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PhotoRay

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Saw these (home-made?) tree displays this last year. Have never seen anything like them before. The lights look programmed "moving" around inside these small trees showing through frosted acrylic. Looks like some rgb rope light or strings running around the inside edge of the tree. Anybody know anything about them?

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Looks like a modern take on this tree from 1958:

GE Light Magazine December 1958

 

Here it is again from a 1970 GE Christmas Lighting guide:

GE 1970 Christmas Idea booklet p12&13

 

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OMG! That's amazing! How did you find that?  :o

It looks almost identical. Thank you!

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1 minute ago, PhotoRay said:

OMG! That's amazing! How did you find that?  :o

It looks almost identical.

I collect vintage Christmas Lighting, including the Lighting Guides that were popular from the 50's through the 70's. I gave a talk at the last two Christmas Expo's on the History of Christmas Lighting and covered a lot of this. Many are finding the "next big idea" is often hidden away in one of these guides. These Lighting Guides were compiled by illumination engineers and implemented the very best practices in lighting. Even though technology has changed, good lighting technique have not.

Here's a link to several of those guides: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/collections/72157635505741139/

Here's a link to my website: http://www.christmascraftsman.com/

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Blend that Traditional design with modern technology. Wow, that was pretty cool.

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So I want to make my own version of this tree with rgb pixel lights. I'm thinking of maybe using LOR's string of Cosmic Pixels since I already have a LOR setup. It will also need an outline with a pixel strip around the inside of the front plexi glass (2 props total - about 400 to 500 channels). 

The more I read about pixel setups, the more confused I get.  :wacko:

Any suggestions on how to proceed and what hardware and software to use for a decoration like this? Thanks!

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On 2/23/2016 at 2:46 PM, JeffCarter said:

I collect vintage Christmas Lighting, including the Lighting Guides that were popular from the 50's through the 70's. I gave a talk at the last two Christmas Expo's on the History of Christmas Lighting and covered a lot of this. Many are finding the "next big idea" is often hidden away in one of these guides. These Lighting Guides were compiled by illumination engineers and implemented the very best practices in lighting. Even though technology has changed, good lighting technique have not.

Here's a link to several of those guides: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/collections/72157635505741139/

Here's a link to my website: http://www.christmascraftsman.com/

Such a cool website!  Thank you for putting in the work to create that.  

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6 hours ago, PhotoRay said:

So I want to make my own version of this tree with rgb pixel lights. I'm thinking of maybe using LOR's string of Cosmic Pixels since I already have a LOR setup. It will also need an outline with a pixel strip around the inside of the front plexi glass (2 props total - about 400 to 500 channels). 

The more I read about pixel setups, the more confused I get.  :wacko:

Any suggestions on how to proceed and what hardware and software to use for a decoration like this? Thanks!

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LOR is not my area of expertise but there is a forum for that: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/forum/262-light-o-rama-world/

Ask your question in that forum and I'm sure there will be plenty of folks willing to walk you through the process. Post a pic of your tree in this thread when you're done. I would love to see what you come up with.

 

 

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1 hour ago, JeffCarter said:

LOR is not my area of expertise but there is a forum for that: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/forum/262-light-o-rama-world/

Ask your question in that forum and I'm sure there will be plenty of folks willing to walk you through the process. Post a pic of your tree in this thread when you're done. I would love to see what you come up with.

 

 

Will do... thanks Jeff!

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Parts are arriving and things are slowly coming together.

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Look great!

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On 2/23/2016 at 0:12 AM, PhotoRay said:

Saw these (home-made?) tree displays this last year. Have never seen anything like them before. The lights look programmed "moving" around inside these small trees showing through frosted acrylic. Looks like some rgb rope light or strings running around the inside edge of the tree. Anybody know anything about them?

 

On 1/2/2017 at 3:45 PM, PhotoRay said:

So I want to make my own version of this tree with rgb pixel lights. I'm thinking of maybe using LOR's string of Cosmic Pixels since I already have a LOR setup. It will also need an outline with a pixel strip around the inside of the front plexi glass (2 props total - about 400 to 500 channels). 

The more I read about pixel setups, the more confused I get.  :wacko:

Any suggestions on how to proceed and what hardware and software to use for a decoration like this? Thanks!

It sounds like you saw those trees somewhere local to you.  If that is the case then why don't you try to ask the person that displayed them?

I agree with you about the whole RGB/Pixel thing.  It is complicated.  I think the first step in learning about them is confusion!  There are lots of Christmas gatherings ranging from small workshop demonstrations to large conventions.  I'd try to find one near you and attend.  There will almost certainly be a presentation or class on RGB/pixels.

TED

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This is amazing! @Big J Illinois and I were looking for modern build plans for this! I like your idea to use pixels. I was going to try to do something similar but with standard LED strings. ( thread here)

@PhotoRay can you share the dimensions of your build? also are you planning to chrome or make the PVC tubes reflective at all? I was planning to maybe try a metallic paint on the inside of the tubes to make them "brighter"..

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On 3/10/2017 at 6:24 AM, Lights@721 said:

This is amazing! @Big J Illinois and I were looking for modern build plans for this! I like your idea to use pixels. I was going to try to do something similar but with standard LED strings. ( thread here)

@PhotoRay can you share the dimensions of your build? also are you planning to chrome or make the PVC tubes reflective at all? I was planning to maybe try a metallic paint on the inside of the tubes to make them "brighter"..

Sorry for the late response. I thought I had posted this a while back. No plans to use chrome paint. I think pixels will be bright enough on their own.

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Looking good.  I cannot imagine the time it will take to setup and sequence it =p

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On 6/20/2017 at 9:05 AM, ccrowder said:

Looking good.  I cannot imagine the time it will take to setup and sequence it =p

Just think of the possibilities!  :-)

Minor progress. Inserting nodes into the back panel.

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the build looks great....they are going to look incredible with the pixels!

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