireBay = 6.0; // room for wiring to contacts
//- Wire struts
StrutDia = 1.6; // AWG 14 = 1.6 mm
StrutSides = 3*4;
ID = 0;
OD = 1;
LENGTH = 2;
StrutBase = [StrutDia,StrutDia + 2*5*ThreadWidth, // ID = wire, OD = buildable
FloorThick + CellData[CellIndex][CELL_OD]]; // LENGTH = base is flush with cell top
//- Holder dimensions
BatterySize = [CellData[CellIndex][CELL_OAL] + // cell
ConDat(str(CellName,"+"),CONTACT_TIP) + // pos contact
ConDat(str(CellName,"-"),CONTACT_TIP) - // neg contact
2*ContactRecess, // sink into wall
NumCells*CellData[CellIndex][CELL_OD],
CellData[CellIndex][CELL_OD]
];
echo(str("Battery space: ",BatterySize));
CaseSize = [3*WallThick + // end walls + wiring partition
BatterySize.x + // cell
WireBay, // wiring bay
2*WallThick + BatterySize.y,
FloorThick + BatterySize.z
];
echo(str("CaseSize: ",CaseSize));
BatteryOffset = (CaseSize.x - (2*WallThick +
CellData[CellIndex][CELL_OAL] +
ConDat(str(CellName,"-"),CONTACT_TIP))
) /2 ;
ThumbRadius = 0.75 * CaseSize.z;
StrutOC = [IntegerLessMultiple(CaseSize.x - 2*CornerRadius -2*StrutBase[OD],5.0),
IntegerMultiple(CaseSize.y + StrutBase[OD],5.0)];
StrutAngle = atan(StrutOC.y/StrutOC.x);
echo(str("Strut OC: ",StrutOC));
LidSize = [2*WallThick + WireBay + ConDat(str(CellName,"+"),CONTACT_THICK), CaseSize.y, FloorThick/2];
LidScrew = [2.0,3.8,7.0]; // M2 pan head screw (LENGTH = threaded)
LidScrewOC = CaseSize.y/2 - CornerRadius - LidScrew[OD]; // allow space around screw head
//- Piranha LEDs
PiranhaBody = [8.0,8.0,8.0]; // Z = heatsink fins + plastic body + lens
PiranhaPin = 0.0; // trimmed pin length beyond heatsink
PiranhaPinsOC = [5.0,5.0]; // pin XY distance
PiranhaRecess = PiranhaBody.z + PiranhaPin/2; // minimum LED recess depth
BallOD = 40.0; // radome sphere
BallSides = 4*3*4; // nice smoothness
PillarOD = norm([PiranhaBody.x,PiranhaBody.y]) + 2*WallThick;
BallChordM = BallOD/2 - sqrt(pow(BallOD/2,2) - (pow(PillarOD,2))/4);
echo(str("Ball chord depth: ",BallChordM));
RadomePillar = [norm([PiranhaBody.x,PiranhaBody.y]), // ID = LED diagonal
PillarOD,
FloorThick + PiranhaRecess + BallChordM]; // height to top of ball chord
echo(str("Pillar: ",RadomePillar));
RadomeBar = [StrutBase[OD]*cos(180/StrutSides),StrutOC.y,StrutBase[OD]/2];
Tape = [RadomePillar[ID],16.0,1.0]; // sticky tape disk, OD to match hole punch
//- WWVB receiver hardware
Antenna = [10.0 + 0.5,14.0,60.0 + 2.0]; // ferrite antenna bar with clearance
AntCapSize = [Antenna[ID] + 1.0,Antenna[OD],5.0]; // LENGTH=insertion
RecPCB = [24.0,16.0,5.0];
//----------------------
// Useful routines
module PolyCyl(Dia,Height,ForceSides=0) { // based on nophead's polyholes
Sides = (ForceSides != 0) ? ForceSides : (ceil(Dia) + 2);
FixDia = Dia / cos(180/Sides);
cylinder(r=(FixDia + HoleWindage)/2,h=Height,$fn=Sides);
}
// Spider for single LED atop struts, with the ball
module DualSpider() {
difference() {
union() {
for (j=[-1,1]) {
for (k=[-1,1])
translate([0,j*StrutOC.y/2,k*RadomeBar.z])
rotate(180/StrutSides)
