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..