university of illinois

university of illinois

UIUC DORM LED LIGHT SHOW

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A light show that took place on the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th floors of Wardall Hall in the University of Illinois on May 1st, 2016! The lights used in this show were part of a project sponsored by the Innovation LLC. The goal was to make affordable lights that were controllable using the DMX512 lighting standard. We did this by using cheap LED strips, then building specific modules for them that made them controllable using DMX512. We then designed receivers and transmitters so that the DMX512 signal could be sent wirelessly. While there were solutions out there, our solution ended up costing about the same while having a much greater range. We controlled the lights from the ground floor, so the 5th floor receiver was about 100 ft away, and the other receivers were further than that. This project took us an entire year to build, test, and create a light show. While in testing, these lights were used in the Illini Student Musicals's production of "Godspell" and "Urinetown". == TECH SPECS== Programmed using High End Systems Hog 4 PC with a Hog 4 USB DMX Widget 8 LED Strips with a special light module each that allows it to be controlled via DMX512 4 receivers 1 transmitter Filmed with two Canon T3i Rebels (loaned from Innovation LLC) == SONGS== 1st song: "Virtual is Where You Live" by Approaching Nirvana 2nd song: "Sandstorm" by Darude 3rd song: "Thriller" by Michael Jackson 4th song: "Kernkraft 400" by Zombie Nation Credits song: "305" by Approaching Nirvana == SPECIAL THANKS== First thanks goes to Jen Bechtel, Aaron Graves, and the Innovation LLC community for funding this project and helping me with so many other resources. The Innovation LLC community is SUCH a great community, and I am sad to be leaving next year and hope to come back and visit. Additional thanks go to Lizzie Jones, Nicole Haley, Kourtney Jones, and the rest of the ISR Hall Council for being so supportive about this, as well as managing a kick-a** Urbana North Carnival. Huge thanks to the following people, who gave up their time to help me make a better the light show: Harshit Agarwal, Caleb Albers, and Krishna Jayaraj for not being afraid to tell me something was off and catching all my slip-ups. Bryant Lash, for giving me tons of great ideas in regards to musicality and timing, as well as constantly yelling "YEEEAAAHHH!" in all of the recordings of the light show. Abhyuday Sooriyeh, for not only always being there to offer his opinion about the light show, but also helping me set up for the light show today. Abhi went far beyond what he ever needed to do, and the light show is so much better because of him. The biggest thanks go to my roommate and best friend Daniel Lee. The idea of a wirelessly DMX-controllable LED strip would not be a reality if it wasn't for him. Daniel was responsible for designing the circuitry of all the light modules, receivers, and transmitters for this show-I only programmed them to do stuff to music. Seriously, 90% of all credit should go to Daniel, for all the extremely late nights and frustrations that went into designing everything. Lastly, I want to give a acknowledgement to Mr. Michael Karasch. He was the one responsible for sparking my interest in lighting. He dealt with so much of me for 4 entire years, without ever losing his patience, and to that I say, props to you!