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    New Rope Light / Aluminum Arches

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    After building my arches on pvc pipe with incandescent lights 3 years ago I always seemed to break bulbs in storage and fight getting them working the next year. Last year I did the pvc sleeves but converted them to starburst poles this year. I decided to take some better ideas that I saw on here and build some new ones. I think they came out nice. I bent 1" aluminum conduit to form the arch and used rope lights in 7.5' lengths folded into (4) 22.5" segments for each channel. Total of (8) channels. Thought I would share the outcome.





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    I cheated a little bit. I used a hydraulic bender. We had to do some concentric bends for conduit on an oil tank at work. That's how I got the idea to bend the conduit into an arch. I used (2) 10' pieces and bent them separately and attached them with a coupling. The aluminum is very light. I also think it could be done with emt conduit and a hand bender.

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    Nice arch - I avoided the whole light issue on my arches - went with CCR, they attach easy and remove easy as well so no damage.


    I wanted CCR but needed 4 for my arches. I just built 5 new LOR controllers for this year so I decided to wait. Maybe next year. Were they difficult to program into your songs?

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    I wanted CCR but needed 4 for my arches. I just built 5 new LOR controllers for this year so I decided to wait. Maybe next year. Were they difficult to program into your songs?



    Not too bad, I used some of the built in SuperStar instant sequence to get some done quick, it is ok, then I progressed to watching the how to video and doing some of my own.


    But one of the best ways I found to get some quick, great sequences is to use the nice little LOR tool on http://itsmebob.com/SD.html it has an RGB Convertor, it will take LOR arch and make it into RGB for CCR - and you can go the other way as well, watch the video on using it, and it works great!  Make sure you follow instructions to set to 16% intensity to get it to convert correctly.

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    @dclark6623 do you have any pictures of it lit up, seems like it might look even better than normal bulbs. Also how much did it cost you?

    I purchased the floor flanges from Home Depot for $9.50 each. I purchased rope light for $85 / 150' spool. I used 2 pieces of 1" aluminum conduit for the arches (approx $40). I would say that each arch cost me about $120. I made the power supplies with spt1 wire and connectors (much cheaper than buying the ones made for the rope light.



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