Desiree Carrillo from The House Modesto in Modesto, CA brings us this great use of marquee-style lettering and LED tape.
After getting the graphic for their conference, they decided to go with a theme of light and angles. Desiree decided to do some research and she came across the post “Chevron? More Like Chevright!” on CSDI and loved how they incorporated the chevrons. She decided she wanted to do the same thing but instead flip them so the arrows pointed up, as if to “rise” up from the bottom. She also had this idea of doing a “light wall”. She had seen many posts about how different churches had done them, so she just decided to come up with her own way using collective resources. The RISE letters were the same ones from their conference last year, but instead this year’s theme colors were blue and green so she decided to spray paint the old red letters a lime green so that they would “pop” more.
For the chevrons, they framed them out and used metal sheeting. They decided to try this instead of masonite because they thought they would get a better reflection with the LED tape. Unfortunately, the metal was too reflective and instead didn’t hold any of the light in or spread it like they had hoped. They ended up painting the metal sheeting in a eggshell white. The chevrons were very lightweight and easy to move around which made it convenient for transporting. Also, unlike “Chevron: More Like Chevright!” Desiree decided to use two strands per chevron instead of one because she wanted them to really pack a punch of color (this also brought the cost of the LED’s up). For the 45deg angles, they ended up repurposing some old wood they had from a previous project. Looking back now, Desiree believes crown molding (as seen in the other post) probably would have been way easier than creating their own. Lastly, they built a basic box frame for the chevrons using 2×4’s and then attached eye bolts and suspended them above the stage.
This entire stage design: light stands, light bulbs, work lights (for the light wall), LED tape (w/ decoders and PSU’s), lumber, and paint cost them about $5,500.
Check out her portfolio for some more pics and vids: http://www.lightingdezigns.carbonmade.com