Ultraluminous LED Light and Art Projects

Brian Neltner & Janet Fox

Updated July 23, 2010 with the new Light Brick System!

Table of Contents:

  1. Updates
  2. Purpose
  3. Background
  4. Theory
  5. Work to Date
  6. Media!
  7. Applications and Installations
  8. Light Brick (NEW!)
  9. Ultraluminous Illuminator UV+LED Light Fixture
  10. Design Details and Schematic Downloads
  11. Inquiries, Collaborations, and Contact
  12. About the Artists

Applications and Installations

Up until recently, I had only installed these lights in my own art gallery. However, with the advent of the Light Brick, collaboration has suddenly become a great deal easier. Ten light bricks were recently used at an installation at the "Acoustic Combustion" art camp at the Burning Man festival in 2010. The collaboration resulted in wirelessly controlled lights with 16-bit brightness resolution, combined with the use of the aubio sound analysis library for real-time analysis of music from a live D.J.

This installation was done by R.J. Ryan, Perry Hung, and myself, using my lights and power electroncis, and the "Maple" board from Leaf Labs, which uses an ARM Cortex M3 at 72MHz and a WiShield to enable wireless connectivity.

Here is one low quality video from the performance, more hopefully to follow later:

With a few photos of us during setup, and a few photos of one of our parties.


From the linked website, I think this is my favorite photo of Perry's.

And from RJ Ryan's photo album, here are a few of my favorite photos of setup and dance parties.

And here is a video made on September 10, 2010 in my room with three of the lights using the same control package.

Dedicated to the Loving Memory of Kevin "FrostByte" McCormick
LED artist, brother from another mother, and inspiration to us all.
Funded (in part) by a Director's Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT.
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