Chandelier of RGB LEDs – High Tech – High Up

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Event Architects and Rogue Lighting bring a Chandelier to Silicon Valley’s favorite night, from the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California

The Tech Awards generously supports innovation globally to benefit humanity, and for the annual gala event, the attendees will be entertained by an RGB  Chandelier.  Event Architects and Rogue Lighting collaborated to program 3,200 modules in spectacular ways throughout the evening of the Tech Awards Gala. More later about the actual event and the laureates being honored, but let’s talk tech about this art installation providing something unique to a Tech Museum event.

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40 modules per strand, to accommodate the size of the ballroom in the San Jose Convention Center. The gauge of the wire is low enough that there is a power drop, so the engineers added this power booster to keep the voltage up across strands, and they custom 3D printed the boxes to maintain a sleek look.

Close-up on these custom LED hardware strands

Close-up on these custom LED hardware strands

Each module has 3 RGBs on each side so a total of 6 RGB LEDs. With a regular RGB, you can program up to 768 unique colors, not because the average person can distinguish the numerous variations of teal or something, but so that flowing patterns amongst colors is seamless and appealing to the eye.  Now with 6 of these RGB LEDs, the true # of colors is almost infinite as there can be variation in the saturation, hues, and intensity.  The power and scale of this event, the Tech Awards, deserves this display of ingenuity and uniqueness to make an impact on all the attendees.

Far out strands may yellow from power drop

Far out strands may yellow from power drop

80% intensity of all LEDs on White

80% intensity of all LEDs on White

At full intensity of White LED which requires all 6 RGBs to be on, thus taking the most power, you can see that the ends of the bundles will be yellow.  During the evening, it is not always going to be on white by any means, so this shouldn’t be an issue.  At even just 80% intensity of White light, the bundles are all a nice even color as in this photo 🙂

The team has been working towards this event since July, conceiving the design, working within a budget and creating something that could be adaptable for other events.  There have been very few issues along the way, just making sure they have everything with backup strands or module covers for the day in case anything happens.  Pretty amazing that they had the space to lay everything out as if it was the real installation, which it will be soon on Thursday November 12th.  If you can’t make it, follow along on Twitter @TheTechAwards to see the laureates, their stories, their products that are helping to save the world, and of course everyone’s favorite Chandelier patterns!

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The man behind the plan, with his table dog sidekick

The man behind the plan, with his table dog