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EVILDAN

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My wife and I perform at a local haunt in October. It's a farm. Every year they day they'll build a stage with lighting but that hasn't happened yet. For the past two years we've used shop lights. I don't like them because they are big, clunky, and a poison to set up.

I'm looking to get a set of LED lights or even DJ LED lights to light us up.

These need to be weather proof as we do get rain, wind and sometimes snow. Yeah, I know, but we love performing our show.

Anyone have any recommendations or alternate suggestions?
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A quick search on Google revealed lots of possibilities, otherwise I have no experience to with this.

Good luck!
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What exactly did you search? 
I'll google it and look. 
Anything I searched previously was way too expensive or not suitable for outdoor use. 

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What exactly did you search? 
I'll google it and look. 
Anything I searched previously was way too expensive or not suitable for outdoor use. 



Did you ever get your stage or figure out your light situation?

If not, I may have a few ideas.

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I wound up going to Home Depot and getting two LED shop lights with stands. Total cost about $100.00. I thought we’d need filters but the straight light were fine the way they were. We also used the lowest power LED lights they had.

I initially bought the higher power and they were too strong. So I returned it and got a smaller one.

Would still be interested in your ideas though.
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I helped a friend design some lighting for some amateur filmmaking he was doing, you know, the "no-budget" kind. Anyway, we made some outdoor lights using cheap wal-mart drop lights, the kind that have a silver reflector bell and a spring clip. We made a stand from an old projector screen tripod, you know the kind they used in school where the screen rolls up and down like a window shade and your had to watch hygiene slideshows and filmstrips on them. We used L-brackets and some 1" x 1" x 2' pine boards to create four arms, two on each side of the stand. We used hose clamps to hold one leg of the L-bracket to the stand, bolts would have been stronger, but the center pole of the tripod was two pieces and could be extended and retracted and we wanted to keep that feature so two of the lights could be raised if necessary, and we used wood screws to attach the pine boards to the other legs of the L-brackets. Then we could put four lights, one on each of the arms using the light fixture's spring clamp, although if you use a longer piece of wood, you might get 8 lights on the stand, but we didn't try that. We improvised some weatherproofing once by using plastic 5 gallon buckets, we could get by with plastic because we used LED lights and so heat wasn't a problem. The buckets were just duct-taped onto the four arms with the opening of the bucket facing forward and the lights set inside. It was not pretty, but it was a solution to a last minute problem  and it fit the budget, which was absolutely nothing. If I was to do that again, I would drill holes in the bottom of the bucket for the plug to come out and silicone the opening instead of just having the cord coming back out the front. I would and attach the buckets more securely and put some clear plastic over the mouth of the bucket and hold it on with a bungee cord. Of course, the extension cord was still lying on the ground and it got wet, so it wasn't 100% safe, but the lights were protected. Oh yeah, we also used zip ties to attach a power strip to the back side of stand so we only had to run one extension cord to the stand. We put the power strip inside one of the buckets behind a light when it rained. 

I also know that they sell LED lights in strips, and you can get weatherproof strips that have a clear plastic or rubber coating over them. Some people put multiple strips on panels to make lighting fixtures, but I have never done that, but I have heard of it being done. They are run off of a power adapter that comes with the LED strips.

I hope that helps, or at least gives you some ideas on what can bedone.

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