sphere(d=StrutBase[OD]/cos(180/StrutSides),$fn=StrutSides);
translate([0,j*StrutOC.y/2,0])
rotate(180/StrutSides)
cylinder(d=StrutBase[OD],h=2*RadomeBar.z,center=true,$fn=StrutSides);
}
cube(RadomeBar,center=true); // connecting bar
cylinder(d=RadomePillar[OD],h=RadomePillar[LENGTH],$fn=BallSides);
translate([0,0,-RadomeBar.z/2])
cylinder(d1=0.9*RadomePillar[OD],d2=RadomePillar[OD],h=RadomeBar.z/2,$fn=BallSides);
}
for (j=[-1,1]) // strut wires
translate([0,j*StrutOC.y/2,-3*StrutBase[OD]/2])
rotate(180/StrutSides)
PolyCyl(StrutBase[ID],2*StrutBase[OD],StrutSides);
for (k=[-1,1]) // LED wiring through bar
translate([0,k*(StrutOC.x/2 - 2*RadomeBar.x),-RadomeBar.z])
rotate(180/6)
PolyCyl(StrutBase[ID],2*RadomeBar.z,6);
translate([0,0,BallOD/2 + RadomePillar[LENGTH] - BallChordM]) // ball inset
sphere(d=BallOD);
translate([0,0,BallOD/2 + RadomePillar[LENGTH] - BallChordM - Tape[LENGTH]/2]) // tape inset
intersection() {
sphere(d=BallOD);
cylinder(d=Tape[OD],h=2*BallOD,center=true);
}
translate([0,0,RadomePillar.z - PiranhaRecess + RadomePillar.z/2]) // LED inset
cube(PiranhaBody + [HoleWindage,HoleWindage,RadomePillar.z],center=true); // XY clearance
translate([0,0,StrutBase[OD]/4 + WireOD/2 + 0*Protrusion]) // wire channels
cube([WireOD,RadomePillar[OD] + 2*WallThick,WireOD],center=true);
}
}
//-- WWVB antenna support cap
module AntennaBar() {
rotate([90,0,0])
union() {
cylinder(d=Antenna[ID],h=Antenna[LENGTH],$fn=BallSides,center=true);
cylinder(d=2*Antenna[OD],h=Antenna[LENGTH] - 2*AntCapSize[LENGTH],$fn=BallSides,center=true);
}
}
module AntennaCap() {
rotate([90,0,0])
intersection() {
translate([0,-Antenna[LENGTH]/2 + AntCapSize[LENGTH],0])
difference() {
hull() {
rotate([90,0,0])
cylinder(d=AntCapSize[OD],h=Antenna[LENGTH],$fn=BallSides,center=true);
for (j=[-1,1])
translate([0,j*StrutOC.y/2,0])
rotate(180/StrutSides)
cylinder(d=StrutBase[OD],h=1*StrutBase[OD],$fn=StrutSides,center=true);
}
for (j=[-1,1])
translate([0,j*StrutOC.y/2,-Antenna[OD]/2])
rotate(180/StrutSides)
PolyCyl(StrutBase[ID],Antenna[OD],StrutSides);
AntennaBar();
}
rotate([-90,0,0])
cylinder(d=Antenna[OD],h=Antenna[LENGTH],center=false);
}
}
//-- WWVB PCB support flag
module RecFlag() {
difference() {
hull() {
rotate(180/StrutSides)
cylinder(d=StrutBase[OD],h=RecPCB.x,$fn=StrutSides);
translate([0,RecPCB.y,0])
rotate(180/StrutSides)
cylinder(d=StrutBase[OD],h=RecPCB.x,$fn=StrutSides);
}
translate([0,0,-Protrusion])
rotate(180/StrutSides)
PolyCyl(StrutBase[ID],2*RecPCB.x,StrutSides);
translate([0,StrutBase[OD]/2,-Protrusion])
cube([StrutBase[OD],RecPCB.y,2*RecPCB.x],center=false);
}
}
//-- Overall case with origin at battery center
module Case() {
union() {
difference() {
union() {
hull()
for (i=[-1,1], j=[-1,1])
translate([i*(CaseSize.x/2 - CornerRadius),
j*(CaseSize.y/2 - CornerRadius),
0])
cylinder(r=CornerRadius/cos(180/8),h=CaseSize.z,$fn=8); // cos() fixes undersize spheres!
if (Struts)
for (i = (Struts == 1) ? [-1,1] : -1) { // strut bases
