Michael Martin from TrueNorth Church in North Augusta, SC brings us this great LED tape design.
- LED Strip lighting
- 20 decoder boxes
- 20 power supplies
- Cat5 cable
- Black paint
20’ tall x 30’ wide
From Michael: One of the greatest challenges came from attempting to mount the LED tape to the structure. The adhesive that comes on the back of the tape is not strong enough to hold the tape over long runs. We found that clear zip ties worked the best in holding the strip to the wooden frame. When the LED strip is on, the zip ties are not visible.
We purchased our LED materials off of Amazon (made in China) to help keep the cost down. With this, there are some quirks. These boxes do not work well when chained with DMX. We found that running into the first box DMX and then chaining the remaining 19 boxes with Cat5 worked the best.
For any of our sets that we build, one of our goals is to create a set that is low profile and takes up a small amount of stage space. This set took up less than 2’ in stage depth. We used three 2”x12”x10’ board for our base. This weight alone made the structure stand without moving, but we felt we needed more security. We sat 5 gallon buckets filled with concrete (painted black) on the base and then chained the top of the triangle to a beam directly above the set.
We really enjoy using LED strip lighting in our sets. One of the greatest benefits comes from the fact that we are adding more fixtures to our lighting rig. With so many sets before this, we were trying to uplight structures and set designs. This always took lights away from their main purpose. Whenever we add more fixtures to the set, we find that it has a bigger WOW factor.