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Sunday, June 10, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I recently visited a friend's house with my family to attend a graduation party for one of his kids. As the afternoon turned into evening we all congregated in the backyard to enjoy a campfire, a pot of coffee, and some good music. As I listened to the music and engaged in conversation I couldn't help but be mesmerized by the lighting around my friends above ground swimming pool. I must admit I was quickly falling victim to a certifiable case of pool envy.
My wife and I used to own a swimming pool before we sold our house, but we could never figure out a way to add some decorative accent lighting without spending a fortune. As it turns out, my friend used a series of three chip LED light strips encased in waterproof plastic tubing. Since his deck ran all the way around the pool it made the perfect medium to mount the lights along both the hand rail and the underside of the deck board. Then he strategically mounted some tiki lamps around the deck and, instead of filling them with oil and burning them, he strung them with some of single-chip LEDs.
All of this he did for just a couple of dollars per foot. I admit I was pretty impressed and, at the same time, almost wishing I could turn back the clock and do the same thing to my former pool. It was that impressive. And much to my surprise, his lighting didn't stop there.
There was also a gazebo further back in the yard that he strung with RGB LED chip light strips. These strips could be set to a specific color or programmed to change color in a set pattern. What an idea! He created the perfect on-site setting for a romantic evening alone with his wife. Again I was green with envy.
Finally, I noticed as we were leaving that he even lit up his front walk and landscaping with LED light strips. I never knew before this night that my friend was a lighting master. Now that I live in an apartment, which is not a complaint mind you, I'm prohibited from doing any sort of lighting around the property. That's too bad, because visiting my friend's house gave me a lot of incredible ideas. Oh well, we'll be spending a lot of time at his house this summer.
Monday, June 4, 2012
If you're still not convinced that LED light strips are one of the best ways to create dazzling lighting displays you need to check out videos of the brand-new Dumbo ride at Walt Disney World (you can find them all over the Internet by doing a Google search). The ride is actually two rides in one; a brand-new ride that just recently opened while the old one is being remodeled to create an identical experience. Once the old ride opens both will be operating simultaneously, in opposite directions, providing an incredible visual effect.
At the center of both rides is a water fountain feature including hundreds of submerged RGB LED chip lights. All during the ride the lights change colors and angles to create beautiful and unique patterns on the cascading water.
At one point the angle of the red light is such that it makes it appear as though it's floating through the water as it tumbles from the fountain to the pool below. The video shows just what you can do with LED strip lights when you have a great imagination. We can't say whether the creators of the ride used a three chip LED system or not, but the lights are brilliant enough that we suspect they did.
You could create your own water feature for your yard using much the same creativity and a handful of tri-chip LED light strips. You don't even have to spend a large amount of money like the creators at Disney World obviously did. You can purchase a fairly decent water feature at your local hardware store for under $100; the light strips are available for just a couple of dollars per foot.
The key to this type of water feature is to get lights as bright as possible. Though some designers tried to accomplish the same thing with incandescent lighting decades ago, the light just wasn't bright enough to penetrate the water in a manner that was truly spectacular. The brightness of LED chips has changed all that. Even an RGB LED chip, which changes colors if you program it to do so, still gives brilliant reds, blues, pinks, and purples that shine brightly through the water.
If this is a project you think you'd like to try, just be sure you employ the help of someone who knows electrical wiring. The last thing you want to do is set up your system in such a way that it poses a danger to yourself and your neighbors. With the right plans and a little bit of help, you can have a spectacular water feature that will be the envy of your entire neighborhood.