Strobe Array For Dance Parties


Check out this slick strobe array for dance parties. Controlled by a DMX512 interface, only a small modification was necessary to get the strobes working. If you’ve played with a small commercial strobe light, you’ll know there’s a potentiometer to control the strobe speed. He simply soldered a relay after the pot. This allows him to tune them to be charged and ready for when the relay is closed.

[via HackedGadgets]

34 thoughts on “Strobe Array For Dance Parties

  1. @Digital
    Nice! I thought that when I first read this lol

    Aside from pretending you’re famous and facing the paparazzi

    or that flash light that will make you throw up.

    be sweet to mount this in the ceiling or behind a frosted glass wall..

  2. a little more documentation would be nice. I am quite interested in making one of these. Fortunately, I have a few of these strobes kicking around, so imma poke their guts and see if there isn’t a better way to control the strobe than just a relay. I used three of these cheap strobes in a play and they were quite unreliable even when on a non-dimming circuit.

  3. Can someone please explain the point of a “Dance Party” to me??

    Is this where low-tier students drink/do drugs, and then just kind of “move to the music”? Or is there actually something intellectually beneficial about this activity?

  4. @Jake: wow, slither out of your study session for a minute and make a friend… or two! And I don’t mean your virtual friends on WoW/teh intertubes, but real-life physical friends – and not the kind that will just sit in a circle with you hunched over while throwing >6-sided dice all day.

  5. @Frogz: I also remember reading about a new service where you can pay girls to game with you lol

    But seriously now; On the street corners in the slums you can buy them.

  6. Check out optoisolators!

    Very cool project. I’ve often thought about trying to hack those cheap strobes.

    Years ago Guns and Roses toured with a wall of strobes that did text in them. They were probably High End Systems Dataflash strobes. Could probably replicate this.

    (The more expensive DMX strobes can do really high repetition rates, but the 700 watt one I have wants a 20 amp 110v circuit. Also, it’s not reliable in the timing as to when it will fire.)

  7. @Erik & friends
    No, I have a life, I just don’t get the “go hang out in a room and move around pointlessly” thing.

    My idea of having fun is hiking in a state park, or building/working on something with friends, or riding motorcycles… Basically, doing something meaningful with close friends and family, something that builds memories with the people that I love!

    I guess I just don’t understand people that party. The party lifestyle is meaningless and fleeting, but it seems to take kids years to figure this out. It should be simple, logic :/

  8. @M4CGYV3R
    i believe the standard way is to stick an rs485 converter onto the UART and then configuring to port to the standard protocol settings for dmx, its a fairly relaxed protocol with regard to timings

  9. ok….

    First, we make 1 big party like this per semester, and I don’t care what people smoke or drink, I just personnally enjoy making lighting devices and soundchecks…

    Now, it’s fairly easy to setup DMX, as Scopeuk said, put a SN75176 to your USART RX and you’ll find plenty of code for PIC and AVR chips for DMX handling.

    And those strobes cost me $10 each, so more like $310 with shipping and taxes over all.


  10. When I’m in a really good mood I sit in the corner and mainline a mixture of fentanyl and methamphetamine and listen to Mars Volta and cry for 7 hours. With my good friends.

  11. LOL… No wonder you didn’t use the video that showed the strobes in use at the club! Junior did that “singer” just say I thought I heard? Dad just sprayed his beer across the room.

  12. Respectfully Jake, if you need it explained it’s doubtful you’ll understand. Kinda like the person who has to have it explained to them why other folks enjoy what you do, may not understand. Like many I never lived in an either or world. Party Saturday night, get up on Sunday to do the things you mentioned.

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