I decided to pick up a sheet of frosted acrylic paneling from TAP Plastics. I made a wood frame to create a light box using High Density RGB LED Strip Light. I used paper partitions to define a southwestern design.
In this Instructable, I will detail how I went about creating this LED Light Box. The dimension of the frame turned out to be 19" x 11".
Elemental LED products needed:
High Density RGB LED Strip Light by the foot - 2 feet
Inline Remote LED Color Controller - qty: 1
Four-Strand RGB Wire - 10 feet
12V Adapter - 12W option - qty: 1
Other products needed:
6' x 2 7/16" x 13/16" piece of Douglas Fir
Wire Nuts (4)
#0 Biscuits (4)
1/8" Thick 40% Lighting White Acrylic Panel
Thick Construction Paper
Clear Packing Tape
1/2" Thick Sheet of MDF
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Step 1: Create a Design
To help plan for the installation, I drew the position of each strip light section on my diagram. By the way, I ended up using a more simplified version of this design using only the middle elements. I also drew in the wiring pattern for my reference as I soldered the wiring to the strip light. I had two wire runs from the output of the color controller. The second pic details the wiring sequence for each run. For the color changing strip light, I strategically switched around the wiring of the R, G, and B contact points from section to section to get a different color for each partitioned section of color changing strip. Feel free to experiment with this. Just make sure that the positive contact points continue to match up from strip to strip.
Step 2: Cut a Channel for the Acrylic
Step 3: Make a Rabbet Cut for the Backer Board
Step 4: Cut the Sides of the Frame
Step 5: Glue Up With Acrylic
Step 6: Cut Your Backer Board to Size
Step 7: Cut the Partition Strips
Again, I decided to remove some of the design elements. This pic shows extra partitions that I didn't end up using.
Step 8: Tape Down the First Partition and Position the Strip Light
Cut up your High Density RGB LED Strip Light and position it based on your guidelines.