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Back lighting for translucent paintings on plexiglas

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msfsf6

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Post Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:21 pm

I'm looking to back light my artwork possibly using led lighting. I do encaustic (wax) paintings on Plexiglas and have been working on them with the intension of backlighting and thereby providing two different paintings in one, but haven't worked out the type of lighting. I'm interested in maybe doing a strip of light that runs along the edges. If you could provide me with any ideas or even point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated. thank you and I look forward to your response. Michael Ferrell
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PwrRngr

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Post Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:29 pm

I would say you've come to the right place. I would try to help you but I'm not sure exactly what you're wanting. Browse around the store, they have lots of LED strips of all sizes and colors. I'm sure someone else will give you better direction.
Kevin_S

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Post Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:29 pm

so you're painting directly onto the plexiglass?
the light source would need to be backed away from the plexi so that it can diffuse.
i dunno about everyone else here but i think posting a sideshot of one of your pieces would help -- we could point out exactly where we would suggest placing lighting and what kind of lighting.

also, how are you planning on powering this? you're going to need an ac/dc converter.
msfsf6

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Post Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:37 pm

diffused would be best. he idea in my head goes like this, the lights are connected to a timed dimmer so that every 5-15 minutes or so the lighting comes up and stays lit for a couple of minutes then dims out. were talking two different paintings. pictures on the way
Kevin_S

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Post Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:47 pm

Consider any of the following:
https://www.oznium.com/home-led
and you'll need one of these regardless of what you do:
https://www.oznium.com/power-adapters/ac-adapter (get the 3 1/4amp)
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you'll want to definately use leds.
https://www.oznium.com/flexible-led-strips/led-strip-flat-head <-- my recomendation BECAUSE
the can be mounted on their side or flat. the leds can be bent (but they will break if you keep bending them back and forth)
they're easy to hookup so you wouldn't need any wiring knowledge.
what you'll need:
- https://www.oznium.com/flexible-led-strips/led-strip-flat-head and all the mounting and wiring hardware that is offered (connectors and such)
- a ~110vac to 12vdc converter. (walmart)
- to dim (and without getting extremely technical), i'd recommend finding your nearest electronics store/nerdy friend and tell them what you want to do. you can do it manually by simply buying a dimmer switch.

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just remember you're working with 12vdc when you go shopping for supplies to dim the lights.


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mx107marlin

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Post Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:50 pm

Take a look at these

Thin LED strips If you're looking for simple plug and play install, they use THESE LED's which are very thin and could be wrapped around the perimeter of the Plexiglass. You could also purchase the individual LED's which are incredibly tiny, (see the technical Info) if you want to spend more time and effort on a more flush look.

PS you could also try them in million color if you like the strip idea and don't want to be held to a certain color (and honestly who only wants one color) biglaugh.gif

Hope this helps
justin

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Post Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:41 pm

sounds like a cool deal, would like to see the work when its done!
SickWitIt

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Post Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:36 pm

Yeah, it does sound cool. Make sure to post pics after completeing.
Phil
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Post Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:13 pm

Hello! I see that you are also in the Bay Area

Here's a previous backlighting project:

White flex strips behind shoji screen medicine cabinet, and under vanity cabinet

User posted image
User posted image

The Flexible LED Strips were used: https://www.oznium.com/flexible-led-strips/led-flex-strips
But these products are also suitable:
Flathead LED Strip: https://www.oznium.com/flexible-led-strips/led-strip-flat-head
Ribbon LED Strip: https://www.oznium.com/flexible-led-strips/led-ribbon

Oznium's LEDs have been used by other artists, here's another example, "Neural Architecture":
mx107marlin

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Post Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:09 pm

Wow...that second one is trippy.....I just stared at it for like 5 mins.....

Like a moth to a flame...
kornholio788

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Post Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:29 am

philbo u must have the coolest house with lightin like everywhere lol....im gunna come there one day with aken and check it out..me and aken are road trippin it
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