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Hallway planet art - installed! - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 21st, 2012

09:23 pm - Hallway planet art - installed!

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OMG the house hasn't been this clean in ages! I am stoked. And also, exciting news - after several months of collaborative effort, this project is finished and installed. grist came round today armed with cables and boxes of goodies and a soldering iron and we put it together in the hallway and made it go. And it looks awesome.


So what started off as an idea back at the beginning this year to fill the ceiling space of our 12' stud hallway with balls that looked like planets, gradually evolved into an art installation involving an arduino, 150 leds, about 20m of cabling and drilling holes in the walls. My brother wanted to do something cool for my birthday so we collaborated to fill our dark hallway with colour-changing psychedelic light that turns on when it sees you coming.

I made these:



He made these:



And today he showed up with the pre-prepared led bits on cables, and the arduino driven control box. After an arts-and-crafts session applying the shades to the lamps, and a DIY session threading the cables and hooks, we were ready to hang them. grist up a ladder:



Some of our original measurements may have been a little generous. ;-) Still, that's what wallspaces are for, right? Pushing spare cabling into...



And here's what it came out like:






Unfortunately, cameras can't pick up the colours from the leds, it just shows up as white light. Which is sad because it's currently pulsing waves of colour across the ceiling. But you get the idea - you can sort of tell because of the colour of the light on the walls. We may have laid on the floor for quite a while watching the colours change. It's mesmerising.

There are a couple of tweaks to make to the prototype lampshade attaching method that we made up this afternoon, but we are feeling pretty chuffed with ourselves, eh?

And since there are a few new people here, here's the intro thing I wrote a little while ago that has info about me that may or may not interest you..

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From:hullabalo_o
Date:October 21st, 2012 09:31 am (UTC)
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Wow , one reason I cannot wait to get my own space the power to make it mine x
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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2012 09:55 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it's a nice feeling not to have to seek permission to create my own space. I hope you get yours soon!

gigantic debt be damned
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From:hullabalo_o
Date:October 21st, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
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one day it will come I'm rather comfortable in this space and I'm making it as much as mine as I can!
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:October 21st, 2012 10:40 am (UTC)
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Cooool! I love it! That must be awesome to watch.
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From:meathiel
Date:October 21st, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
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Wow - like that. Looks really good.
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From:forestgreenivy
Date:October 21st, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Very cool! I hate it when you can't get cool things like the colours from lights to show up properly. (Without being a genius with photography and the equipment to boot.)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it's frustrating. They don't even come out on video so I can't show you them changing.
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From:grist
Date:October 22nd, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
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Dave2 gave me some ideas on things involving neutral density filters and aperture settings that might help capture the colours better. I'd be keen to come over and have a go when you're about. :)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 22nd, 2012 08:03 am (UTC)
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Definitely. I'd be keen to see it on video in all its glory. ;-)
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From:richaarde
Date:October 21st, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
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Very cool. Now that Christmas season is in full swing (at least gauging by the decorations that went up in all the stores last month), I can probably get a few sets of LED Christmas lights and do something like that. I just might...
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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
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I thoroughly recommend custom led lighting. ;-) I reckon it'd be cool to use sensors to light a stairway so the lights follow you as you go up or down.
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 22nd, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
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I was reading around on how to cut your power bill and came across this guy who had wired his whole house up with LED lighting (LED light bulbs methinks) and motion sensors that lit the room as you entered and turned it off when you left. Said it was good for visitors as they didn't have to fumble around finding light switches in the dark...
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From:fushia_darkness
Date:October 21st, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Looks so cozy :)
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From:pombagira
Date:October 21st, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
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whoo hoo.. pretty lights.. must come around and see.. *beams*

also am back from big wellington err i mean melbourn.. i did warm the place up for you.. also there are ponies.. wheee
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From:kehleyr
Date:October 22nd, 2012 05:41 am (UTC)
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Looks great :-D
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From:pundigrion
Date:October 26th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Nice! Neat seeing what projects people are doing with the miniboards these days :-)
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