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Frame with LED lighting installed

Discussion in 'Picture Frame Design' started by a few more words, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. a few more words

    a few more words True Grumbler

    Here's a frame we did up which incorporated the use of LED lights. Its overall size is 1100 x 800mm,using NR Glass. It is on display in a doctor's surgery waiting room.....the instruments were used by the doctor's father who had was a GP back in the 1880's / 1890's
    doctor instruments.jpg

    The stetascope on the left and the large syringe are secured with ss wire , the centre ear inspection kit is held in place with a clear perspex sheet and posts so that the box can remain open, and we also used a perspex strip to retain part of the blood pressure instrument on the right. The frame is secured on the wall with a french cleat and the power cable is fed thru the wall behind.
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  2. blackiris

    blackiris SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God


    What kind of light did you use? Do you have a picture? I need to do this! :D
  3. ArmyFramer

    ArmyFramer MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Nice, looks great.
  4. Bill C

    Bill C CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Very, very Nice!:thumbsup:
  5. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    Very nice....

    Now for a wee bit of fun........

    Just how old is that doc? Is there something in the water (or whiskey) over there in the emerald isles that promotes longevity?

    I figure that papaDoc must have been born no later than 1860 to have been a GP in the 1880s and even if he had sonDoc when he was 60, son Doc would be at least 90 now..................and he is still practicing? Maybe it was GrandPaDoc?
  6. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    What a beautiful way to present those historical items! Subtle, very subtle!!!
  7. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    You can use white Christmas light strings............. although they might be a tad harder to get this time of year. They come AC as well as battery operated, the controller can be set to continuous being on vs twinkling.

    The pure white (5300k) are the hardest to find.
  8. a few more words

    a few more words True Grumbler

    Ok .....Looks like I got the maths wrong........papaDoc must have been born in the 1880's !!

  9. Pangolin

    Pangolin SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    That's Awesome!

    With LED lights available in so many forms now, I'm thinking there might be more lighted projects on horizon for all of us... time to do mockups for the dsplay walls?
  10. kuluchicken

    kuluchicken MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    A stunning piece, thank you for sharing!:thumbsup:
  11. Gilder

    Gilder MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Wow, thanks for sharing.
  12. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    For anyone who's a bit handy with low voltage wiring and a soldering iron, it's pretty easy to take apart and use the many and varied LED flashlights, puck lights, etc. that are available nowadays. Since LEDs use relatively little power, the batteries last a lot longer than they used to with filament type bulbs, and you get a lot more light per volt.
    :cool: Rick
  13. a few more words

    a few more words True Grumbler

    LED Lighting within the frame - pics when assembling

    I just came across some pics I had taken when we were putting this frame together.
    We used 2 different LED arrays, which we had at hand.
    Youll see a long flexible set across the top - this is like a rubber rope , containing the string of LED's - these gave a bright light.
    The other consisted of a set of four rigid strips , wiring from mini junction box - these 4 strips were placed adjacent to the main openings to give additional light. They gave a much warmer light. All were affixed with plastic cable ties.

    Attached Files:

  14. Kirstie

    Kirstie PFG, Picture Framing God

    Very impressive, and a nice clean design to showcase the antique instruments.
  15. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Thanks for showing the progress photos. This is a great example of a project using (as I think Jim calls them) sub-assemblies for showcasing individual items within an overall display. I would enjoy seeing an article in PFM about this project, talking about the materials and techniques used, and discussing the issues of safety, heat buildup, etc. that come into play with internally lighted frames.

    Again, great job on this.
    :thumbsup: Rick
  16. gkrose

    gkrose Grumbler in Training


    Would there be an issue with the lights overheating? Overall this seems like a great Idea and I would love to give something like this a shot! What are your thoughts of using Rice Lights?
  17. Jeannie Franklin CPF

    Jeannie Franklin CPF CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Very , very well done.
  18. a few more words

    a few more words True Grumbler

    LED Frame Lighting - a simple layout

    pict 2.jpg

    We did up another LED lit framing job last week. We will be attending a trade stand in September at our national "ploughing competition" in September , so we did up this frame for a launch / press release last week. Overall it depicts an overview / history of this competition since it began 81 years ago......consists of 2 x A4 text sheets / 1 photo of "horse" ploughing along with an old horse shoe and an old point of a plough. ( These were heavily rusted so we had them shot-blasted and powder-coated with a transparent sealing layer.)
    We plan on having it on display at our stand during the 3 days of the competition
    This one was more straightforward, as we had only to use one of the light strings. I have attached a few photos to show the layout.

    Overall , the job consists of
    1> Deep rebate wood frame
    2>NR Glass
    3>Mat / Mount with photo & text panels attached

    pict 7.jpg
    4> 1/4" - 6mm slip of 2" depth ( slip used is painted black , but could be raw or anything else of this depth to give support / spacing to match the depth of the 2 cove boxes containing objects. )
    5> MDF Backboard with 2 cove boxes (2" deep) , positioned to align with mat / mount openings , glued on to backboard with PVA ( the cove boxes are substantially larger than the corresponding mat / mount openings so that the lighting remains concealed.

    pict 4.jpg

    pict 5.jpg
    6>LED lighting string with 12v power supply.....all attached with cable ties.

    pict 6.jpg

    Many Thanks
  19. Diane Morris

    Diane Morris Grumbler in Training

    Glad to see this posting, comments and pictures. I have two large, 3'x5', projects to do. Each involves mounting and lighting a celebrity's dress. I checked out these led strip lights, http://shop.ledwholesalers.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=39_81_97&product_id=80 and wondered what you thought about them? I'm not secure in my knowledge of them to know if they would be the right thing to use, etc.... I also wondered about heat build up, although they would only be on for 15 minutes at a time. Thanks for any advice you can send my way!
  20. Bob Doyle

    Bob Doyle SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Old thread but it was great taking a walk down memory lane and see what we did "back then" for LEDs.

    led wholesalers are great, their lights are super bright, easy to work with.

    I got my hands on some led strip lights from Amazon. I have a 165 foot long string with 500+ lights on it and another one that is 33 feet long and has over 100 lights on it. They were really quite inexpensive and had a lot of color options as well as dimming features.

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