Disco Boxes

Nathan Sutliff from The Crossing Church in Westminster, CO brings us these light boxes straight out of a disco floor.

They did a series called Illuminate and wanted to build some light boxes for their back wall. They built eight 3’x3′ boxes knowing they would only use 7 (given the wall dimensions and number of 3’x3′ squares they could get from 4×8 sheets of OSB). They had leftover commercial C9 light stringers from previous projects as well as S11 intermediate base bulbs. They needed a few more so they ordered them from 1000bulbs.com (C9 and S11)

They drilled twenty-five 1-inch holes in each 3×3 square, made a frame to raise the fabric (which they had leftover from another project) above the lights. They were plugged into two NSI 4-channel dimmers giving them the option to control each one individually, create chases, and use them as blinders.

The total cost for materials was under $200 thanks to the left over materials they recycled for this project.

Note: Be very aware of heat against fabric if you build something like this. They used 10-watt bulbs…so the heat produced wasn’t too much. But use flame resistant materials whenever possible to avoid a tragedy.

2 responses to Disco Boxes

  1. Thanks for all the details and the video clip. I’m minded to see whether I could make something similar, but avoid all the wiring time by purchasing some Christmas light garlands and folding them to create the shapes.

  2. what kind of wash lights are you using and how many. thx

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