MJ Steps

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  1. ShellNZ

    ShellNZ Senior Elf

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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.

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    This is the tops
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    The bottoms

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    Bottom with strip on and wiring (wired up like a matrix)
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    Hole in the side for wiring
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    Completed step
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    9 steps all done
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    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 :)
     
  2. David_AVD

    David_AVD Good news, everyone!

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    They look great Shell. :)

    Looking forward to seeing a video of them in action in your display.
     
  3. bjpc2716

    bjpc2716 need more lights to light up the world

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    8) thankling for sharing it a good idea
     
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    mborg10 Michael Borg

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    Looks great shell but at 100kg that counts me out
     
  5. Karob

    Karob Let there be Light!

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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.
     
  6. gerry

    gerry Senior Elf

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    Very nice Shell !


    I can see another smashing Xmas show coming up already..
     
  7. algerdes

    algerdes Al Gerdes

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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!
     
  8. smeighan

    smeighan Dedicated Elf

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    Looks nice! When guests arrive at night and then you turn that on, it would surprise them!
     
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    arw01 Full Time Elf

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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.
     
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    ShellNZ Senior Elf

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    If I recall (been a while since I made them) there are 120px in each step, 360led's.
     
  11. plasmadrive

    plasmadrive Full Time Elf

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    Great project Shell.. nice work..
     
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    Bird Proud LOR user

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    Your talent and designs are exceptional :)
     
  13. Benschristmaslights

    Benschristmaslights Dedicated Elf Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    shell that is cool nice touch
     
  14. bbayjohn

    bbayjohn Full Time Elf

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    Omg Shell. Think you need to change your signature to Shell wow NZ. Any plans on making them interactive?
     
  15. fasteddy

    fasteddy I have C.L.A.P Global Moderator Generous Elf

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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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