Big LEDs: Final Installation Design

            My proposal for the LED Installation for an event stairwell is as follows.

1.     Have LED tape run along the lengths of each cut in hand rail (33.9175’ x 2)

a.     These lights will have linear movement in the direction the people walk when they go down the stairs.

b.     Color would be a variation of this palette:

2.     There will also be lights along the base of each stair, directed towards the bottom of the staircase (7’-9’’ x 24 strips).

a.     These lights will have various color gradient patterns running and the gradient will change react depending on the whether there is a person in their proximity or not.

3.     Along the middle landing I propose two additional strips, on the floor, running parallel to the direction the person will be walking.

a.     These strips will match the color patterns of the lights on the bottom of the stairs but they will have a different reactiveness when a person steps on the landing.

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Riser Diagram:

DMX Driven LEDs

For this Big LEDs assignment we were put in groups of three and given instructions to use the leDMX4 pro, Meanwell power supply, and madmapper to drive a roll of LED tape in whatever configuration we wanted. Kemi, Adrian, and I worked together to complete this.

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We decided to arrange the LED strip into a bowl and diffuse it with an interesting material to see what type of effect we would get.

We ran into a few different issues when doing the initial setup of the dmx controller and connecting it to madmapper. The overall issue was getting it to connect to the computer’s network. After trying a few different dongles and converters we were able to get it to work using an ethernet to thunderbolt adapter. The rest of the process was fairly easy and straightforward.

Overall I felt like this assignment gave me a good intro to DMX and its’ versatility in controlling lighting elements.


Deep Web: Reflections on the functions and quality of light

For this assignment I decided to analyze the functions and qualities of light of the kinetic audio visual installation and performance: Deep Web, by the design studio, WhiteVoid.


The composition of the installation can be broken down to a few different structures. The main two being the large led bulb system hanging above the viewers. This system moves in various synchronous patterns while being pointed to by the second structure. The second being laser arrays on the side of the room which direct their beams at the led bulbs and change color and direction reactively to the score.


As the installation is hanging above the crowd it allows for unique perspectives of viewing from different locations throughout the large venue. I imagine being underneath the piece while it is moving and focusing on the bulbs to be hypnotizing in its’ own way and if you move the the edge of the piece there is an entirely different perspective achieved from the piece.


Deep Web is modeled in a way that seems as thought it would make sense to be immediately below it but then really moving around and seeing other perspectives of the piece allow the viewer to have a fuller view and appreciation of it.


The audiences attention is focused above them the entire time. With it constantly being redirected from the moving led array to the lasers flashing and moving. I can imagine this having the added effect of allowing people to fully immerse themselves in the piece easier than if they were looking horizontally in front of them.


For me the mood of the piece from the light’s perspective has to do with the narrative of the piece. It begins in a very minimalistic way and then progresses into more extravagant displays over the course of the performance. From this the mood is able to change in intensity and lightness. Adding the audio element into the piece adds to the overall mood and atmosphere of the piece.