Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Eagle Light Box
Re: Eagle Light Box
Sat, 31 Oct 1998 16:49:58 -0700
My wife and I built one and here is how we did it.
A box with molding on the front so the front Plexiglas (I think
this was sky light plastic, it is about one quarter of an inch
thick) could be pulled up and out to change the light bulbs.
The Plexiglas was white in color so there was one less color
that we needed to paint and the area outside the badge would not
distract from the badge (we did not paint this a dark color to
prevent it from lighting up, it was not necessary.) We used 15
Watt Bulbs in most places so they would not generate too much
heat and they would only light up that portion of the Eagle
Scout Badge we wanted to light up. The thick plastic prevented
the light from appearing, except in the immediate area of the
bulb. This eliminated the need to divide the area behind the
painted badge so only certain parts of the badge would light up
when the light was turned on.
The box was made from scrape wood, the Plexiglas we purchased.
We used light sockets from an old chandelier that someone had
put on the curb, the others we purchased. I had a spool of
electrical wire for replacing old cords, etc. We used that for
the wiring. All the bulbs were wired independently and then
jointed in a junction box. A switch was installed on each cord
before it reach the junction box. I made a VERY long cord from
the junction box to run to an outlet. (I hate forgetting an
extension cord, this eliminated the need.)
The box is about 2.5 feet high and about 1.5 feet wide. There
was one bulb behind each color of the ribbon. Two bulbs behind
the scroll, and three bulbs behind the Eagle.
To paint the badge on the Plexiglas, my wife used stained glass
paint. At the time they also had a gray paint that was very
thick and was used to paint the lines between the colors so what
you painted looked like a stained glass window. We had to
purchase this paint.
What would I do different. Install a fan. Even with 15 watt
bulbs, there is still a lot of heat generated. If you put the
bulbs too close to the Plexiglas, they will burn the plastic and
paint. If you put them too far away, no one will be able to
notice that the area had been lit. I would also install some
kind of latch or removable molding to keep the top of the
plastic from warping out. I would only do this if a fan was
installed, on this box, the open space serves as a hot air
escape. If I made the box bigger and had money to spend on it
(at the time we built this I was in graduate school and a good
part of our budget was coming from student loans) I might
consider using fluorescent bulbs.
I hope that gives you some ideas.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Legacy Systems Analyst, Anteon Corporation
Catalina Council Advancement Chairman
Instructor Trainer for Water Safety, Southern Arizona Chapter,
American Red Cross
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Sent: Friday, October 30, 1998 3:09 PM
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Subject: Eagle Light Box