About this course
Watch the original video from YouTube for the inspiration, basic plan and how-to.
These particular frames are about 1m x .5m for the larger box, and .5m by .2m for the smaller box. Of course, that is scaled for a small studio, so I would probably build them larger for a "real" stage. On the horizontal, I left a few centimeters of extra length so that the strips would land in the middle of the wood, which is made from simple 1x2 furring strips.
I used meters to measure because LED tape is generally sold in 5m rolls, so using meters is the most efficient and easy way to not waste tape!
I used scrap blocks to connect the horizontals and verticals from the back. There are many ways to attach wood together, but this is fast, cheap, and when we paint it all black and stand 20+ feet away, nobody will see it!
For this project I used a cheaper LED tape from BTF LED on Amazon. The tape in stock at the time was 12v tape with 30 LED's per meter and 10 pixels per meter (each controllable pixel = 3 LED's).
Having less pixels can be both good and bad. Sure, you don't get control of each "dot" of light...but you also use 1/3 of the control channels, and from 20+ feet away, it may not be noticeable!
It's a waterproof tape, so it doesn't have any adhesive backing (boo), so I used small strips of mounting tape to attach them to the set.
Total cost: depends a lot on your size of stage, but I estimate a full-size 2-tier box to be about
$36 + Your choice of pixel controller. Could be cheaper with non-pixel tape, etc.
There are a few things that I would change.
Got questions? Let us know in the forums!
Begin with this lesson to learn some of the pros and cons of using custom LED products in your show:
Now that we've figured out that we do want to use custom LED's in our lighting, which type of LED should you choose?
Follow these videos to learn how to work with "Dumb" RGB or RGBW/A LED's.
Here comes the fun part! Working with pixels is now less expensive than it's ever been, and it's a whole lot of fun. Here is the complete guide as to what you need, and how to make it all work together!
Last, we've got an appendix of sorts, to show you how to configure some of the interfaces I've covered in this action plan. Definitely worth checking out before you buy!