Sunday, July 22, 2007

Another MR-16 mounting idea

Nutz4lights over at Planet Christmas posted this idea for a PVC MR-16 LED light holder this might be the winner for me. It is nice when people give advice like this. I would probably still be at Lowes trying to figure out which PVC this or that would work. It seems like every time I walk into the big box hardware store my mind goes blank!

So write it down...

  • 45 degree 1 1/2" fitting
  • 2" to 1 1/2" PVC adapter










Saturday, July 21, 2007

Pre-ordered MR-16 LED lights

To go along with my new DC Lightorama board, I pre-ordered some MR-16 32-LED bulbs. 8 each in white, red, blue and green. The specs are here.

I hope to be able to replace the 16 halogen flood lights I used last year, this would be a huge power savings and the LED bulbs are very cool!

I will have to make my own MR-16 holders; so here are a couple of ideas from other people:
http://24.108.72.149/howtos.html
http://www.crazylightlady.us/MR-16Holders.html

Off the shelf:
http://electricsupplieson-line.stores.yahoo.net/cocloudilali.html
http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/commerce.cgi?product=MR16&keywords=&cart_id=3551995.5713&next=50 (OK this is indoor, but one several steps closer than the DIY links - look for the plant up-light).

My first DC controller card...

So on an impulse I ordered a Lightorama CMB16D 16 channel DC board (http://store.lightorama.com/cmdedcca.html). This will officially bring my channel count to 64.

The CMB16D is a new board from Lightorama, it will not even ship until sometime in August. Other light control vendors including D-light Animated Lighting both have DC controllers and they look intriguing.

This controller will require a lot of extra work from me as it is not a "Showtime" product. I will have to supply my own enclosure, power supply and custom power cables, but I will be able to control DC based fixtures, including some awesome LED floodlights.