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Rgb Lights To Wash Wall From Tight Angle

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I am building a set for a horror podcast/haunted house and am wanting to wash a wall from behind a painting. The painting is offset from the wall by 2 inches using a frame made from 1x2, this frame is where I want to attach the lights. I am looking for RGB Dumb lights and am not afraid of kits or anything like that but I am wanting to keep it cheap (less than $50 for the lights).

 

Here is a picture of the wall that I want to wash:

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The lights would be attached to the frame behind the painting and shine outward in all directions. I recently purchased the 5050 Rectangle Modules from Holiday Coro hoping those would work, and they shine a bit but don't really fill the wall directly to the side. I will still use these LED's for flood lights but I really need something for the set!

 

I know I can get professional theatrical lights that will do what I want but those are all over $100 (or as much as $500) per light! I am hoping for the entire thing to be under $50.

 

So does anyone have any ideas or products that will work for me?

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How about a flexible ribbon from Ray Wu, they are very bright and you could wrap them around the back of the frame which would give you light in all directions from behind the picture? Here is a link: http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/4m-waterproof-LED-digital-strip-by-tube-DC12V-input-without-controller-10pcs-TM1809IC-m-30pcs-5050/701799_425556741.html

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Yeah that was a suggestion but I am not sure that it would give an even wash on the sides. I am attaching 2 pictures, they show the Holiday Coro lights on the right side (you can see the gap between the nodes) and on the left is an LED strip from Advance Auto for cars. I would much rather go with a strip for an all around glow, and on the top and bottom they would work  fine, but on the sides there is too much room to get an even wash all the way out. On the second picture I hung another LED strip on the wall to the left a little way out and in front and it helps fill it in in pictures but it is not an even wash.

 

This is an existing set in a Haunted House that we are going to use for a Horror Podcast but we will still be using the set for the haunt so everything has to be able to hide and look good in person. And in person there is just not an even wash around the painting. For a bit more information there is a depth of 2 inches behind the painting to place the LED's and to either side (left and right) there is "white" space of 20". Again the top and bottom are close enough that an LED strip will work just fine it's the side to side I need.

 

I know there are professional lights that would do this, starting at $400 (http://www.colorkinetics.com/Graze-Powercore/), but was hoping I could find something a lot cheaper considering it doesn't have to be "smart" and I don't need any special programming (DMX) just 4 wires for the control.

 

But thanks to the ones, here and on Facebook, who have offered suggestions I will keep looking and hoping someone has something that will work.

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This would be a perfect use of ribbons, this way you will get even light all along the back side of the frame, If you mount on the back of the picture shinning at the wall you shoud get a good reflection off the wall.  You will need to cut and insert connector wires to make the 90 degree turns at each corner (may, although I have not have very good luck use the 90 degree connectors).  600 led stips are very available, these are very bright (I recevied some strips with 144 per meter I am using for wall wash's).   

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I agree with the flex strips, but in my opinion if you want it even the do not use the 90 degree connectors as that will not give the corners even lighting. Just wrap the strip around the corners. Just my one tenth of a cent worth. 

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I would add to the back of the frame so its 4 inches off the wall so you can aim the 60/m strip down the wall. Make sure you have a led centered on the corners or not so they are the same. Brian Sent from my SCH-I500 using Tapatalk 2

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Yeah so got a sample from another member on here (Thanks!) ended up sending me enough to ring the entire painting so gave it a try. Looks great in person with no other lights on but the second I put the talent lights on it washes the light away :( Still playing around some to see what I can do, thinking of just painting the wall red and letting the lights glow on it, but then I lose the color change ability and I really wanted that so that when I use the space for the haunted house I can put a different color on the wall.  I am starting to think I just won't be able to pull it off for cheap like I am wanting.

 

To Skunberg I thought about that but the 2" the painting is offset is already pretty noticeable and worried that if I pull it out anymore it won't look right. I also wrapped it completely around the frame and I am getting a good solid glow right around the frame, it's just skipping the bit in the center on the left and right.

 

I am going to try some experiments with shuttering the talent lights to help with spill but not holding my breath. Oh well still in the testing stages so I have some time.

 

Adding a screen capture from the first test shoots so everyone can see what I am working with.

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