artist starting to design special room lighting rig

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penguinbass1

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Hi everyone,

This is my first post here and I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful forums I have been perusing for the past few days.

Anyway I would like some advice on designing a special lighting rig. I have been designing painted rooms paired with 2-3 different colored lights so that the effect of color absorption/reflection reveals and conceals things painted into the room. Here's an example Ultimately I would like to design a set up that could very evenly and fairly brightly light a room with a least three colors of very narrow bandwidth light and have some way to automate on/off and swelling of the lights. I have tried using halogen and tungsten bulbs with theater gels but the bandwidth of the colored light wasn't narrow enough to maximize the effect. I have since been using CFL colored "party" bulbs in red and blue with some success but I would like to tune it in more. After some reading around these forums I have learned that LEDs may be a good source of very narrow bandwidth colored light. Is this true? And is there a way to tell if some LEDs are narrower in spectral bandwidth than others? And what type of set-up would be appropriate for filling a room with even light?

Thanks
 

AnAppleSnail

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Color LEDs are narrow spectrum sources. Some ready-to-use projects state the peak-saturation wavelength. ”RGB LED strips” should work well. Put them above eye level shining on the ceiling or something. Most come with color controllers.
 

penguinbass1

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Great thank you AnAppleSnail. I just ordered half a yard of rgb led strip lighting, a small power supply, and controller to test out on some models. I'll post some updates on this application when it's all set up.
 

AnAppleSnail

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Neat! I've seen some pictures of very neat projects done with large arrays of RGB LED strips. I don't have my bookmarks here, but here are some concepts:

Matched, revolving color bar and ceiling-wash lighting.
Work-area lighting with dimming white strips to change CCT. The CRI may not be great for color work, though.
 

heather369

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talking about RGB LED strips, i'm trying to find some special ones.
For example, some not only change colors, but also reflects some other pictures such as leaves
 
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