Come on baby light my "M"
June 10, 2006 6:08 PM Subscribe
Keeping with the fine, fine tradition of querying the hive mind to build a better indie theater
, I'm wondering if any mefites might be able to help me build a giant, glowing, red letter "M."
posted by bjork24 to grab bag (17 answers total)
Here's what I'm thinking: first I'll build a giant aluminum case (4' x 4') and cut a big "M" out of the front panel. Next I'll glue a semi-transparent sheet of red plastic to the inside of the front panel. The final step will be hanging the monstrosity behind a huge window that's filled with old-fashioned, wavy glass (very thick, and very light diffusing). My question is this: how do I light this sucker? Should I line the box with florescent bulbs around all 4 sides? Would incandescent lights be better? How much of an issue will heat be? Where should I leave holes for proper ventilation? Should I make the back side mirrored to make the light more uniform? The red plastic will diffuse the light, as will the thick glass it sits behind, but I want to make sure that the big red "M" glows uniformly.
And if you were wondering, the "M" stands for "Metafilter"... ;)
You can see pictures of the glass here
(sorry for the self-link). The third and fourth pictures show it the best.