Gary Brownell from Sagebrush Community Church in Albuquerque, NM brings us this tightly gridded stage design. (Originally posted August 2013)
They needed to get some color behind the band in their new auditorium. They also wanted the set/light pieces to be portable and be easily moved for different stage configurations. They also wanted the pieces to be light sources, not something just to shine light on.
So Gary built 8’x4’x10″ plywood boxes. He added legs to get them above the height of the stage risers. They painted the interior white for reflection and painted the exterior black.
He put two 16′ LED RGB tapes (RGB 5050 300 light strip kit from Amazon.com/Lemon best, $28.89 each) in each box. Each LED tape was in a U shape to match the length of the 8′ box to make 4 8′ strips.
He connected both strips and one of their power supplies to a DMX box (DMX-4CH 5-Amp LED Controller, superbrightled.com, $69.95) so the LED tape could be controlled by the lighting console.
He painted 8’x4′ SQUARE vinyl lattice (# 73004339 from Home Depot, $55.13) flat black. He spray glued the back of the lattice and positioned it on 8’x4′ filter sheets cut from a roll of Lee 216 white diffusion filter material (bhphotovideo.com, $119.00/25 ft.).
He attached the lattice to the front of the light boxes, then looped DMX cables to each DMX control box.
Each box could be controlled individually to achieve the desired color and movement.