Light Sticks Stage Design

Light Sticks

Andrew Acuna from Palm Valley Church in Mission, TX brings us this great and simple use of LED tape.

Materials:

Andrew started by purchasing regular indoor tape that was 150 count. But he quickly realized it was an inferior product. Also the first DMX decoders he purchased were also pretty bad. The one he ended up with was good.

This 300 ct. LED tape was waterproof and great! It had a coating over the lights that made it look and feel great. He cut 2.5″ PVC to 7′, 6′, 5′, & 4′ lengths, then the LED tape to length. The tape stuck right on with little problem and because it has the clear, you could tape over it to reuse it. He then cut the wires and wired them RGB w/ the white as the power supply as pictured. He used the 18 ga wire to go to the power supplies. He then patched them into his Jands Vista as a Generic LED RGB.

A couple of problems he encountered:

The power supply. He started with regular 12v power supplies. The light was inconsistent and had intensity issues so he went with the more powerful power supplies and wired three decoders into each using the power cables to power the supply itself.

The wire stripping. He started out not being very diligent about using his wire strippers. This is important as you need a good connection for all your ends.

Don’t skimp on the power supplies or the decoders. They need to be good quality. One final thought would be that it takes a long time. He made 16 separated fixtures which meant 10 wires to strip and connect per fixture (not to mention the ones he messed up). Total man hours are around 30 to do it right.

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31 responses to Light Sticks

  1. I’m completely new at using LED strips with DMX Encoders. Does each light stick have it’s own Encoder? A diagram showing the wiring would really help.

    I’m guessing all the encoders go to one power supply or multiple ones?

  2. I forgot to ask if you could send the diagram.

    eddcen@gmail.com

    Thanks!

  3. Nice to see the Valley on here! :P
    KUDOS!

  4. so is this just PVC pipe standing up with LED tape stuck to it?

  5. HI Andrew, I forgot to ask if you could send the diagram.

    anthonyvalenz@gmail.com

    thanks.
    God Bless.

  6. Hey Andrew,

    Great design and even better, thanks for all the product links! Could you send me the wiring diagram as well? I think this is a great way to get into using LED tape.

    christian@trygrace.org

    Godspeed,

    Christian

  7. This looks amazing. Would you mind sending me a diagram and specifics?

    Thanks so much,
    Jeremy

  8. How goes Andrew? Really cool design. Would you be able to email me diagrams and specs as well (to andrew@lifechurchlv.org) ??

    Thanks much, Andrew Kelley

  9. Ozzie De la Cruz March 2, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Hello Andrew, could you email me the design at ozieldelacruz@gmail.com

  10. Manuel Vallejo March 6, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Hey Andrew, Great Design Idea! Could you email be the diagram specifics at manuelv4@yahoo.com. Thanks

  11. Andrew,

    We’ve been using LED tape for some time now and something we always ran into was voltage drop when connecting 2 LED strips together. If we ran pure white, the end of the second strand would take on a more green appearance.

    Did you guys run into this issue with these? We use the exact same LED tape you linked too and we just purchased the same power supply you linked to as well and still have the same result. Our DMX boxes I believe are the same. Did you only run maximum of 1 strand off each DMX or did you do seperate wire runs to each strand from the DMX boxes? Any advice would be awesome because we are tired of beating our heads against the wall.

    Thanks,

    Dan

  12. Hi Andrew, if you get a chance could you email the design diagram?

    nate@wordandworship.org

  13. Could you send me the diagram as well? Thanks Andrew, this looks rad!

  14. Hi, can I please have the diagram. Jedonhismac@me.com

    Thanks
    Jed

  15. Isaiah Magana May 4, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Hey Andrew can I get a diagram sent to me. Great design. isaiah@journeychristian.org

  16. Andrew Any chance I could get the diagram as well? Trying to use this idea for a camp coming up!!!

    Luke.still@gbcfl.org

  17. Hey Andrew this is incredible! Could I get the diagram as well that others have been asking for? And are all the links to Amazon all the supplies needed? My email is: parker@graceevan.org

  18. Hey this looks amazing! Can you email me the diagram? Danplants24@gmail.com

  19. Amazing. I would love to try this please could you send me the diagram please my email is mosesogbeche@gmail.com

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