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DIY Flood / upwash lights

#1 Post by J_Dunavin » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:30 pm

I have really been needing to add some sort of wash or ambient lighting that i could control, during the dances I DJ.
I built up some ply wood boxes and mounted some angle braces inside in an attempt to create a sudo lens, to help beam the light a bit more.
I'm very happy with the results!
I use a total of eight, 1 meter LED strips, 2 white, 2 blue, 2 green, and 2 red.
This is the module that i am using to control them as well.
http://www.nledshop.com/fourchan/
In all, I have about $30 in each light.

With freestyler DMX running on an old laptop and with a MIDI controller I am able to change the color and brightness on the fly and even assigned a button to strobe the white lights.
Right now i have just built two of them, and i have enough parts for five. I figure one shinning on the dance floor and two on either side of the room should have a nice effect.

The last picture is in a gym that i did last weekend.
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Re: DIY Flood / upwash lights

#2 Post by DJPhatman » Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:18 am

Your pics are no-show with Photobucket.
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#3 Post by Grant Bunter » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:17 pm

DJPhatman wrote:Your pics are no-show with Photobucket.
True be that, unless you're prepared to fork over about $300US/year to use photobucket as an image host. This is a major change in photobucket, and I won't use it any more. I don't need an image bank for my own purposes.
I'm going to put up a thread about it.

Other than that, I've started using DMX frestyler as well (buying and learning how to run a DMX rig has been a bit of a learning curve for a guy that has only ever used incandescents and/or old school dimmers), and it's going well so far...
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DR 250: x 2 (melded array) with March 2012 plans.
T39's: 4 x 20" BP102 , 2 x 28" 3012lf.
WH8: x 3 with melded array.
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#4 Post by Think » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:35 pm

Don't you have a space for a basic homepage/website at your internet provider? Then you can use a FTP tool to put them on there and link to them.

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#5 Post by Grant Bunter » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:41 pm

Think wrote:Don't you have a space for a basic homepage/website at your internet provider? Then you can use a FTP tool to put them on there and link to them.
No. I don't get that with my provider. That's why I use image hosting...
Built:
DR 250: x 2 (melded array) with March 2012 plans.
T39's: 4 x 20" BP102 , 2 x 28" 3012lf.
WH8: x 3 with melded array.
Bunter's Audio and Lighting "like"s would be most appreciated...

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#6 Post by Think » Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:56 pm

To bad, where I live those are standard included with almost every adsl/vdsl account but hardly anyone seems to use those....
Maybe you can use one of these http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-image ... -services/ but from what I have seen, I would skip imageshack.

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Re: DIY Flood / upwash lights

#7 Post by J_Dunavin » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:28 pm

Rats!
Any web hosting sites you guys recommend? I want to show you my floods.
Did a barn dance gig last night and they worked out great.

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#8 Post by Grant Bunter » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:51 pm

J_Dunavin wrote:Rats!
Any web hosting sites you guys recommend? I want to show you my floods.
Did a barn dance gig last night and they worked out great.
Resize the pic in paintshop or a photo editor programme and load it direct as an attachment.

I wanna see what you've done!
Built:
DR 250: x 2 (melded array) with March 2012 plans.
T39's: 4 x 20" BP102 , 2 x 28" 3012lf.
WH8: x 3 with melded array.
Bunter's Audio and Lighting "like"s would be most appreciated...

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Re: DIY Flood / upwash lights

#9 Post by J_Dunavin » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:45 pm

I Edited the original post to show some pictures of the lights in action.
I should of snapped a picture of looking into the barn door. The one lights was shining up, and highlighting some of the entry way and the 2nd light was on the far wall, it looked really good, and was bright enough to overcome the work lights and Christmas lights that were also hung.
You can also see two of my ADJ pocket scans shining their pattern on the floor. They are also part of the DMX chain and can be controlled via Freestyler. I have made a few sequences, which include just a solid colors and a slow sweep for slow songs, and multi color patterns with movement all over for faster songs.
Here i have attached the connection plate, which a buddy from work cut out on his DIY 2axis cnc machine. (The Dsub connector is for a remote box that i can plug into and set the address and load preset colors for stand alone functionality.
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#10 Post by Grant Bunter » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:08 pm

Sweeeet.

Great job!
Built:
DR 250: x 2 (melded array) with March 2012 plans.
T39's: 4 x 20" BP102 , 2 x 28" 3012lf.
WH8: x 3 with melded array.
Bunter's Audio and Lighting "like"s would be most appreciated...

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#11 Post by Rich4349 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:32 pm

What are the dimensions of these? Did you use any specific website as a reference for wiring them up?
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Re: DIY Flood / upwash lights

#12 Post by J_Dunavin » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:11 am

These are 42 inches long, and the side profile is 5 in wide by 4 in tall.
I didn't follow any plans except for the wiring instructions from that DMX module I bought. The rest was a little trial and error. I did some prelim tests and found that just one strip of RGB+W wasn't going to be as bright as I had hoped, so I doubled up and used two strips of each color. Northern lights also offers a module to control addressable RGB led's like the WS2812s, but those don't have the lumans that the 5630, 12v single color strips do, though the color mixing would probably look smoother.
There are 70 deg angled sides on the inside with mirror tape and I extended the outer sides up a bit to act as a blinder a little. Otherwise the light just floods to much.

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