This is a big update. We've got major SIGNAGE HERE PEOPLE!!! My god this thing cam out great,....
Started making some wiring management. Ran these things through the router until I reached 1/4". Then I drilled holes all the way down them to run wires through.
Ran them through the router again. I got them just above 1/8". I got nervous and stopped. I'll sand the rest of the way.
The sides with the holes gets glued down.
Kinda like this.
I ended up breaking one so I broke them all up into groups of 8 and two 5's I think? This worked out fine.
You just slide the wires through:) I rounded the holes too using a file so it easier to get the wires through.
I drilled holes for the LED's.
I didnt know that LED's were tapered. Didnt know you could install them like this. I'll have to remember this for when I make more reservoirs:)
They just make surface on the other side.
Time to wire the LEDS!!! I went out and bought wire and resistors. I got a 47ohm for series of 3 LEDs and a 220ohm for a single LED. This is going to be tight!
So cool looking!!!
Back of the panel lit up.
Behind the tinted acrylic. I noticed something,....
With the window off the letters,....
With the window on the letters. You see how the tinted window is enhancing the glow effect. It's like reflecting it back to the panel of something. Very cool.
These are all with the window on,...
So,... all the wiring again. I happen to like the way all the wiring looks, lol. I think it looks cool.
The studio is wrecked!
Heres one series of 3 and one single. The series has a 1/2 watt because the store only had 1/2 watt 47ohm resistors. The other is a 1/4 watt because thats what I had. The 1/4 watt is plenty.
Clamped for soldering. You know the clamp acts as a heatsink too. always try and isolate your components behind the clamp.
God I love this heatshrink! It works so good!
Fits there like so.
Wham. All of them installed.
Behind the text.
Making two very small bus bars out of some small diameter copper pipe. I flattened it and then folded it over so its a nice little bar. I flattened the S@#$ out of it.
I know someone asked me what bus bars are for. This is what they are for. That looks so cool.
Looks like a friggin weld! LOL.
Ready to go!
Hot glue for final step. I'm going to let this heat up. In the mean time,...
Access hole into the pump tower where the connection will be made to power up the back panel. Once I have this panel on, I wont have to remove it ever again.
Here you go. I hot glued any exposed metal. I dont want anything touching them!
OH MY GOD THIS LOOKS SO GREAT!!! It looks like a capsule or something. Not just lit up text on a side panel,... omg I am so loving this.
So yea! Stupid question but what you think! I still have to tweak the cover on there a bit buts it's done. All my LEDs are fine. They were just under powered. Some of them just seem to respond better with less power. this I dont know why. Going back to the studio now. I was in there for 29 hours. I think thats the longest I have been in there at one time.