HOW TO: Reject shop 100mm ball modifications

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  1. lytnin

    lytnin Full Time Elf

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    I had loads of comments from visitors to my show about the 100mm RGB balls I had along my fence line.

    Here's a quick HOW TO, on what I did to wire up these 100mm Balls from the Reject Shop (AUS)

    Materials:
    - Balls (Reject Shop)
    - 2m 3 pin extension Cables (Ray Wu)
    - WS2811 3leds 12V rgb pixel led module (Ray Wu)
    - Heat Shrink

    Tools:
    - Phillips head screwdriver
    - Tube Cutter / Hacksaw
    - Drill
    - Wire Cutters
    - Soldering Iron

    PREPARATIONS:
    - Separate the riser tube from the base
    - Remove white ball from the black base
    - Remove the original solar panel/LED assembly from the base
    - Cut the pixel string into single pixels (CUT equidistant between pixels so there is enough wire for both the in and out)

    Instructions:
    - Remove the spike from inside the riser tube
    - (optional) Cut the riser tube to desired length
    - Drill 2 holes (same diameter as your cables) through the tube approx 35 - 40mm from one end (So that the spike has clearance when inserted)
    - Elongate both holes so that the cable passing through them will angle upwards. (see pic)
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    - Cut the extension cable (approximately 5cm longer than the riser tube) from the female end
    - Remove 2-3cm of outer insulation from both cut ends
    - Insert both cables ends into the riser tube and feed through to a workable distance (5cm or more)

    - Strip wires on both the extension cable ends, as well as the pixel
    - PLACE BASE over the extension cables and attach to the riser tube
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    - Install heatshrink prior to soldering
    - Join pixel to the extension cable (TAKE NOTE: of the in and out as well as pos/neg/data)
    - DOUBLE CHECK the wiring before soldering
    - Solder all joins
    - position and shrink the heatshrink
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    - Pull the cables back down the riser tube to bring the pixel closer to the base and to take up any slack
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    - Reattach the ball to the base
    - Repeat for the rest

    Hope it helps someone.
    Dave
     
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    Cool.
    I was looking at solar lights at Bunnings and they are $4.90 with a glass crackle pattern.
    Was thinking of just a square base node from Ray in each.
     
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    I thought about the crackle ones, but didn't like that they were glass.
     
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    I am still making up my mind. After seeing the ones from the Reject Shop I like diffused light they will give, but just wonder how long they will last in the sun.
     
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    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass! Community Project Designer Generous Elf

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    I actually bought one as a sample the first time they appeared. That was early last year?

    It's been outside for a lot of that time. Not in full sun for the whole day, but quite a bit.

    The plastic on that one seems just fine, so I'd expect they'd last many Christmas seasons.
     
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    One thing to note, not all spikes/stakes fit properly in the riser tube (hey it's a 2 dollar thing, what do you expect?) if you find the stake doesn't fit in the tube nicely, don't try to jam it in you WILL BREAK THE TUBE. I destroyed a few that way...

    As for how long they last... I had them out all December, in full sun... seems just fine.
     
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    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass! Community Project Designer Generous Elf

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    If you went that route, I'd be using some spray lacquer on them to seal against the inevitable moisture ingress / condensation.
     
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    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass! Community Project Designer Generous Elf

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    I like that printed holder. How long does a 3D print like that take to make and what sort of material cost?
     
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    about 10mins and cost would be 20c.. ill upload stl
     
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    @burnt That must be one fast printer ... mine is 86 mins :sleep:

    Also, if you only have the one pigtail in, how did you wire up for multiple lights. (I'm assuming you used more than one)
     
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    i use a 4 pin pigtail. with all the +ve and -ve wire connected together before the pigtails and data daisy chain from one lamp to the next.
     

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