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by tink2011
Wed May 16, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 9381

Re: LED electrical question

Hi Everyone, So much for me having a wiring plan posted here by late this week. Believe it or not, I ended up having emergency surgery for an appendicitis yesterday! I am home and on the mend, but won't be up to posting any plans for awhile. Glad I got started early so I will have time after this li...
by tink2011
Thu May 10, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 9381

Re: LED electrical question

@B Badger:
I dissected (literally because I am a medical person!) the battery pack assembly that came with the LED strings. It is composed of 3 AA batteries --- one 2.7 ohm resistor --- on/off switch -- out to 35 LEDs strung in parallel --- back to ground. There are no resistors in the string.
by tink2011
Thu May 10, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 9381

Re: LED electrical question

Lots of amazing information here. I am a newbie to wiring, soldering and not able to process what everyone is saying, as most of it sounds like a foreign language. So, I am going to read all the posts a few times and put together a wiring plan and then post it here for your critique. I will try to h...
by tink2011
Wed May 09, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 9381

Re: LED electrical question

Ah, yes, a fuse! That'd be bad to forget! I will be running lots of EL wire with inverters, 10 CCFL 12" and 9 of the 35 light LED starings, each on their own strand from the bus bar. So, should I get one 12v fuse / 20 amp inline? Or more than one? And then take some extras out the the playa? Also, I...
by tink2011
Tue May 08, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 9381

Re: LED electrical question

Thanks everyone for your great answers. The string series wiring may be a tad over my abilities since this is the first time I've soldered! I have held the strand up to the light and I don't see any resistors. Here's the link to where I purchased them, and it doesn't give any specifics: http://www.a...
by tink2011
Tue May 08, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 9381

Re: LED electrical question

I plan to heat shrink tube all of my EL wire solders. Can I also heat shrink right over the top of the resistors. That makes sense to me... but...don't want an alien on fire!
by tink2011
Tue May 08, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 9381

Re: LED electrical question

So, if I ran each one individually (35 LED per string run back to the bus bar with speaker wire to reduce the amount of power -- I already bought these so I'd like to use them, plus they look awesome!), then I would need a 7.14 ohm resistor that is rated to 3.5 watts, right? If I got this right I'll...
by tink2011
Tue May 08, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 9381

Re: LED electrical question



Here's the link to a photo of my vehicle 2009 playa. EL wire only, little on the alien...but they still gave me a night license! I haven't read you last post, but THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
by tink2011
Tue May 08, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 9381

Re: LED electrical question

Thanks to both of you! I've been wracking my brains for over a week, visiting websites and local electrical shops and had almost given up. First of all, let me say that I've never soldered or calculated electrical circuits, but I am very excited about this! Although each of you gave great descriptio...
by tink2011
Tue May 08, 2012 8:00 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED electrical question
Replies: 48
Views: 9381

LED electrical question

I have a mutant vehicle and for the last few years had battery powered (4.5v) LED strands as part of the lighting. This meant having tons of little battery packs hidden all over the car, and a huge pain to turn them all off at night, in the dark and the dust. This year I would like to solder the lig...
by tink2011
Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:53 pm
Forum: 2012 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Need help figuring out mutant vehicle ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 9139

Re: Need help figuring out mutant vehicle ideas

Your ideas sound fantastic! I'm a 50-year-old woman and made a vehicle too! Nice to hear of other women out there doing the same. I made a vehicle off of a golf cart base in 2010. It's a space ship with a huge alien standing on top holding the world. Once you get the basic plan down (safety, transpo...
by tink2011
Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: 2012 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Protecting MV stereo equipment from dust
Replies: 3
Views: 1009

Protecting MV stereo equipment from dust

This will be my MV's third trip to the playa. It seats four and is based off a golf cart, so it's not big. My first attempt at a sound system (an iPod hooked up to some lame little speakers powered by AA batteries) died before I even hit the open playa due to dust. I am considering purchasing a weat...
by tink2011
Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: 2012 Art & Performance
Topic: The Temple of Juno: 2012
Replies: 54
Views: 8215

Re: The Temple of Juno: 2012

I would agree that the Temple 2010 wasn't my favorite, however, I went with a friend who was dying of cancer and that was the last temple he saw before he passed away. It moved him so greatly. He felt it was like the earth rising up and reaching out to him. It was beautiful to see him adoring the st...
by tink2011
Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Inverter vs Generator
Replies: 24
Views: 5443

Re: Inverter vs Generator

Thanks for such indepth answers regarding the gene/inverter/battery questions, as I've learned a lot from reading this string. I have a golf cart based mutant vehicle and have run the EL wire and the rope lights off of a dozen AA-battery packs hidden throughout the vehicle that I have to turn on and...
by tink2011
Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lighting a hexayurt
Replies: 15
Views: 3451

Re: Lighting a hexayurt

Thanks everyone for your input so far. I won't worry about daytime lighting, but I'll look into battery powered lanterns for night! THANKS! The man burns in 220 days!
-Tink
by tink2011
Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Any drum corps folks out there?
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: Any drum corps folks out there?

Thanks Savannah! Good info. See you on the playa. :D
by tink2011
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Any drum corps folks out there?
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Any drum corps folks out there?

Anyone know drum corps??? I see some posts from 2005-2008, but nothing recent. I live in Sacramento and used to march in the Freelancers' color guard. Any other drum corps burners who want to put together some kind of a flag/rifle/spinning/bugle/drum "mini show" for BM 2012? Let's talk!
by tink2011
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: ACK! The suspense is killing me!!
Replies: 108
Views: 8967

Re: ACK! The suspense is killing me!!

Thanks, Savannah, now I have my priorities straight. Pineapple shaped lights and then rent. Ha ha! too funny, but how true it is!!! :roll:
by tink2011
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lighting a hexayurt
Replies: 15
Views: 3451

Lighting a hexayurt

I have camped in an RV for the last three years but don't have access to one for 2012. I'm thinking of building a yurt. Does anyone have some ideas on lighting? Are they really dark inside even during the daytime? I've seen photos where they look well lit during the day, but can't tell if they have ...
by tink2011
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Searching for source of LED string on 3 AAs
Replies: 9
Views: 2146

Re: Searching for source of LED string on 3 AAs

I got a whole bunch of them at Target, but it was during the after Xmas sale. Blue and white. Anyplace online sells em cheap. I've ordered online before, just order a few more than you really want, as a strand may be dysfunctional when it arrives...it's from China.
by tink2011
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: ACK! The suspense is killing me!!
Replies: 108
Views: 8967

Re: ACK! The suspense is killing me!!

Hey, Jackass, if you get that special email, please forward it to me. :mrgreen:
by tink2011
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: 2012 Tickets Discussion
Topic: ACK! The suspense is killing me!!
Replies: 108
Views: 8967

Re: ACK! The suspense is killing me!!

I almost got fired at work today for checking my personal email once every minute! ARGH! Additionally, my 13-year-old daughter was waiting today to see if she got a part in a local theater production. She kept checking the website and facebooking with all of her little theater friends. It was all I ...
by tink2011
Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Know best formula for Glowing Paper Mache?
Replies: 18
Views: 7584

Re: Know best formula for Glowing Paper Mache?

I made a mutant vehicle for 2010 and 2011. I used paper mache for the head of my alien and the globe that he/she was holding. They were really big and it worked great! I used spray paint to cover, but had a hard time covering the print on the newspaper. I know you are making yours translucent, but t...

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