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Rainbow Floods...ASSEMBLED!!

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Here's mine installed in a HD halo fixture. I did away with the jacks and direct soldered my Cat5 to the board.




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Nice Dan!
Are you going to mount yours more permanently?
Thats what I am trying to do, use them all year.
I have outdoor cat5, and I'm thinking of running it through conduit to boxes just as if it were ac power.
When the Rainbow spots are out, I know I can fit them into some malibu fixtures.


Ron

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I am actually working on an all white Rainbow Flood, which solar panel charging system and infrared sensor to use outside. It is based off of the original version of the Flood, which only had 1 jack (I know I am greedy and am keeping them to myself) so the light fits in a smaller outdoor halogen case. Like I said, I am working on it, so give me some time to finish it up. I actually need to order the solar panel.

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I bought 100 white Piranha LED's about, 12 cents each.
I am going to use jumpers to replace all the resistors on the RF. Then power it with a 3.2V power supply. I am thinking I can tuck the power supply into the electrical box on the exterior lights of my house. This would be just for on off light up the yard lighting.

If you come up with a reasonably priced solar version that would be even better.
It could be mounted anywhere, and you could even place the solar panel remotely for areas where there is not much sun through the day!

Keep going, I think there is a huge market for this!

Ron

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I will say this, reasonably priced isn't in the ball game when it comes to solar devices as I have found out. All the parts I am using I have purchased commercially, so I had to deal with that as well.

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Ok, Well let's see what you come up with?
I would still be Ok hooking up to a power supply.
I'm open to new Ideas!;)

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rstately wrote:

Nice Dan!
Are you going to mount yours more permanently?
Thats what I am trying to do, use them all year.
I have outdoor cat5, and I'm thinking of running it through conduit to boxes just as if it were ac power.
When the Rainbow spots are out, I know I can fit them into some malibu fixtures.


Ron

Ron, No, only holiday display for now. The enclosure will go on an extention metal conduit so is sits a few feet off the ground - for better spread.

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I'm tempted to rig mine up permanently at some point. We already use quite a bit of landscape lighting and it would be cool to tweak it for all the other holidays...

I can see myself scratching my head over "what color is Columbus day?" :P

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Tim Fischer wrote:

I'm tempted to rig mine up permanently at some point.  We already use quite a bit of landscape lighting and it would be cool to tweak it for all the other holidays...

I can see myself scratching my head over "what color is Columbus day?" :P


Well, America is a melting pot of all colors, so all colors together is white of course:D

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rmturner54 wrote:

Not to step on toes here, but here is a site I found back in Janurary. He offers a smaller version of the RF. These are MR16 base. The owner will work with you in any way needed. You can jsut buy the boards and supply your own LEDS etc http://www.pcboard.ca

I bought and assembled 3 of each color for use on 12VDC. 9 each Superflux pirahna led's on each.

The MR 16 spots that I bought from besthongkong.com use standard leds. So the comparison between them is like apples to oranges.

Again I really look forward to getting the RF's that I just ordered. Very anxious to see the results.

I built one RF, and my order for 3 more just arrived yesterday (now in line on the build bench behind the two controllers..). Haven't tackled the enclosure issue just yet.

For spots, I'm testing a couple from wireKAT, and ordered a couple from minionsweb...I'm pretty sure I'll go with some sort of LED spot for my landscape fixtures, just need to stop sampling and make the call on whose I use...

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Thats me, I got bit and pieces from all over. Cant make up my mind on which to use. Good thing is all of them have a useable purpose. I too plan on modifying my landscape lighting to add to my xmas display. Keep us informed on how the solar thing goes.

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I've been working on finishing and mounting two Rainbow flood lights in a Lowes Halogen worklight enclosure. I cut a piece of wood that was the right size to "wedge" into the enclosure and hot-glued it in place.

