Tim Sherwood from Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa brings us this this awesome stage design. (And no, this has nothing to do with the McRib.)
Tim wanted to use the same LED tape as his last set to help with keep cost down. So he needed to come up with a different shape to do the lights in. He drew inspiration from all over. This was actually modeled off of a European game show that he saw on Pinterest.
They used the same technique for getting their LED tape up off of their surface as the Chevron design to get the most coverage they could. These particular lights begin to diffuse out at 10″, so they made their lighting spaces 9″. The kicker with these was the obvious circles and the outer ribs were concaved. So instead of using the solid pieces of trim they previously used, they had to use foam trim to get the bends they needed. They used 1/4 in luan for the arches and ribs. They built a jig to get the bends identical for the ribs. In order for them to keep their shape they staggered and glued two pieces of luan together and screwed them down to the jig until the glue had dried. In order to hold their shape when standing, they made a base with a 14″ cut so the ribs could slide down into them. They then used fishing line to help keep the tension on the concave. Their arches were 6′ and 10′. They used a makeshift compass to get their circumference correct. They used the same overlapping technique to make them more rigid. They then used a planer to make the wedges for the foam trim to attach to. These were held on with liquid nails and the trim was also glued and stapled to the wedges. They used clear packaging tape to hold their LED lights in place. Total material cost came in under $700 for this one.
They used Supernight LED tape they purchased on Amazon for roughly $16 dollars a roll. If you go back and look at the Chevron design, you will see what decoders they used to switch to DMX. The rest of their stage lighting consisted of 12 ETC Selador Vivid R’s and 4 Robe Robin Deluxe’s all run from a ETC Congo Kid.