Jeremy Framstad from Grace Community Church in Fremont, Ohio brings us this cool geometric use of LED tape.
They took their design cues from Josh Feris of Praise Church in Beaumont, TX on this stage setup. Their setup was very similar.
First, they needed to figure out their layout and they did that by sketching it out, then putting it into a scaled Photoshop project. When they print it out on 11 x 17 paper, their scale was every ¼” equals 1 foot. This allowed them to know their lengths and distances for their support cabling.
They used DMX decoders for each LED strip so they could address them individually. This gave them flexibility in their lighting design. The LED backdrop could chase and each strip could be changed independently of the others. They used 360 watt power supplies for up to 6 DMX decoder per supply. Most of the power supplies had 4 or 5 decoders attached. By building them in this module format it allowed them to swap out components when one went bad.
The LED strip lighting was attached to 1×2 that had been painted black. This gave them the rigidity they needed and a way to support them. These were then zip-tied to aircraft cable that was stretched at 5-foot intervals and slid up into place. Using 18/4-thermostat wiring, they extended the LED strip wiring. That can be found at any home store.
Their budget was $1,750.