Adam Carmichael from Santa Cruz Bible Church in Santa Cruz brings us these light poles.
The inspiration for this set came from some cool live band sets they’ve seen around the web (Vertical Church Band/Bon Iver/etc) where bulbs were attached to pipes and arranged at various depths around the stage and band members. They also pulled some mounting ideas from “Light Top Bars” by Woodside Bible Church.
– bought around 40 different Edison-style reproduction bulbs from 1000bulbs.com
– around 150 feet of 1″ PVC at Home Depot
– bulb socket extensions (mostly leftover from previous stages, but we did purchase some additional) from PaperLanternStore.com
– 2 sheets of cheap particle board from Home Depot
– silver (‘Aluminum’) and black spray paint
First, they sanded all of their PVC to help it hold regular spray paint (as opposed to buying more expensive Krylon Fusion spray). Then they decided on the various lengths for the PVC (ranging from 3ft to 7ft) and cut their 10′ lengths to the desired size. They had 4x7ft – 5x6ft – 6x5ft pieces, and then the leftovers of the longer pieces became the 3 and 4ft sections. They also did some variation on those lengths (4.5ft/5.5ft, etc), which gave them a lot of options later.
After spray painting all of the PVC silver, they sanded down all of the AC plugs on the socket extensions so that they would slide through the 1″ PVC (basically, they just took off all the corners of the plugs a bit). Then, after threading a socket extension through each length of PVC, they used hot glue to glue the socket itself to the top of the PVC. Then they notched all of the PVC for the socket extensions to come out of, once they were installed on stands.
They built two different stand types. The individual stands were made by using a 1 and 3/8″ auger bit to drill through 6″ sections of 4×4 (from their woodpile, nothing special, just needed to be tall enough to give support). Those blocks were attached to plywood squares and screwed into the stage floor. All of the light stands in the back of the stage were made by sections of particle board with 2×4 legs to give the PVC some stability (they drilled a bunch of holes in each board, so that they could figure out exact placement of light stands once they were all set up, as you can see in pictures). Everything painted black.
Placement of the lights was just an eyeball thing looking for pleasing asymmetry. As they installed the painted PVC into the stands, they had to shim them with screws as the auger bit was a hair big (but the closest they could find initially).
Last step was wiring up all the lights to power strips and programming the circuits in our light board. Total man hours was in the 20-30hrs range; it took a lot more work than they thought it would.