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Discussion in 'Leaping Arches, Driveway Arches & RGB Arches' started by lizardking, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. lizardking

    lizardking IT IS STILL ALL BENS FAULT

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    Hi all i was at a new years ever fire works display and there was a guy selling led battons and to my supprise they were quite bright i went to get one but he sold out i had a look at how he made them he had 6 leds powered by a coin style battery but the interesting thing was they were made from white pool noodle material . The light dispersion was quite good so i made one quickly with store bought dc leds out of the foam they use on the poles used to hold the safety net on trampolines if everyone can add input to this post we may find a cheaper way to make them if the other guys trying to source plastic tubing doesnt workout here is a quick video
    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=958876150807110&set=vb.100000542015774&type=2&theater&notif_t=video_processed
     
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    Another good idea
    Thanks for sharing
     
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    Interesting idea. Did u already have the foam with you or did you buy it ?
     
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    lizardking IT IS STILL ALL BENS FAULT

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    Gerry we bought the daughter a new trampoline that was off the old one
     
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    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass!

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    The pool noodles would be worth a try although they may be more closed cell (denser) than the trampoline bar covers?
     
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    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass!

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    I checked out pool noodles at Kmart today. They only had red, blue and copper/gold colours - no white.

    The hole in the middle looks big enough to thread a pixel strip through, but the foam would be too thick for the light to pass though with any usable intensity.

    I haven't seen any of the trampoline pole covers in Kmart, Big W, etc.
     
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    Habbosrus New house (again) 2017

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    I have queries in with some Chinese manufacturers of epe foam products and 2 Australian manufacturers/distributors. I will have more info in the coming weeks. I have samples pending from the the 2 Australian companies and I am in discussion with with 2 of the Chinese manufacturers for samples. I wasn't going to say too much until I had hard proof, numbers, $$'s, tests, etc. I have requested quotes for a number of different sizes/diameters. A Chinese supplier has an off the shelf size of 95mm OD x 40mm ID. I thought this was too big and was looking at 80mm OD x 30mm ID. My thinking is this will slip over 25mm conduit and led strip quite well. Any thoughts or suggestions going forward are greatly appreciated. What do you think is a fair price for a 3 metre length of epe foam tube?
     
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    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass!

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    Ah... I was assuming the lights went into the tube bare. Hadn't thought about a conduit.
     
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    lizardking IT IS STILL ALL BENS FAULT

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    i was thinking the lights went into the bare tube also but a 20 mm conduit up the inside would help with stability
     
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    Habbosrus New house (again) 2017

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    That was just my take on it David, to give it some stability. If one was to put wire in it, for instance, one could also make a bunch of different patterns with it too. Again, just my take on it. With the wealth of talent here in ACL, the skies the limit.
     

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