hull()
for (j=[-1,1])
translate([i*StrutOC.x/2,j*StrutOC.y/2,0])
rotate(180/StrutSides)
cylinder(d=StrutBase[OD],h=StrutBase[LENGTH],$fn=StrutSides);
translate([i*StrutOC.x/2,0,StrutBase[LENGTH]/2])
cube([2*StrutBase[OD],StrutOC.y,StrutBase[LENGTH]],center=true); // blocks for fairing
for (j=[-1,1]) // hemisphere caps
translate([i*StrutOC.x/2,
j*StrutOC.y/2,
StrutBase[LENGTH]])
rotate(180/StrutSides)
sphere(d=StrutBase[OD]/cos(180/StrutSides),$fn=StrutSides);
}
}
translate([BatteryOffset,0,BatterySize.z/2 + FloorThick]) // cells
cube(BatterySize + [0,0,Protrusion],center=true);
translate([BatterySize.x/2 + BatteryOffset + ContactRecess/2 - Protrusion/2, // contacts
0,
BatterySize.z/2 + FloorThick])
cube([ContactRecess + Protrusion,
ConDat(str(CellName,"+-"),CONTACT_WIDE),
ConDat(str(CellName,"+-"),CONTACT_HIGH)
],center=true);
translate([-(BatterySize.x/2 - BatteryOffset + ContactRecess/2 - Protrusion/2),
ContactOC/2,
BatterySize.z/2 + FloorThick])
cube([ContactRecess + Protrusion,
ConDat(str(CellName,"+"),CONTACT_WIDE),
ConDat(str(CellName,"+"),CONTACT_HIGH)
],center=true);
translate([-(BatterySize.x/2 - BatteryOffset + ContactRecess/2 - Protrusion/2),
-ContactOC/2,
BatterySize.z/2 + FloorThick])
cube([ContactRecess + Protrusion,
ConDat(str(CellName,"-"),CONTACT_WIDE),
ConDat(str(CellName,"-"),CONTACT_HIGH)
],center=true);
translate([-CaseSize.x/2 + WireBay/2 + WallThick, // wire bay with screw bosses
0,
BatterySize.z/2 + FloorThick + Protrusion/2])
cube([WireBay,
2*LidScrewOC - LidScrew[ID] - 2*4*ThreadWidth,
BatterySize.z + Protrusion
],center=true);
for (j=[-1,1]) // screw holes
translate([-CaseSize.x/2 + WireBay/2 + WallThick,
j*LidScrewOC,
CaseSize.z - LidScrew[LENGTH] + Protrusion])
PolyCyl(LidScrew[ID],LidScrew[LENGTH],6);
for (j=[-1,1])
translate([-(BatterySize.x/2 - BatteryOffset + WallThick/2), // contact tabs
j*ContactOC/2,
BatterySize.z + FloorThick - Protrusion])
cube([2*WallThick,
ConDat(str(CellName,"+"),CONTACT_TAB),
(BatterySize.z - ConDat(str(CellName,"+"),CONTACT_HIGH))
],center=true);
if (false)
translate([0,0,CaseSize.z]) // finger cutout
rotate([90,00,0])
cylinder(r=ThumbRadius,h=2*CaseSize.y,center=true,$fn=22);
if (Struts)
for (i2 = (Struts == 1) ? [-1,1] : -1) { // strut wire holes and fairing
for (j=[-1,1])
translate([i2*StrutOC.x/2,j*StrutOC.y/2,FloorThick])
rotate(180/StrutSides)
PolyCyl(StrutBase[ID],2*StrutBase[LENGTH],StrutSides);
for (i=[-1,1], j=[-1,1]) // fairing cutaways
translate([i*StrutBase[OD] + (i2*StrutOC.x/2),
j*StrutOC.y/2,
-Protrusion])
rotate(180/StrutSides)
PolyCyl(StrutBase[OD],StrutBase[LENGTH] + 2*Protrusion,StrutSides);
}
translate([0,0,ThreadThick - Protrusion]) // recess around name
cube([51.0,15,2*ThreadThick],center=true);
}
linear_extrude(height=2*ThreadThick + Protrusion,convexity=10) {
translate([0,-3.5,0])
mirror([0,1,0])
text(text="softsolder",size=6,spacing=1.20,font="Arial:style:Bold",halign="center",valign="center");
translate([0,3.5,0])
