Triggered Drum Light: Research and Purchasing

February 26th, 2010 Posted in Triggered Drum Light

Kenney and I have been kicking around the idea of setting up a light system in his kick drum for a while now, with the original idea being that we could mount an LED panel in the kick drum and run a DMX line off of Arkaos and control the light from there.  He’s using a drum trigger pedal, so the actual kick drum housing would be just for show.

Unfortunately, my calculations based on the throw distance and the angles on the available LED panels meant that this wasn’t going to be a doable project, as the light wouldn’t fill the entire face of the drum, nevermind the cost of the LED panel and a DMX controller.

I got the idea that I could maybe just use a single high-power LED or a series of lower powered LEDs in the drum, and along with a piezo trigger, run a lower-tech version of what we wanted, at a fraction of the price.

Rather than planning everything out on my own, I began scouring the net to see if someone else had already done this, and sure enough, I found a guy that had done this, and even had provided a schematic to a novice like myself (you need to create an account to view the schematic).

The hardest part to find was the 3W Luxeon III LED, but luckily I was able to pick it up from allelectronics.com for $5.  While I was at it I grabbed the rest of the parts I needed from either there or from Mouser.com.

Now I just need to wait for the parts to arrive.

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