Greg Springer from First Christian Church in Norfolk, Nebraska brings us this Christmas design.
Inspired by Twinkle Pallet Trees, they came up with this design. A couple of Greg’s stage team members built and installed these in about 8 hrs. They lit them using a ADJ RGBA mega bar on each of the 4 largest trees, and a ADJ rgb megabar50 on the smaller 2 trees. They used cedar dog-eared fencing materials in 4′ and 6′ lengths and a 2×4 on edge for the center support. To lay out the trees, they took gaffers tape, and taped out their triangles on the floor, layed out the boards and used the tape as cutting guides. The wood was very easy to split using a wonderbar and a hammer to give it some rustic feel. Be careful on your screw choice as the ceder is very soft and if screw head is too small it can be pulled through the board.
The center panel was inspired by Glow Grid. They used kitchen vinyl wall panel (bought at Menards), with rgb strip lighting on both top and bottom edges resting in a notch cut into 2×4’s. The key to the design was curving the vinyl as it seemed to even out the light distribution across the whole panel instead of just the edges. The notches also aimed naturally blocked direct view of the LED’s. The six sections were all self contained and will be seperated and flipped to be used as pillars in an upcoming design.
Hints: The RGB strip adhesive is not very sticky, so they bought double sided tape to attach it. The notch allowed not only a spot to attach the rgb strip but the other side of the “V” notch was used to staple the vinyl to. Be careful with the RGB strip, it’s cheap because it is several pieces soldered together, and so is fragile during installation, but very cost effective.
Trees: $150 Not including lighting
2×4′ in 10′, 12′, 14′ Lengths for center supports
2×4’s for support legs
4′ and 6′ lengths of Dog Eared Cedar Fence boards
4 ADJ megabar RGBA
2 ADJ megabar50 RGB
Materials for Grid Wall: $600 ($200 of resusable infrastructure included, dmx decoders, power supplies)
6 DMX Decoders: 1 for each horizontal row. (These have 8A supply per channel R,G,B, which is more powerful than most, and can handle larger loads, AKA longer rgb strips)
2 12V 30A power supplies (instead of using a lot of wall transformers):
Supernight RBG Light Strip: 6 rolls @ 16.5′ per roll
Vinyl Panel $14 for a 4×8 sheet (1/2 sheet per box) bought at local menards (check by wall paneling)
2×4’s for framing, painted black
2 sided 3m tape for rgb strip. Might try automative trim tape, it might work better.