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    Lightbulb Arches Build and Setup Prep.

    Hello all.

    Since other thread got cluttered like crazy I decided to make this thread a bit more on topic.
    This is the first year of controllable LED's.

    I live in the Netherlands so buying materials can sometimes be a challenge.
    The Lightning-community is non-excisting to really small over here.

    Anyways.
    In the first few post in this thread I will add pictures with explanation.
    There will be pictures of the arches-progression, but aswell pictures of my setup and build.

    Thanx everyone!

    Regards,

    Albert Markerink.
    Lochem
    The Netherlands.

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    Enclosure 400*600*200 mm

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    Recieved my Raspberry Pi 3 model B. In case.

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    FPP installed same night.
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    Arches Feet construction. Mounted a steel wire in between. So this allows for easy storage.

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    Test shape with thin pvc tube.

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    Controller enclosure with 2 ethernet inputs, 2 power inputs (sofar), and cold-air intake.

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    Controller enclosure with hot-air outlet and 16 cableglands for light outputs.
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    Made a 2nd steel plate to the lid of the controller enclosure. Doubles my mounting space.

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    2x 12v400W33A mounted in control enclosure

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    Fan installed in control enclosure

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    Distribution enclosure. Fairy strings outputs and extra for the power to the control enclosure.

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    Fixed wiring for power to distribution enclosure and power to the fairy strings with pigtails.
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    Mounted temperature control unit for enabling the fan.

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    Mounted the E682 to the lid-plate, and connected to the ps.

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    8port network switch mounted indoors. This way i can hook up multiple control enclosures to the network. and have the Pi connected through ethernet.
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    Test in the 50mm tube. 3mm wall.
    During daylight. But its the idea that counts.
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    2 wooden boards, 1 is base, top one will be the mold for the arches.
    Need to draw lines ofcourse.

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    Tube is 2inch. So the cutout is at a 45 degree angle with 2 inches in between. Wood is approx 3/4inch thick.

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    Ready. Also, the cutouts will be placed on top, so the tube can nicely fit inside the mold.

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    I am using semi-white PolyPropelene tubes. The melting point is at approx 125 degrees Celsius, or 257 Fahrenheit.
    Since it would take forever with a heater to heat the sand I use the bbq to heat the sand to 140 degrees Celsius.

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    Pouring sand into the tube. There is already some inside, so it is flexing already. Preheated sand is the answer. (I am the one on the floor, my mate is holding the tube)
    And yes, we wear oven mittens.
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    No need for heating it anymore, it is flexing enough after 10 seconds with the hot sand inside.
    So fast inside the mold, and keep it in place with some planks.

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    The next day, take it out, cut off the ends, and place it inside the feet. Secure them, and done!!!

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    That was the first test-bend. So i took my 2yo to the store and we got more tubes
    Gotta start them young!
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    In a few i will begin trying to bend my tubes.
    When that is done the next step will be figuring out how to make a decent sequence for them.

    Will update this thread later

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sammy2004 View Post


    Test in the 50mm tube. 3mm wall.
    During daylight. But its the idea that counts.
    The audio in this Video is testimony to your fine efforts !


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