MJ Steps

ShellNZ

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Was asked if I could share my pixel steps that I made for this year. I call them my MJ Steps, Michael Jackson steps :)

Supplies:
Acrylic perspex (10mm thick white on top and sides and 6mm thick black for bottom)
Weld-on-16
WS2811 12v 60led/20px per metre
2 x 12v 360W PSU's

I have 45x45mm pavers at the front of my house. I wanted to put pixel light steps on them. I wanted them tough enough that they could withstand them being walked on.




This is the tops


The bottoms



Bottom with strip on and wiring (wired up like a matrix)


Hole in the side for wiring


Completed step


9 steps all done


As I had a spare Pix4 I decided to use this. I would have been easier to use a Pix16 but couldnt justify the cost when I had a Pix4 sitting there doing nothing. So first 4 steps are on one output, next 5 steps are on another output. So still have 2 outputs spare on the Pix4 :) Using 2 x 12v 360W power supplies.

Video of them running - http://vid126.photobucket.com/albums/p112/Toby3_photo/Xmas%20lighting/MJ%20steps/IMG_2910_zpsebzmp8vb.mp4

They should be able to take at least 100kg the perspex man said :) I'll will probably put something in front of the first step so people dont actually walk on them but just incase, they will be able to take the weight.

Power is injected at start of each step and at the end. Each step has 120px.

The top goes on top of the bottom so that there is actually 2 walls of perspex making it pretty darned waterproof given the walls on the bottom are cemented down. The top will just be siliconed down just incase I have a hiccup I can cut it open if need be :)
 

Karob

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Fantastic Shell


I too cant wait to see them in the display, along with the masses of people you attract.



Thank you for sharing, only wish I had such great ideas and workmanship as yourself.
 

algerdes

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At first I was going to comment on the number of lights in each one (seemed a bit much), then I saw the great effects on each panel. Now I want to know just how many you did put in each.


Looks great!
 

arw01

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WOW SHELL, that is what I call "really out of the box thinking!" :eek:



Those will be a big hit and no cables snaking all over the yard.
 

fasteddy

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Very nicely done Shell, you will have to keep an eye on some of those 150KG + Mouris to ensure they dont step on them :D
But very clean looking, I look forward to seeing these in action in your show
 
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