Biltmore Church Production Staff from Biltmore Church in Asheville, NC brings us this awesome tubed design.
From the team: This stage design was inspired by a PVC design but without the PVC pipe. We instead used clear plastic tubes (the same kind that is used for fluorescent tube covers) that we either left in 8′ lengths or cut in half. we tried painting white but did not like the look of it because it was too splotchy. Instead, we used white paper covering the tube from he inside.
After we covered the tubes, we put LED tape in the inside to give it a “light saber” look. On a side note, the adhesive on the tape does not work very well so we used other adhesives to make the LEDs hold to one side of the tube. The tubes are hung with fishing line at random heights and randomly connected to City Theatrical B24 LED drivers to control them from the lighting console. The LEDs are facing the house from the stage and makes the tubes have a more even glow with the diffusion from the paper covering.
The entire project cost around $650 for the tubes, LED tape, wire and connectors. The LED drivers were purchased separately for a previous project. We put together 80 tubes to be used across three of our campuses.
The project was not difficult just very time consuming to put together and hang so many tubes. The outcome is stunning and creates a very clean look on stage and gives the impression that the tubes are floating above the stage.