mirror([0,1,0])
text(text=".com",size=6,spacing=1.20,font="Arial:style:Bold",halign="center",valign="center");
}
}
}
module Lid() {
difference() {
hull()
for (i=[-1,1], j=[-1,1], k=[-1,1])
translate([i*(LidSize.x/2 - CornerRadius),
j*(LidSize.y/2 - CornerRadius),
k*(LidSize.z - CornerRadius)]) // double thickness for flat bottom
sphere(r=CornerRadius/cos(180/8),$fn=8);
translate([0,0,-LidSize.z]) // remove bottom
cube([(LidSize.x + 2*Protrusion),(LidSize.y + 2*Protrusion),2*LidSize.z],center=true);
for (j=[-1,1]) // wire holes
translate([0,j*WireOC/2,-Protrusion])
PolyCyl(WireOD,2*LidSize.z,6);
for (j=[-1,1])
translate([0,j*LidScrewOC,-Protrusion])
PolyCyl(LidScrew[ID],2*LidSize.z,6);
}
}
//-------------------
// Show & build stuff
if (Layout == "Case")
Case();
if (Layout == "Lid")
Lid();
if (Layout == "AntCap")
AntennaCap();
if (Layout == "RecFlag")
RecFlag();
if (Layout == "Spider")
if (Struts == -1)
DualSpider();
else
cube(10,center=true);
if (Layout == "Build") {
rotate(90)
Case();
translate([0,-(CaseSize.x/2 + LidSize.x/2 + Gap),0])
rotate(90)
Lid();
if (Struts == -1) {
difference() {
union() {
translate([CaseSize.x/2 + RadomePillar[OD],0,0])
DualSpider();
translate([-(CaseSize.x/2 + RadomePillar[OD]),0,0])
rotate([180,0,0])
DualSpider();
}
translate([0,0,-2*CaseSize.z])
rotate(90)
cube(4*CaseSize,center=true);
}
}
if (WWVB) {
for (i=[-1,1])
translate([i*(Antenna[LENGTH]/2 - AntCapSize[LENGTH]),CaseSize.x/2 + Antenna[OD],0])
AntennaCap();
translate([0,CaseSize.x/2 + Antenna[OD],0])
RecFlag();
}
}
if (Layout == "Show") {
Case();
for (j=[-1,1])
color("Brown",0.3)
translate([-StrutOC.x/2,j*StrutOC.y/2,Protrusion])
cylinder(d=StrutDia[ID],h=3*CaseSize.z,$fn=StrutSides);
translate([-(CaseSize.x/2 - LidSize.x/2),0,(CaseSize.z + Gap)])
Lid();
if (Struts == -1)
translate([-StrutOC.x/2,0,3*CaseSize.z])
DualSpider();
if (WWVB) {
for (j=[-1,1])
translate([-StrutOC.x/2,,j*(Antenna[LENGTH]/2 - AntCapSize[LENGTH]),1.5*CaseSize.z])
rotate([-j*90,0,0])
AntennaCap();
translate([-StrutOC.x/2,,-(StrutOC.y/2),2*CaseSize.z])
RecFlag();
}
}

LED-ified Halogen Desk Lamp: DC LED Driver

Feeding half-wave rectified 12 V AC into the 4 W LED lamp I hung on the end of the halogen desk lamp worked at human scale, but produced dark bars across images made with my Pixel phones. Having solved that problem for the LED lighting on Mary’s sewing machines, I replaced the OEM transformer with a 12 VDC power supply:

LED Desk Lamp - Driver installed
LED Desk Lamp – Driver installed

The steel lump inside the base is the OEM weight that, in addition to two pounds of transformer, kept the whole affair from toppling over.

The transformer inside the DC supply weighs basically nothing:

LED Desk Lamp - Driver PCB
LED Desk Lamp – Driver PCB

The original 12 VAC transformer powered a 50 W halogen bulb and loafed along at 14.7 VAC (yes, RMS) into the 4 W LED. The light is somewhat dimmer at 12 VDC, but not enough to worry about.

Aaaaand the photo bars are gone!