Tuesday, December 27, 2011

EL Double Helix Lamp

Very cool EL Lamp created by new submitter, LucidMovement recently created this very cool way to make another use out of EL Wire. Check out this video for more information on it.

The inspiration behind the lamp is obviously a DNA double-helix, but what you may not know is to grow the crystals, LucidMovement built a helix-shaped growing substrate from nichrome and Electroluminescent Wire and submerged in a warm aluminum solution. As soon as crystallization occurred, it was mounted in an acrylic tube, and sealed with silicon. Pretty cool stuff!

Friday, December 16, 2011

It's Not Too Late For Stocking Stuffers

Hurry! There's still time to order your last minute Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers and more from Ellumiglow.com. Last day for guaranteed delivery before Christmas is Monday, December 19th.

Cool stocking stuffer ideas are found here.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shroom Nightclub Stepping Up The Club Lighting Game

From the creators of Disney, wait no, Pixar, oops wrong again, try The Busride Design Studio, comes a new breed of nightclub design. Shroom nightclub is a all new nightclub who's decor comes from our favorite fungus, the mushroom. Over 12,000 sqft of modern design, cool lines and amazing lighting. Our featured nightclub is sure to impress. Next time you find yourself in, well New Delhi, make sure to check out Shroom.

For the coolest Nightclub lighting, check out Ellumiglow.com

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tron Costume Contest - Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone in participating in our 2011 Tron Costume Contest. We appreciate all the feedback, support, and wonderful pictures. We may have to do this again next year when Tron 2 (or 3 depending on how you look at it) comes out. It was just too much fun! Here are a recap of this years winners, along with pictures of the entries and notables.

Grand Prize: Annette Mesa

Runner Up: Vincent Rojas

Second Runner Up: Adam Sanders (we had intended on only having one runner up, but we got way too many cool entries we had to give another prize!)

Here are a few other terrific costumes that need to be seen. Great job everyone that entered!


For more information how these costumes were able to light up, visit: Our EL Tape For Costuming Section at Ellumiglow.com

Monday, December 5, 2011

Tron Style Surfers From The Land Down Under

Credit Aquabumps
Australia. Known for is cute lovable Koala bears, Fosters (Australian for beer), and now Night Surfing. Taking the world by storm, this up and coming sport takes EL Wire and gives it an amazingly cool use. Sewed neatly along a wetsuit, along with EL Wire glued to a surfboard, this new sport gives surfers the ability to surf day or night.

The use of Waterproof EL Wire Battery Packs enable the EL Wire to be completely submerged in water, while still functioning perfectly. Disclaimer: Many EL Wire inverters and battery packs are not waterproof, so if you intend in making night surfing your new sport, make sure it's waterproof or your surf sesh will be cut short!

Thanks to a user submission (@BFunk20XX), this awesome video came across our desk.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Nightclub Lighting Basics With DJ Lasers

Pretty much the reasons people go to nightclubs is to drink, listen to music, socialize and enjoy themselves. For that reason, the process of setting up a nightclub to meet all these needs is not an easy task. By purchasing the right furniture, right lighting and have a good club sound, many needs are able be met.

Purchasing the correct lighting is one of the more daunting tasks as there are a plethora of options for the right kind of club lights. From disco balls, to LED Gobos, nightclub lighting has changed drastically over the past 10 years. Nearly all club lighting uses intelligent features, like sound activated modes, and easy plug and play capabilities for ease of use to a club owner. Knowing what to choose is one of the more difficult tasks and the easiest way to figure out what is needed is to sit down and decide what works best for your club.

Step one is to take out a sheet of paper and lay out your nightclub from a bird’s eye perspective. This will give you an idea of where to focus your main efforts. If you have a main stage, or main bar area, this is where you will focus most of your efforts. For the purpose of this article, we will focus our main efforts on the main stage, or DJ Booth.

Step two is to decide what type of atmosphere you intend on providing your patrons. Whether you are looking for hard hitting club sound, or ambient lounge atmosphere, you need to decide first off what you are providing to your soon to be happy customers. Let’s say again that you are making a nightclub that will be hosting big name DJ’s and you want a good stage setup to enhance the DJ’s performance. The number one ROI Lighting device is a Nightclub Laser. These devices are a far cry away from the old shoebox lasers from a decade ago. Today’s lasers can provide an entire room with an amazing feel with very little effort. Purchasing lights in pairs makes for great symmetry in a room and is very important to keep that lighting balance. This balance maintains proper light across the room, and also makes it easier for our eyes to adjust, which makes for a more enjoyable atmosphere. Making sure that you are purchasing a 100% USA Legal laser is THE MOST important thing while shopping for a laser system. While there are many retailers on Ebay, Amazon and Overstock, 99.9% of these lasers are not legal for use, or for sale in the USA. Using illegal lasers in your club can get you in big trouble, as well as cost you hefty fines.  Assuming you purchase a 100% Legal Laser system, the legal implications are no greater than a patron spilling a drink on another while inside your club. Many club owners think there are heavy legal ramifications by using lasers, and most are not aware how to buy legally, is why only 1/30 nightclubs incorporate lasers today.

Step three is deciding which laser to use in your club. Many times the greatest powered laser may not be the best approach. Scaling down a laser that is in line with your club’s size may be better for everyone as the light will be less obtrusive, and more beautiful to all viewers. Typically laser projectors over 1W of power are meant for outdoor lighting and are just too powerful for everyday club use. RGB Laser projectors are the best for clubs as they can provide nearly any color in the lighting spectrum. This allows you to match your clubs atmosphere or other DMX Lighting.

Step four is integration. Selecting other lights that work well with lasers are typically intelligent lights, like Gobos, LED Effect Lights, and Par Cans. In today’s club lighting schemes, if you don’t have LED Par Cans, you aren’t doing something right. These are a must have in any room, because they can fill the space nicely and provide great ambiance to a room in any color you choose via the DMX controls.

As you can see, there are a number of things to think about when planning your nightclub lighting, however when you plan accordingly your patrons will love it and will continue to come back for more.

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