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Old 07-03-2007, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know y'all have seen all the Sharpie mods but I did something a little different.
I used gels. Now for those of you who are not into lighting, those are the things that give you the different colors on the stage of you favorite rock concert. I went to my local music store and bought a pack for 5 bucks. Which is cheaper than a pack of Sharpies. I cut out 4 strips, one of each color and voila instant colored LED's.
Now the reason I say to use gels is, what if you feel like changing colors. Well you have to get out the denatured alcohol and hope nothing gets messed up in the process. With these just remove the tiny pieces of tape and add new color. Here is the finished product. I'll take some pics of the inside later. I did the mod first to make sure it would look ok.
I used one of each color. Green, Blue, Red, Yellow. I also put tiny pieces on the trackball led's to try to make the color more vivid. I don't think it worked as well as I would have liked on the trackball but 'c'est la vie'. I also use colorball on custom with all colors lit up.

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Added 2 pics of the inside so you can see the gel
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Old 07-03-2007, 03:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very cool! I'm too scared to mod my phone-i'd screw up some place along the line.

But if i did, I'd so do something like that--in hot pink
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Wow that's really cool. I might have to do that with mine one of these days.
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what do you mean by gel? do you have a picture of what you used? i like the mod its very cool
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what do you mean by gel? do you have a picture of what you used? i like the mod its very cool


It's the piece in front of the can that gives the light it's color.
Like a thick piece of cellophane

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In addition to what the OP mentioned, you can get a gel swatch book (most theatre lighting people own a few of these) for cheap:

http://www.stagespot.com/cgi-bin/sho...&key=GELSWATCH

You could go totally nuts tricking out your phone with the available colours in a swatch book, each swatch is probably... maybe 1" wide by 2" or 3" long.

For the curious: besides a lighting rigger using the gels in a way you'd think, costume designers use them to test gel against fabric (some gel colours can "change" a fabric colour, like how black fabric is actually deep red or deep green) and some set designers use them to proof against their paints (some paints contain chemicals which ... reflect? light differently than others).
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In addition to what the OP mentioned, you can get a gel swatch book (most theatre lighting people own a few of these) for cheap:

StageSpot.com

You could go totally nuts tricking out your phone with the available colours in a swatch book, each swatch is probably... maybe 1" wide by 2" or 3" long.

For the curious: besides a lighting rigger using the gels in a way you'd think, costume designers use them to test gel against fabric (some gel colours can "change" a fabric colour, like how black fabric is actually deep red or deep green) and some set designers use them to proof against their paints (some paints contain chemicals which ... reflect? light differently than others).
Dude I think I'm getting the swatch.
You now have me wondering what a different color on each led would look like.
That is so sweet.
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Very very very awesome mod. Thanks for the pics.
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So when you put these over the LED's how did you get the to stay on?

Might be a dumb question but kinda curious because when I rip mine apart I'm going to do this mod.
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So when you put these over the LED's how did you get the to stay on?

Might be a dumb question but kinda curious because when I rip mine apart I'm going to do this mod.
I cut little pieces scotch tape the same width of the gel. If you look at the first inside pic you can see the tape on top

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you can request a free swatch book here....

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25,000 BBF forum members/readers all request swatch books in one week....This could get interesting!
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24,999... exclude me...

No doubt, it is a cool mod.
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Great mod sahellis!
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That's really cool, I bet it would look really cool on my white pearl with the color pearl app. If I ever get the guts to disect my BB I'll be sure to do that!
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Well, I am such a skinflint sometimes, I ordered the free swatch book.

And my Pearl is getting old enough that I think I don't mind ripping apart the thing to do the mod.

I was going kayaking and surfing this weekend. Maybe not if I get distracted with this mod.

And who knows, I may break the darn thing. If I do break the Pearl, I'll know not to visit BBF for some sympathy.
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i have to agree this is a great idea, i will have to try this out as well.

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you can request a free swatch book here....

Rosco US : Filters : Swatch Book Request
Sweet, I just requested my free swatch book.

To all of you doing this mod, don't forget to post your pics.
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Here is a link to all the different types of gel colors they have. Go into the section you are interested in and at the bottom of the page you can request your free swatch book.

Rosco US : Filters

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very awesome mod, and a non permanent one too!
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