The 2010 RGB LED Flood Lights Project
Here is a set of five of our finished products that we call RGB or Rainbow Floods!!! Each fixture consists of 54 super bright high-powered LEDs that are separated into rows of 3 colors: Red, Green, and Blue. Since the LED colors can be controlled independently, it is possible to produce just about any color of light you'd like. These LEDs have been mounted into fixtures and will be used to highlight the house throughout the Belardo Lights program. We spent probably 40-50 hours building the boards and mounting them into the fixtures.
Here's what the boards look like without the fixtures. They are sold as kits by Christmas on Manor and are known as Rainbow floods. We had to solder all the LEDs to the board and assemble all the parts. They are powered with specially-wired RJ45 network cable. Each board consumes 1 amp of 12 volt DC power when all the different-colored LEDs are on.
We chose some floodlight fixtures from Lowes that are sold with a halogen light source. The first thing we did is strip all those parts out of the fixture so we can mount our boards in place. We use two boards per fixture. There is a waterproof RJ45 jack coming out of the bottom that we installed, and we brought that wire up into the fixture for connection to the boards. The two boards are then jumpered together and are fed the same lighting signals for the three colors.
We cut a small piece of wood and some hot glue to make a base inside the fixture that the RGB floods can be mounted on. Next we used some spacers to mount the boards and hold them in place with hot glue. The board will run a little warm if they're left on, but we don't anticipate doing that much during the course of the show. They are mainly used for house accents.
Here's another shot of getting the spacers in place and getting the boards ready to attach with the hot glue gun. The fixtures are just perfect to house two of the Rainbow floods.
The two RGB Rainbow flood boards are mounted in place anbd ready to go. The cover swivels up into place and screws shut, making a watertight connection with the white-colored gasket.
Here's a fixture with the boards mounted, wired, and tested. Everything is working okay and ready to be closed up...
Here's a final shot of the finished product with the waterproof RJ45 socket and cord. The amount of light that these RGB floods produce is amazing! We'll be using five of these fixtures with two boards each to help light up the house. Please stop by and see them at the Belardo Lights display!