Acrylic LED bar sign

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#1

I snuck away this evening to play in my shop after my light strips came in.
I made this sign/shot glass holder for my son’s bachelor pad bar…hense the name on the sign…lol
Hard to see the colors, but the glasses light up blue, green, yellow and purple.
I used a battery powered waterproof LED strip.



#2

Thats cool.


#3

Very nice job! Where do you get your LEDs ?


#4

That’s awesome! Engraved acrylic looks amazing when it’s LED backlit.


#5

From china mostly…I used these for this project. http://m.banggood.com/4_5V-Battery-Operated-30CM-LED-Strip-Light-Waterproof-Craft-Lights-Hobby-Light-p-978798.html


#6

If you know a bit about electronics, Arduinos or Raspberry Pis, you can get more advanced color LED strings from this seller. By advanced I mean control of individual LED pixel on/off/intensity and color. Plus it’s about half the price (based upon “White 1M 30 IP30”; or ‘white tape, 1 meter, 30 pixels/meter, non-waterproofed’) and you can get higher densities of LEDs/inch if needed.

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/1m-4m-5m-WS2812B-Smart-led-pixel-strip-Black-White-PCB-30-60-144-leds-m/1051119_2036819167.html


#7

Yes they have great prices on a lot of LEDs this project however I needed a waterproof strip Since it was in a bar around liquids…lol and battery powered and this is the easiest quickest way to do it.


#8

Are you using one strip for the project or is there a strip for each color? I’m just wondering how you got each of the colors on at the same time without using an advanced strip as @dan_berry posted.


#9

@dan_berry, Do you any resources or suggestions where someone like me with no Arduino or Pi experience could learn about using them specifically for LED lighting?


#10

If you really have no experience in using Arduinos or Raspberry Pi, then I would suggest that you go the route @smcgathyfay laid out. The ones she highlighted appear to be single color strings and do not change color, but are offered in 5 different colors.

If you want more information about WS2812B-based LEDs, you can find more information on the Adafruit website at https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-neopixel-uberguide/overview – The term “NeoPixel” is just what they call them presumably to sound unique to their audience.

CAVEAT: Not all LED strings you can buy are the same! Some use different chips. The above only applies to “WS2812B” LED strings.


#11

I Love using addressable LEDs in signs (or anything else)

Our house numbers and the path lighting are filled with them and controllable by our home automation.


#12

I actually attached pieces of colored acrylic under the holes where the shot glasses sit to emit the different colors and just used one white strip of LEDs. Cheating a bit…lol… but served the purpose…:grinning:


#13

Yes… I found that out…lots to choose from and different voltages and watts etc. Not one size fits all so to speak.


#14

Brilliant! Thanks for that, I should have guessed but didn’t even cross my mind that that’s how it could have been done.


#15

lol my husband is a musician and I’ve cut gels for his lights on the laser…same concept.


#16

I’m not Dan, but thought to share this link with you. This is one of the first links I saved for future laser ideas. I love the idea of using LEDs and acrylic.


#17

Ohhh liiiiink…where are you? lol


#18

Well duh…sorry! :sweat_smile:


#19

BTW, this was done on 1/8" acrylic. 1/4" is whats suggested but this works just as good visually…not as strong though…