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Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« on: August 09, 2015, 10:44:03 AM »

This is not my idea, but I thought it was so great that I made a few for myself.

Watch Menards for the portable Halogen Work Lights to go on sale.  (I bought them for $6 each.)  Tear out all the lighting guts so you have an empty fixture.  Paint them black.  You can find 20 RGB LED strips prewired on Ebay for about $7 (you'll use 10 per fixture, so $3.50 cost per light).  Then you'll want to find the RGB LED control box and remote (I had a few from LED strips that I bought.  They come as either 24 key or 44 key remotes - same type will use same remote, but can't mix 24 and 44).  Cut a piece of plywood to fit in fixture.  Glue LEDs to front side, controller on back side.  Place in fixture, feed a 12 volt power cable through back of fixture and connect up.  Nice waterproof large RGB flood light for approx $10.

(thought I would add, if you look at the back of my LED strobe fixtures here, you can see how I mounted a 12 volt DC connector out where the 110 power wire use to come in.)
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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2015, 10:52:24 AM »

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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2015, 04:20:11 PM »

Nice, can we see some night shots? :You_Rock_Emoticon:
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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2015, 10:03:09 PM »

Nice, can we see some night shots? :You_Rock_Emoticon:
Here you go.  I took one pic with the light off so you can see how much light they throw off.  The next pic is with the light set to white color.  The last pic show 4 different colors, green, red, blue & purple/pink.  This was just using a single light fixture (I made 6 of these total, tempted to make another 6 if I can find the fixtures on sale again at Menards.).  The side of the house I was shining the light on is approx. 24' wide by 13' tall.
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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2015, 11:53:04 PM »

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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2015, 07:40:06 PM »

Wow, that's awesome. You know how I love being able to put lights out for multiple holidays. These would replace my floods nicely. And I would even use the white lights year round. :great:

Did you get the leds from that same eBay store?
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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2015, 09:55:30 PM »

Did you get the leds from that same eBay store?
  Just search ebay for LED RGB modules and look for something like this. http://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-5050-SMD-3-LED-Module-RGB-Waterproof-Light-Lamp-Red-Blue-Green-SUPER-BRIGHT-/111083979672?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19dd1f0398

Then you want a controller.... I went with the 44 key http://www.ebay.com/itm/IR-Remote-Controller-DC-12V-44-key-For-SMD-5050-3528-RGB-Led-Strip-Lights-/131573854924?hash=item1ea269b2cc as it has more functions compared to the 24 key.   If you make all the lights with the same # key controller, you can control them all with one remote.....
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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2015, 05:47:08 PM »

Awesome, thanks!

We don't have a Menard's near me, but O found them online for the same price :Woot_Emoticon:
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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2016, 10:08:23 PM »

It's not Halloween, but for the 4th of July I put these out lighting up the house, one side I set them to Red and the other side I set them to Blue, and had the white house light in the center.  Looks really nice at night.
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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2016, 12:21:40 AM »

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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2016, 03:58:16 PM »

I have to get going on mine. My old solar lights are falling apart. :ireful:
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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2017, 07:47:32 PM »

I finally got my first one built! I went a little different with the led mounting than Pod did. I hammered the protective cage flat, and punched it through the side of the tin reflector. I have no idea if this will throw more light, but it saved me some time making a backing out of wood. (my carpenter skills are not Pod like :cheesy: )









For my next trick, I will be wiring these into their own solar panel and battery array. They will work off both a timer and photocell to turn on only when it's dark and within a certain time period to save battery.
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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2017, 12:06:53 AM »

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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2017, 07:06:35 AM »

They look good Kid.  Can't wait to see them once you get them outside and lighting up your house.

On the IR sensor, you might want to leave that inside the reflector and bend it up so that you have line of sight to it from the glass.  That way you just point the remote at the front of the light to change the color.
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Re: Inexpensive RGB Flood Lights
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2017, 07:12:48 PM »

Thanks, Pod. The solar array is all sorted out, just need to do final mounting, and I'll post pics.

The ir sensor is definitely an issue. It only works 1 out of 10 clicks. I'll try pulling back to the front.
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