Par 38 Stellar Labs 555 11411 RGB Flood Light

Par 38 Stellar Labs 555 11411 RGB Flood Light

I found this RGB flood light on MCM’s website. I receive their email specials and this items was listed for $30 with $5 shipping. I was able to get the flood light to be controlled by both X-Lights/Nutcracker, and Light o Rama S3 software. Pretty happy with the results. This is very bright and I know the video doesn’t do […]

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Pixel Spinner/Star Test

Pixel Spinner/Star Test

***Update Spring 2015… These have been disassembled and rebuilt using RGB bullet pixel nodes. See new video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCrtGR… Using 1/2″ PVC cut to 22″ and connecting 2 “T” connectors together with a bolt, I made the spinner. Each leg on the spinner has 5 pixels (RGB Pixel strips), with a total of 40 pixels. This was the prototype and […]

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Dumb RGB Controllers and Nodes easy connecting and testing

Dumb RGB Controllers and Nodes easy connecting and testing

Connecting up a pigtail and dumb RGB nodes to an RGB controller and DC power supply. Using a converted computer power supply to burn-in test new nodes. Sorry, these are not for sale. This is meant to be an instructional video for a group that ordered together. Concepts are the same for most DMX controllers.  

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RGB Upgrade for Radio Station Sign

RGB Upgrade for Radio Station Sign

This video gives instructions on how to build an illuminated sign. This project began in 2010 with the initial build of the sign using pllexiglas and a 2×3 frame, along with some scrap plywood and 1×2’s. This video touches on the original build but shows how I converted the signs from 110v to 20 RGB modules. A total cost of […]

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Twig Tree How-To Build 2013

Twig Tree How-To Build 2013

In 2013 I added 7 twig trees to the Leechburg Lights display. The trees came from Home Depot and were around $15 each on clearance. I ordered dumb RGB nodes with white wire to install on the tree. I removed the factory LEDs and assembled a wire-harness for the new RGB’s. This was a very time consuming project. Took me […]

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Pixel Spinner with 96 Pixels

Pixel Spinner with 96 Pixels

Rebuilding and replacing my original pixel strip spinners for 2015. These spinners will have 12 pixels per leg. The old spinners had 5 pixels on each leg. This should provide a much more dense look to the spinner while giving me more control over the element. Total assembly time was around 3 hours from start-to-finish, including the video shooting.

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$16 Pixel Controller running test mode

$16 Pixel Controller running test mode

Testing the DMX-SPI Decoder. If using pixels on an indoor tree, this controller could run up to 170 pixels with power injections. Simple push-button operation makes it easy to change the per-programmed mode Controller found at this sight. Took maybe 2 weeks to arrive. I emailed seller on shipping, it was lower then the online store quoted. http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/DMX-SPI-decoder-support-10-kinds-of-different-pixel-IC-can-choose-your-required-IC-by/701799_926657089.html

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New Pixel Spinner Completed!

Spinner cover pic

Here is another video on how to build a pixel spinner.  If you have visited the display you’ll know that the spinners have been used for many years in the Leechburg Lights display.  There are 96 individually addressable pixel “bulbs” on the spinner.  The previous model had only 40.  This latest upgrade and should prove to be pretty cool when […]

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Window frame upgrade in-progress!

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Completed the upstairs window frame conversion.  I have removed all the RGB lights from the frames.  They were held on by zipties for 2 years.  In that time the ties became britle thanks to the sun and cold temps.  Used a drill press (borrowed from my sister), a drill press vice, 1/2 inch countersink drill bit, and some Krylon Fusion […]

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