up the power cord to a power strip with a switch. This
allows you to turn on the power from a safe distance until
you verify all is good. If you hooked it up right, the fans
should be spinning and all the LEDS should be lit up.
Don’t worry if the fans sound loud because they are loud;
you are moving over 400 CFM of air (Figure 23).
AttachING the LED
Now, it’s time to aim the lights and secure them to
the top. Since we’re going for a flame effect here, we
need to cut some gels. We used different shades of
orange until we got the look we wanted. Cut the gels into
little circles just smaller than the flanges; place the gel on
top of the LED spotlight; and pop the flange on to hold
the light and the gel in place (Figure 24). Now, take a
couple pieces of Velcro™ and attach the silk to it. There
should be a twist in the silk as it goes over the fans; this
helps it to fly straight up and down.
Turn on the switch and the flame should start dancing.
Keep you fingers away from the fan blades at all times!
Adjust the lights so they shine properly on the flame; it’s
best to do this in a slightly darkened room so you can see
the effect of the flame. Once you have the lights
positioned where you want them, use silicone caulking or
glue to attach the PVC Els in their proper place.
LIGHTS OUT ...
Turn off the lights, turn on the “fire,” crank up some
spooky tunes, and enjoy! Now, you’ve got your own
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FIGURE 23. Testing 1 .. 2 .. 3 .. success!! All the LEDs are lit
and the fans are spinning!
A complete Parts List for all the
different elements of this prop is
available at the article link.
How to Convert a Power Supply
Video Tutorial by Ramath Itol
Ruby Joules official website —
The Jigglewatts Burlesque
official website — www.The
You Tube Channel — gothgloom
Ruby Joule Photo Credit:
Photographer David de Lara
FIGURE 24. Putting lighting gels cut to size into the LED
lighting fixtures made out of the PVC Els.