Then I hot-glued plastic standoffs to the wood for the 2 RF boards, and then a little more hot glue to the surface of the standoffs and pressed the RF boards down on the standoffs. It makes for a pretty solid mounting, leaving the front and glass free and clear.

I have finished four of these enclosures...I think they turned out pretty well...

Randy

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Another photo of the wood and standoffs...

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Those came out great Randy!! Those are going to put out a lot of light.:D

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Nice job, Randy. I have a few more of these to build, I might go with the wood idea, to see which I like best. Thanks for sharing.

Bill

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In case anyone is interested, the size of the wood that fits just right is 6 1/16" wide by 3 13/16" tall. The width dimension is key because of the fit, but the height measurement could vary a bit (smaller). And the "fins" on the case left and right do a good job of wedging the board in place with the hot glue.

You'll notice that there is a gap in the top that allows the wires from the waterproof RJ45 cable to come up and solder in from underneath on the left RF board. If you cut the wood so it fills the space, then you'll need to cut access for the RJ45 wires to come up from underneath...

I didn't want to drill any holes or notch out the wood for the cable, so I made the wood a little bit smaller on the vertical dimension and it worked out just fine...

Randy


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Looking Good Randy.

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Nice job Randy. I was already thinking of the possibility of using wood. Probably the route I'll take also. Just rcvd 3 kits, will post pics when they are finished.

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rmturner54 wrote:

Not to step on toes here, but here is a site I found back in Janurary. He offers a smaller version of the RF. These are MR16 base. The owner will work with you in any way needed. You can jsut buy the boards and supply your own LEDS etc http://www.pcboard.ca

I bought and assembled 3 of each color for use on 12VDC. 9 each Superflux pirahna led's on each.

The MR 16 spots that I bought from besthongkong.com use standard leds. So the comparison between them is like apples to oranges.

Again I really look forward to getting the RF's that I just ordered. Very anxious to see the results.

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Off topic
I been using the four RGB,as well as 3 of each color MR16 boards from http://www.pcboard.ca , I am doing a test with one of 3 of each color MR16 boards, I am using the 100ma 140° LED look like a 35W halogen output.:cool: but I need to some troubleshooting as all the LEDs are on :D..

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Finshed installing the floods in the housings. Again these are from Home Depot (thanks to Aprocot for the hint on these). they will be raised about 30" off the ground for better spread. I'm using metal electrical pipe - took a coupling and threaded one side to fit the male end of the housing.




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This then got attachted to the pipe. I drilled a hole about 7" down from the top, snaked the Cat5 wire thru and secured with zip ties. The pipe will slide over a section of rebar in the ground. The Cat5 ends will be fitted with Molex connectors.

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I will use only 4 this year. Project complete!!!

On to the next.....


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Dan Ancona wrote:

Finshed installing the floods in the housings. Again these are from Home Depot (thanks to Aprocot for the hint on these). they will be raised about 30" off the ground for better spread. I'm using metal electrical pipe - took a coupling and threaded one side to fit the male end of the housing.



Dan, those look great, and exactly like what I pictured in my mind for doing. Could you please share more details about the brand/price of the Home Depot enclosure? Is it on their website?

I know you previously stated you soldered the cat 5 directly to the board (would they have fit in the enclosures had you not?). Could you educate me what purpose the molex connectors (type?) serve? I admit I am pretty naive with regards to this DIY DC stuff. (I have a CMB-16D-QC controller on the way, without much of an idea of what to do beyond that. Planning on 1-2 rainbow floods, and 2-3 spots.)

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J_Plak wrote:

Off topic
I been using the four RGB,as well as 3 of each color MR16 boards from http://www.pcboard.ca , I am doing a test with one of 3 of each color MR16 boards, I am using the 100ma 140° LED look like a 35W halogen output.:cool: but I need to some troubleshooting as all the LEDs are on :D..

You could EASILY use and add a 12v DC $6 DMX adapter to this for control. With LOR you will need the iDMX negating the savings.

Harrison

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