Originally Posted by vikgrao
Those Panels look simply awesome, Don't see any hot spots at all. Lighting retail value of 30.000
Yours will be one of the top few elite theaters on AVS i am predicting
Thanks Vik, I am just trying to catch up to your theater at the moment! All kidding aside, I hope it ends up being the theater I have wanted to build for many years. I think that collectively the knowledge base on this Forum is incredible and there is virtually no topic related to a DIY theater build that is not left uncovered. Maybe I can make my little contribution and "give back" to the community I have received so much from over the past 12 years. (Yes, I have been on the Forum that long....but I had a long "hiatus" when I transferred jobs and was overseas working for a time. I think my old user name was purged via the "use it or lose it" approach, hence the new ID.)
Originally Posted by RTROSE
Those panels look really sweet. I love the look of them both a la natural and back lit. Classy stuff. Shaping up to be a unique build for sure.
Thanks RT! I'll try to get better photos at some point in the near future. I was able to secure enough 8" x 8" sample alabaster panels from 3-Form to build a full-scale mock-up of my proposed column panels. I bought Melamine sheet material from Lowe's so I can construct a scale mock-up to work out the specifics of the RGB LED backlighting. Plus, I'll try to use my new camera with tripod just as soon as I figure out how to take good low-light pictures and turn off the automatic flash!
Much, much more to come....
Originally Posted by Mr.Tim
If I didn't know any better.. I'd say those look an awful lot like WS2801 pixels
Where did you end up sourcing them from?
That's a loaded question, but many, many different sellers over an extended period of time. I know it may seem like I have a big budget, but I am having to scrimp, scrape and find the right deal for every purchase. For example, the iPlayer3
handles ALL of the RGB LED lighting loads and will allow sophisticated control of everything right down to each individual LED. The sky is the limit with this incredible device, but at $1500 it is way out of my budget. Even the $1200 "street price" is a non-starter. But I have had the luxury of time to shop and found a used but like-new iPlayer3 on eBay from some California movie studio that used it for two weeks for only $250 off eBay. Power supplies have the same story....they alone would have run me close to $3700 all totaled at retail value, $2900 street price. Enter eBay again where I found most new, but some used but in new condition including original packaging, for $550. I was able to find strands of iColor Flex SL for an average of $55 per strand vs. their $805 retail price and $600 street price. You can see where things can really start to add up when you need multiples upon multiples of everything.
By the way, I finally had a few minutes to go through all of YOUR threads....very nice!! You are FAH-LYING, at least by DIY standards!
I see now why you are all over the WS2801 technology as an early adopter / tinkerer. You should ABSOLUTELY post a video of your Christmas lighting display!!
Thanks as well for the thorough description of the power considerations necessary to properly execute RGB LED lighting, particularly with voltage drop / resistance. I was going to jump in and explain the same thing in later posts to share what I have learned, but I doubt I will do it as eloquently. This was another reason for me to go with a professional Color Kinetics system - because all of the engineering work is already done. Voltage drops are addressed with different lengths of professionally designed "leader cables" which cannot be cut. So the whole system is a bit more plug and play. I may have said this before, but the real reason I sought out a professional system was for control AND the ability to interface with other third-party systems such as Lutron and Savant / Crestron / AMX easily. Although there are many stand-alone dedicated controllers that can do a very nice job, they offer no Integration with third party control systems.
I'll have to send you a PM in the near future asking for a bit of help / input for the edge-lit panels on the outside of my theater door. The Color Kinetics strands cannot be cut, so I have to seek another alternative. I was considering the cheap 5050 light strips, but I would like to run my engineering by you first as you have a lot of experience. Any guy who claims he is a not an electronics guru but has built thousands of LED light assemblies is still a guru in my book!!!
Nice job again on your thread. I am subscribed and will be following along.
For those of you wanting to know the post I am referring to in Mr. Tim's thread on LED voltage drops, HERE
Work is extremely busy this week, but .......my family will be here for Christmas and my brother and FIL are excited to help me with the theater, primarily getting two layers of 5/8" drywall cut, Green Glued and caulked between the joists in the ceiling of my theater. With any luck I'll even insulate and make it to the construction pics of the soundproof shell. I can't wait!
EDIT: Correcting horrible early morning pre-coffee grammar!Edited by TMcG - 12/18/12 at 3:51pm