Backlighting Options

Backlighting Options

Post by marlin cob » Wed, 22 Oct 1997 04:00:00



Hello gang,

First time posting in this newsgroup.  I am interested in what others have
done backlighting glass projects.  I am looking into options such as
backlight technology of laptops both EL and Cold flourescent..

My goal is to create false windows.  I am looking for suggestions and
sources for supply.

thanks in advance
marlin

 
 
 

Backlighting Options

Post by MikeFir » Thu, 23 Oct 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>First time posting in this newsgroup.  I am interested in what others have
>done backlighting glass projects.  I am looking into options such as
>backlight technology of laptops both EL and Cold flourescent..

 The backlighting technology used in lap tops is limited in size and is
expensive for its size.  
  Ordinary flourescent bulbs, which come in a number of different shades
of white, illuminating a shallow box from the sides, with or without a
frosted panel between the box and the glass, will be far more cost effective.

 Mike Firth, Hot Bits furnace glassblowing newsletter

  Home Page: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/MikeFirth

 
 
 

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Post by Steve Richar » Fri, 24 Oct 1997 04:00:00




Quote:
>Hello gang,

>First time posting in this newsgroup.  I am interested in what others have
>done backlighting glass projects.  I am looking into options such as
>backlight technology of laptops both EL and Cold flourescent..

>My goal is to create false windows.  I am looking for suggestions and
>sources for supply.

>thanks in advance
>marlin

I use flourescent tubes.  They need to be recessed or guarded in some
way from the main panel as they provide "hot" lines or borders.  If
large panels are being considered, placing a bank of tubes behind a
diffusing sheet of glass a few inches away from the panel to be viewed
is a good idea.
Steve
--
Steve Richard
 
 
 

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Post by Bert Wei » Sun, 26 Oct 1997 04:00:00



Quote:



>>Hello gang,

>>First time posting in this newsgroup.  I am interested in what others have
>>done backlighting glass projects.  I am looking into options such as
>>backlight technology of laptops both EL and Cold flourescent..

>>My goal is to create false windows.  I am looking for suggestions and
>>sources for supply.

>>thanks in advance
>>marlin

>I use flourescent tubes.  They need to be recessed or guarded in some
>way from the main panel as they provide "hot" lines or borders.  If
>large panels are being considered, placing a bank of tubes behind a
>diffusing sheet of glass a few inches away from the panel to be viewed
>is a good idea.
>Steve
>--
>Steve Richard

I have found that it requires 18" af space between fluorescent light tubes
and a diffusing screen of white plexiglass or polystyrene to eliminate hot
stripes.

I tried posting this message yeaterday but it seemed to disappear, sorry
if anybody else had to read it twice.
Bert Weiss

--
Bert Weiss Glass Studio
Painted Art Glass
Custom Productions
Architectural and Sculptural Cast Glass
Collaborative Art Glass
Lighting design

 
 
 

Backlighting Options

Post by mk » Mon, 27 Oct 1997 03:00:00


Replying to the post below about backlighting to create false windows:

You may wish to try neon. I've made several backlights/sidelights for
various glass projects in my neon shop. In addition to the obvious wide
range of colors you can get in neon lights, we have a variety of different
whites ranging from a warm pinkish to cool blue white.

In the whites and blues there is the possibility of dimming the light to
some extent; with reds this doesn't work as well. (The blues are lit with
argon/mercury, the red is neon and is much stronger.) Another advantage of
neon is that it can be made to custom sizes, unlike fluorescent. Contact a
neon artist or a sign shop that does neon work and I would think you could
get plenty of help.

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Quote:
> First time posting in this newsgroup.  I am interested in what others have
> done backlighting glass projects.  I am looking into options such as
> backlight technology of laptops both EL and Cold flourescent..

> My goal is to create false windows.  I am looking for suggestions and
> sources for supply.

> thanks in advance
> marlin

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Post by Galaxyma » Fri, 31 Oct 1997 04:00:00


A few years ago I found a company in Orange County California that manufactures
 light strips called Component Marketing. It's been a while since I spoke with
 them, so I would have to do a lot of digging to find their information.  This
 company may be of interest to you.  They manufacture the light strips that are
 used in airplanes (and a lot of other high tech military stuff).  The light
 strip is very thin - about the thickness of two pieces of duct tape.  It comes
 in a variety of colors.  You can do some very interesting things with it when
 it comes to lighting glass.  It can be wrapped around circular glass, used
 along the edge of a frame, there actuall is a ton of applications it would be
 great for.  They can manufacture these strips to any dimensions you might
 require.  They were very helpful and sent me several samples to try out.  The
 problem I had using this is that I could never quite get the electric part
 worked out.  You need a transformer and voltage regulator (small in size) and
 since I really don't know anything about electricity, it turned into one of
 those future projects to be worked out that has sat on the workbench for quite
 a while.  If you can't find the company, let me know and I'll try to find
 their information, although I'm sure they have an 800 number.  I would love to
 find a way to use this product if the electric part could be worked out.

Sherrie
All Angles Glass Designs
http://members.aol.com/galaxymall
See us in the Glass House

 
 
 

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Post by Galaxyma » Mon, 03 Nov 1997 04:00:00


 The sample I have looks like a piece of tape laminated in very thin plastic.
 It doesn't have fibers bunched into bundles with a sleeve, but two leads
 coming out the end.  You use a little device that converts it to 110 and an AC
 adaptor that plugs into the wall.  I'll be back at the studio on Monday and
 will try to get the company information for you.  If you call them they can
 tell you all about it - they're really nice people and will send you a sample.
  What the heck, you may be able to use it.  The light is pretty bright, of
 course it depends on the width and legnth of the strip, but they will custom
 make these for you and they come in a variety of colors.

AOL cut me off while I was replying to your last message so I lost the whole
 thing.  If I can find the company info I'll forward it to you.

Sherrie
All Angles Glass Designs
http://members.aol.com/galaxymall