View Full Version : My pixel housing.

10-25-2008, 12:53 PM
I wanted something to house my pixels that had a nice shape and would have a mechanical seal. For as pricey as they were a snap lock was not going to do it.

Then I found the new RubberMaid Twist&Seal TakeAlongs.
Less than a buck apiece, a nice globe shape, and a screw top leak proof seal.

A little fusion paint to give them a nice white frosting so they will diffuse purtty.
Drill two holes the size of your cat5 and slice down to the holes with a hacksaw.
The pixels "stand" on the connectors so no other support is needed.

The hanger is just a bent peice of wire attached with a single bolt and reinforced with a washer.
A strip of gorilla tape covers all the metal so the pixels do not short out.

Three foot cords chain the pixels and my gutters do not have a lip so they just attach
over the edge.

Now every specialized piece of hardware needs a specialized installation tool and the pixels are no different. I do not use a ladder for setup so I needed a way to hang them from the ground.
A spare 1/2 pipe and tee with a 4 inch bungee cord that loops around the pixel. A small piece of wood adds a flat base for the pixel to rest on. You lift it up, hook it over the gutter and pull back and down and the bungee snaps free. I even added stick to measure the distance between pixels.

Ok, the hanger may be a stretch literally.
My roof line is only 10 feet.
With the 3 foot cat5.
And if you are 6 ft tall.
You only have to reach 1 foot above your head to load the next pixel in the hanger.

Using this method I can hang the entire string of 32 in a half hour.


Mother nature always has the last word.
I thought I had a waterproof container with the only holes in the botton so no water could get in and if it did it would drain out.

UNLESS the wind flips one or more off the roof during a rain storm, then the water runs down the wires and starts filling the waterproof container with no way for it to drain. :mad:

Luckily there have been no casualties to date. Probably just jinxed myself.

Same link as my other thread.
They look real purtty when they dance.


What is every one else doing?

10-25-2008, 01:17 PM
what a little bit of silicone could do to seal those holes

may i ask why so much wire between each pixel? pre-made cables is my guess, but shorter wires would look nicer

10-25-2008, 01:38 PM
Crimped them all my self.
Right now they only cover 20 feet and are spaced 9 inches apart.
For Christmas they will be spaced two feet apart and will span 60 feet.

Right now I would still rather have the hole on the bottom so any condensation can get out. Just did not anticipate them being flipper upside down.


10-25-2008, 01:42 PM
understood... I have seen people wax boards to make them waterproof, im not sure if thats really an option on the pixel with all the LEDS

10-25-2008, 02:29 PM
It's not a bad idea to have the wires hang down a little anyway. This forms a drip loop so water will drip off instead of running down the wire,

12-01-2008, 02:41 PM
Very Nice ideal

12-01-2008, 04:32 PM
They look real purtty when they dance.

I agree, very purtty!

These will be on my list for next year!