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jhartley
11-29-2011, 05:58 PM
Has anyone successfully created a "falling snow" box DIY style? I see where you can purchase them ready made, but I was wondering if anyone had made their own? Here is a link to the item I was thinking about:

http://www.taylorgifts.com/prodetail.asp?src=FRGL0406&itemno=19595&CAWELAID=149971357

Using something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/American-Supply-M-800-Glass-Mirror/dp/B004H1RSH6

Jon

CaptKirk
11-29-2011, 07:49 PM
I have the parts and am thinking about it. I bought a table top mirror ball with light from a garage sale for $5 over a year ago. Looks like with a proper mount to run it sideways and a bright enough light it would work. Because of the moter, I am not sure how to control the motor part (Will a Renard drive a small moter or do I need a relay pack?).

Kirk

JasonPortwood
01-10-2012, 03:16 PM
I used a Light Flurries last year. It's cool but you need to have the right enviroment for it. For me I had it light the side of my house. That side is dark most of the time, save when the nieghbors stupid motion sensor light kicked on and usually stuck on for hours, when it was off it was mostly visable. I think I needed a brighter light and will try that next year.

I had it running on my LOR along with my blowmolds. I burned up an SSR with too many incandescents, lesson learned - rate things and use heat sinks, so I didn't try the Light Flurries on it. I did ask about it though and it will work (http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?17808-Light-flurries-on-a-renard).

Jason

budude
01-10-2012, 03:25 PM
I think 'smartalec' attempted to build his own - might want to PM him about it.

DIY Sparks
01-11-2012, 07:44 AM
Been kicking this around, too.
We use these 1 RPM motors at work http://www.atsclock.com/items/ClockMotor-synchron_wired_synchronous.cfm?catID=17

...then maybe rotating a "rolling pin"-type cylinder with glued on mirror pieces (from hobby/ craft shop), lit with those tiny, long fluorescent tubes used in LCD monitor backlights (careful! HIGH voltage!). Thinking it'd be a nice low profile, with a wide dispersion. Just a thought experiment at this time.

CaptKirk
01-11-2012, 05:11 PM
The snow fall rate will depend on rotation speed and diameter of the mirrors surface. I'm thinking more of a 2 litter bottle size or ?? as I would think the rolling pin would rotate too quickly (death snow- kils on contact at terminal velocity!! :shock: ) The LCD backlight CCF is likely NOT bright enough. I"m considering a 12V "high" watt LED pin light in an outdoor fixture to light the one I hope to build (someday).

DIY Sparks
01-12-2012, 07:43 AM
The snow fall rate will depend on rotation speed and diameter of the mirrors surface. I'm thinking more of a 2 litter bottle size or ?? as I would think the rolling pin would rotate too quickly (death snow- kils on contact at terminal velocity!! :shock: ) The LCD backlight CCF is likely NOT bright enough. I"m considering a 12V "high" watt LED pin light in an outdoor fixture to light the one I hope to build (someday).

Death snow!!! LOL!
Or call it "Terminal Velocity Lutefisk" --might be a hit with Minnesnowdans like dirknerkle.

Bright LEDs would be better. This will be a good experimental project unless the logistics and/or cost gets out of hand.

CaptKirk
01-12-2012, 03:58 PM
I have the parts and even a ready to go table top disco ball to use to build one. You find the most interesting things at garage sales.

12897

Note, I left the picture sideways because that is how I would use it to "make snow"... :biggrin2:

KenL
01-16-2012, 08:46 PM
Like aixelsyd I tried to incorporate it into my show. Think SUPER BRIGHT laser type light shinning on your disco ball. Light Flurries uses a 35 watt MR16 that they reduced the beam with a plastic choke. In my basement where it was pitch black it looked great. At 7:00 PM you could not see it on the house. At 9:00 you could while no other lights were on.

If you make one, shine a laser on the mirrors.

DanoNJ
01-16-2012, 09:33 PM
Like Ken, mine didn't show all that well - too much anbiant light. Looks great in low lit areas though.

CaptKirk
01-16-2012, 10:42 PM
Does anyone make a lens that could focus an MR16 diameter flood to a pin spot? Someplace like Deal Extreme or the like?? I know they have all sorts of lens... hmmm....

Either that or we need a white light laser... :cry:

Barnabybear
01-26-2012, 06:29 PM
You my want to check the bulb you used - there may be one with a tighter beem.
The following ANSI standard codes are used to designate certain power and beam angle combinations for MR16 lamps. Many manufacturers use these standard codes for lamps matching these specifications:

ESX: 20 watt, 10 degree beam (20MR16/10)
BAB: 20 watt, 35 degree beam (20MR16/35)
EXT: 50 watt, 15 degree beam (50MR16/15)
EXZ: 50 watt, 25 degree beam (50MR16/25)
EXN: 50 watt, 40 degree beam (50MR16/40)
FNV: 50 watt, 60 degree beam (50MR16/60)
FPA: 65 watt, 15 degree beam (65MR16/15)
FPC: 65 watt, 25 degree beam (65MR16/25)
FPB: 65 watt, 40 degree beam (65MR16/40)
EYF: 75 watt, 15 degree beam (75MR16/15)
EYJ: 75 watt, 25 degree beam (75MR16/25)
EYC: 75 watt, 40 degree beam (75MR16/40)

CaptKirk
01-26-2012, 08:07 PM
OK but I would want to use an existing LED MR16...