The Baja Bug night light was created because I was sitting with my brother looking through his photos. As always this is a very serious trip along memory lane. The Baja Bug night light image really reminded me of the first VW Beetle that he build and I could not resist to make it into a night light. Here’s to all you VW Beetle fanatics, enjoy.
The version of the image can be found in Pinterest
A bit of History from Wikipedia on Baja Bug night Light
A Baja Bug is an original Volkswagen Beetle modified to operate off-road (open desert, sand dunes and beaches), although other versions of air-cooled Volkswagens are sometimes modified as well. Baja Bugs originated in Southern California in the late 1960s as an inexpensive answer to the successful Volkswagen-based dune buggies of the mid-1960s, especially the Meyers Manx. The building of the first Baja Bug is generally credited to Gary Emory of Parts Obsolete, circa 1968. The first Baja Bug in racing is credited to Dave Deal, the Californian cartoonist, in the Mexican 1000 of 1968.The first fiberglass Baja kit (bug eye kit) was not introduced until 1969 by the Miller-Havens company. In the early days before fiberglass body panels became available, enthusiast and racers simply made their own modification to both the body and mechanicals of a stock VW to develop a machine suited to harsh, off-road environments. The metal fenders and front and rear aprons of the car would be partially cut away to allow more for ground clearance and suspension travel. This came to be known as a “Cut Baja”. More power was attained by fitting dual port heads and modifying fuel injection systems from Volkswagen Type 3 engines to work on the Type 1 Beetle engine.
Baja Bug Night Light designs
The night lights can be made from any
- drawing or
that you have and brings a great memory to you. This picture is then converted into a pure black and white image and any text that you want is added.
The black and white image is sent to you before carving is done to make sure that you are happy with the image. We also simulate all our carving before doing the real carving. In some cases, we will suggest a larger size especially when there is a large amount of detail in the picture. The carving tool removes around 0.25 by 0.24 mm of plexiglas and in some cases, detail is destroyed. Thus, by increasing the canvas size, the detail is protected and you will have the desired effect. This image is then carved on plexiglas and mounted.
Baja Bug night light mounting
The image is either wall mounted or on a foot piece for free-standing units. The foot piece is normally from Walnut, Oak, Poplar or cherry wood but can also be from plastic,brass or aluminum.
Baja Bug night light size
The maximum size of the image use in the art decor night light is 800 by 500 mm. The thickness is from 3 mm to 25 mm but we mainly work in 5 mm plexiglass thickness. The standard size images are carved from a 200 by 200 by 5 mm piece of plexiglas fitted on a 190 mm by 60 by 20 mm wooden base. When making wall units, the standard size is 600 by 400 by 5 mm as this gives a beautiful clear picture even with a high level of detail.
Baja Bug night light LED and power controller
The standard unit is between 3 to 4 W LED’s which provides the equivalent of a 25 W white light bulb. The colour can be changed to any of the primary colours. The lighting system is also available with the following (on request)
- on-off switch in cable as a hand switch or foot switch,
- day-night switch to improve power utilisation,
- dimming of the LED’s,
- multi colour LED’s and
- pattern sequence.