Duane Loux from Grace Community in Fort Smith, Arkansas brings us these dripping LED fixtures for their stage.
The LED tubes themselves where months of research and planning that all started in the middle of last year. At that time, it was just a concept Duane had rolling around in his head. This type of LED had a chip on each LED making each led (or pixel) addressable, allowing it to display video on graphic content to the LEDs as you wish. This is programmed to the controller using an included computer program. Ultimately, he would like to to push live content to the LEDs.
The construction of the LED tubes were pretty simple overall. He carefully inserted the LED strips into the tubes and adhered them to one side keeping it as straight as possible. Then he zip tied them to the pond netting backdrop. He used pond netting because of how very inexpensive it is and how large of sizes you can get it in. It also allows for very easy changes of patterns or arrangements of the LED tubes.
He preload the controller’s SD card with a dozen or so animations or still graphics that he can call up by DMX at anytime.
He purchased a FlexiWhite Projector Screen from carlofet.com who has always been a great resource for DIY projector screen projects. The size was 24.5’ x 10.5’ (2.39:1 ratio) hung with a metal frame kit he also got from carlofet.com. Once he had the screen hung, it was just a matter of setting up ProPresenter’s edge blending module to display it as one screen from the two Christie Roadie S9 projectors.
For the pin spot triangles, he built 10 triangle frames out of 1×2” wood. He attached one to each corner to create the effect. Each triangle ws on a separate dimmer to give the flexibility of different effects.
30 American DJ Pin Spots
36 LED tubes (only 22 used in this design)
85m of WS2811 Led Strips
36 T8 tube guards 8’
T-8000 LED Controller
Various connectors and wire
Pond netting for hanging the tubes in various places
Projector Screen 24.5’ x 10.5’ (2.39:1 ratio) FlexiWhite Projector Screen from Carlofet.com
Total cost for project: $1,900