Some pics of my DIY mood lighting project

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  1. RogerThat

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    Hi there :)

    Another lighting project!

    This time, the infamous 'mood lighting'.

    Now I realise this subject in itself is a bit like Marmite. Some love the idea, others hate it. So I won't be offended in the slightest if this isn't for you :LOL:

    The key with mood lighting is not being able to see the bulbs, I think it defeats the object otherwise.

    So another trip to Aten Lighting to get some RGB flexible LED strips. I bought 5M on a reel, along with a controller box and a remote control. I bought the RF remote, rather than infrared, as I didn't want to have to point the remote at a particular receiver or similar and it meant the control box could be completely hidden out of sight.

    Here's some pics of the kit, test it first!

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    There are various types of remote, this one has a touch sensitive dial on the front which allows you to choose any colour imaginable:

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    You can also adjust the brightness with the remote too (to further set the mood I guess):

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    I didn't take any photos of the install, but suffice to say in my rear-lounge there's a nice gap below all the cupboards in to which you can stick the LED strip (comes with 3M sticky tape on the back).

    Alas, once again, my camera phone lets me down, it's simply impossible to take decent photos in low light, the camera really doesn't do it justice.

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    What's quite obvious in the photo, but not 'in real life' is the glare/reflection on the pull down (white) window blinds.

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    It looks quite bad on the photos but in reality you can't actually see the reflection of the light on the blinds. Again, I'm pinning the blame for this squarely on my camera phone in low light conditions :rolleyes:

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    More colours to choose from than I can point the proverbial stick at:

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    One major problem I've noticed with this whole mood lighting thing is that it's surprisingly addictive!

    No sooner had I finished the rear lounge area than I'd then somehow convinced myself that the entire motorhome should be lit this way!

    So another call to Aten and I was off and running in the front too:

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    In the over-cab bed (as-was, now used for storage) you can just see a glow from above the original curtain rail. I'll probably put some black tape on the inside/behind this to hide it.

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    So there we go!

    Marmite, right? :cool:
     
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    Looks amazing but......I would only want to look not live in it.
    I love Marmite!
     
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    what were we all thinking about in 1999 not fitting it as standard :)

    my 2007 is blighted with the rope light fore runner to LED's, useless, only mood it creates is mine and it takes over 6A's

    even thinking about it has given me another bad mood :mad:
     
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    Well I love it. ..... I like Marmite too.
     
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    When do the working girls move in ?
     
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    I was looking at properties a couple of months ago. Looked at a beautiful flat that had been fitted with similar sort of lights, except they were in just white and a darkish blue. Looked stunning.
     
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    We have done to same but we close the curtain as that takes the glare from the white blinds. We also have the 3 sides on separate switches. But Jane only wanted white lights so that is what we got. Mind you I did put the coloured one on the outside
     
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    I love Marmite..

    but this is not Marmite
     
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    Not for me I am sorry to say it looks like a scene from a 70's disco. I can almost hear the theme tune from Shaft playing in the background LOL Sorry!!
     
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    When I put it on the RED colour setting :oops:

    Along these lines, I've now also convinced myself that my kitchen indoors would look so much better fitted with this type of lighting too (y)
     
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    So can I, one all time great theme tune.

     
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    Did similar ,but non LED ,back in the 60s early 70s in a old Bedford bus
    Large bed across the back area . known as the passion wagon :)

    And love marmite
     
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    Don't see the point unless you are a 16 year old kid, most of the time spent inside the van is either cooking & eating or sleeping, and that lighting would go with nither.
     
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    And on the same lines, why do kids buy jeans that are slashed at the knee. My granddaughters tire of me saying "Granny could stitch those up for you".
     
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    Why am I expecting a fish to swim by.........:)
     
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    Hmmm... You've just given me an idea for my next project :LOL:
     
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    Thought I'd provide a little update on this as it's been about six months since I installed this mod.

    Well, it's still a great feature, a great gimmick and a good talking point, but the reality is that of the 16 million colours I have to choose from, I tend to only use white :rolleyes:

    Or if it's chilly out then I'll switch to a warmer looking amber shade.

    The other colours, while looking great, aren't actually that useful. The dark blues and dark purples look amazing but are too dim to read with. The greens just play tricks on my eyes. And the red shades see all manner of strange folk knocking on my door for some reason :whistle:

    The dimmer features get used a lot, that's really handy (y)

    So in summary, a fun gadget, but I think next time round I might just install some warm-white led strips for a soft evening glow and I'll stick with the cool-white leds that I've fitted in all my ceiling lights for actually seeing with lol :D
     
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    I have fitted them around the van And I like that you have done the main lights to. I think I will try that. And I love marmite.
     
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