Automatic Stage Light Box

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  1. DJETHANOL

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    alright guys here is a quick guide to building your own light box (for those not familiar its basically a box with halogen lights inside and plexiglass on top with sensors that lights up when you jump on it) for those of us not playing madison square garden this is a very cool prop for do it yourself live shows.

    real quick before you read this guide check out my awesome band ALAMANCE

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    you can do this a number of different ways. I designed my box to be as lightweight and durable as possible.

    you need to start with a frame first whether its build of 2x4's or thick plywood is at your discretion

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    as you can see I used treated deck rail slats which I just had lying around, turns out they are a great alternative to 2x4's trading a little strength for light weight.

    I would recommend painting now or even before you start building frame, just easier in long run

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    i used L brackets for stability *not pictured i actually added extra supports for the frame because of the heavy use and people constantly jumping on it cant be too careful.

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    now comes the outer shell of the box, you can do whatever you want although keep in mind these lights (i used 500 watt halogen lights) put out a tremendous amount of heat and that can be a problem for your wiring/plexi i would recommend having rubber feet on the bottom so there is some sort of gap in between the floor and box, also vents in sides or even plexi cant hurt.

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    pay no attention to the giant circles cut out in the front, that was to house inserts for my bands logo (i actually had to scrap that and make square cut outs for the logo) also note vents in the back

    last thing was to put flight case style hardware on it (since i used 1'4 plywood which isnt the strongest choice obviously because of weight.

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    also note the foam stripping on top to give the needed spring to the plexiglass ive seen people use rubber stripping and carpet foam as well for this

    the wiring is pretty basic stuff, you can use normal momentary contact switches available at any radioshack. they are pretty fragile though, I am currently searching for more durable options



    that about wraps it up sorry I wasn't more thorough Its late and I have work early if you feel i left anything out or still have questions please pm me Ill be happy to answer them.
     
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    Pics are broken dude! Really keen to see this, can you get them working? :)
     
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    I second that
     
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    ahhh wtf? they were literally working last night? ill try to figure out today i have work tho please be patient :/ lammmmmmeeeeeeee
     
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    Try uploading to photobucket or some photo sharing site like it...all of the IMG html's begin with "https" which may or may not be causing the issue.
     
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    Why you no pics?
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    enjoy :D
     
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    there up now my bro.
     
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    Nice, we made similar ones, but a bit shorter and smalled, but still are very bulky, I like your approach.

    I would suggest maybe using different colored LEDs to reduce the weight?
     
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    How are you triggering this?
     
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    That looks awesome, it would be really cool if it had a pressure trigger so that it lit up if you stood on it, that would look awesome on stage
     
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    Putting coloured perspex on it would be cool, purple floodlights :p
    It would be cool to trigger these with a piezo transducer controlling some relays, then you could have them flashing in time to the bass drum
     
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    I second this cause this is awesome. I thought the foam was supposed to compress when you stood on it to make contact with the switch but i dont see it.

    Edit: okay i see. You have the momentary switches mounted on L brackets so when the foam compresses the switches trigger. Cool. Id rather do this with a stomp box style button on the edge or something so that you can still use this as a foot rest. Maybe if only part of the plexiglass was raised and the rest was flush mounted.
     
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    Im seriously entertaining building one with the piezo/relay driver I mentioned.
     
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    This is actually really cool.



    In this video they show how if you only step on one side it will only light up one side. That would be super awesome. Im definitely building a couple of these. Probably one for each guitarist and maybe one in the middle for the singer. But im gonna make it a bit larger/higher.
     
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    what type of leds would you suggest? we are using 500 halogen work lights they actually are not that heavy and are bright as shit
     
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    it does have pressure momentary switches so when we jump on them it lights up each side has a different switch so when you step on the left side only that part lights up *that one pic with both of them on was taken before we installed the switches*
     
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    hahaha that sounds nuts man i still have to build one more of these bad boys and getting colored films is a great idea
     
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    this video is actually where i got the inspiration for my project. i will take more pics to demonstrate we have 2 different lights activated by different momentary switches like these guys, but if you look on the last pic with the guitar case you can see i also put in see-thru plexi glass logos of the band name in front which also light up when activated
     
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    that sounds great man, just be warned these boxes are not cheap to make, this box ran me almost 300, thats why i havent made a second one yet. just wait til you start going to home depot haha
     

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