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My DIY Fiber Optic Star ceiling


Joined: Mar 29 2009
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Location: Sarasota, Fl

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Post Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:27 pm

Phil, if you like creative use of your products, then you outta appreciate this one!

After researching and researching these damn things, and realizing that I was NOT going to pay $800 plus for an entire kit, I decided to see if I could make my own LED Fiber Optic Illuminator for a star ceiling in my daughters room. I just wanted to see if I could do it first off, and then wanted it to be unique as something special for her as she grows up in this room. So, I decided I wanted to base it around the Extreme Million Color Bulb (EMB for future read) I had bought awhile back. Working with that in mind, I went through a few ideas before deciding to use a white LED source for the main stars, and the Extreme bulb for the constellations. I utilized as much stuff as I already had at the house and only purchased a few things. In all, I spent about $35 or so on the illuminator and about $60 on varied lengths of different sized fiber optic cable from various Ebay vendors as well as a bulk back from DX. So first, here's a quick breakdown of what I used (the * and price will be next to what I had to buy)

* Black 7x4x3 project box from Radio Shack (online) $6
* Black 4x2x2 project box to mount on rear of big box $4
* White, 10 watt LED w/ 110v to 10watt(12volt) voltage regulator from Ebay $12
* 2 LiquaTight connectors to hold cable from D&G Hardware $8 total
* 2" female 1/2" PVC for Million color bulb to mount in and attach to connector $1
* 2 small form 12v fans mounted to side of case (in/out flow) Ebay $6
old CPU heat sink w/attached 12v fan to cool LED
small clip mounted to a 1x1 piece of Starboard to hold stripped down EMB
stripped down 2 outlet garden style remote receiving unit with keychain remote
stripped down 110v to 12v/7amp Power adapter coil assembly
12v 4rpm motor liberated from one of wifes old Xmas houses she got at Target
3" round black Polycarb with varied sized holes drilled in it to act as twinkle wheel
misc SS screws, 3M double side tape, electrical connectors, rubber bumper base
* 6' bundle of 200 count .50mm non-jacket fiber optic cable from DX $40
* 35' bundle/ 15 count 1.5mm non-jacket FOC (for constellations) Ebay $10
* 15' bundle/ 150 count .75mm jacket FOC Ebay $9

And here's a few pics and a video of the unit and operating with FOC. As soon as I install it in the ceiling, I'll post up video of the completed project.

Video (.wmv about 8megs)


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Post Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:54 pm

Damn dude, thats awesome!

Nice work! Cant wait to see it completed.

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Post Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:37 pm

When can I order mine and how much? Without constellations as that **** would take forever to map out

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Post Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:58 pm

Thats awesome, I've been wanting to do some Fiber Optic stuff myself for a while. Nice to see someone building their own rigs! can't wait to see finished product.
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