@Cineruss Dave's little Christmas lamps can usually be dimmed using a normal house-hold dimmer OR a stage dimmer, often with a dummy load added in either case. Amier's rope lights are often more durable, and can withstand light, occasional foot traffic, but are usually more costly. Christmas lights are available pre Christmas but the time to purchase is post Christmas, when they're often 50% off.Does anyone know of a good way to provide path lights backstage that can go along a wall? And I do mean low cost.
@Cineruss and @Amiers Two more thoughts: Assuming you're dealing with a box set with flats OR even if a black velour traveller or drop with a cross-over path U/S; you may consider a sharply focused ellipsoidal in the wings on each side, shooting across your path from a high angle (high enough to be out of the eyes of performers, minions and passing prop's pixies) with sharply focused side shutters and donuts in a color frame to contain side spill from being seen through fabric, or seams in flats, by patrons.Rope light isn’t meant to illuminate it’s meant to say this is the path you can walk.
If you want actual lights, you could buy some generic clip lights and an E String ac cable and daisy chain across the wall as far as you need. Then throw whatever color wattage you want back there.
Look like I will take this approach since the aisles in this place are crazy...I didn't design it; just trying to make it safer. They currently are using rope lights in the wrong place and it appears to be more of a distraction than a help. Sometimes I feel like I am some mission from a higher source doing this :-(. Sorry just venting.Ron's christmas lights -as in white leds - attached to wall will do better than the rope light to illuminate the floor and any obstructions and trip hazards.
good idea. That is exactly what these rope lights are doing now..lighting my eyeballs. So need something to reflect down and not in eyesAny walk lighting that's on a wall needs to have something over it; it needs to only light *the ground*, not your eyeballs.
That could be 1" quarter-round molding, flat side down, frex.
Ron's Christmas lights? How far back are we referring to? ( Possibly the strings guiding the three wise guys to the manger?? )Ron's Christmas lights -as in white leds - attached to wall will do better than the rope light to illuminate the floor and any obstructions and trip hazards.
@Cineruss Feel free to VENT away; none of us here have ever experienced any feelings akin to introducing light to the dark spaces inherent in many amateur skulls. (As if! KNOW when you're being ragged mercilessly.)Look like I will take this approach since the aisles in this place are crazy...I didn't design it; just trying to make it safer. They currently are using rope lights in the wrong place and it appears to be more of a distraction than a help. Sometimes I feel like I am some mission from a higher source doing this :-(. Sorry just venting.
Thanks looks good. Yes I will have to go cheap because they definitely do not have money and also there is quiet a run that needs to be made with these lights backstage.I was going to suggest drip edge - a roofing product that is light weight, relatively inexpensive, and basically a sheet metal "angle" (rotate image -90 degrees)
A (very) poor man's version of this: http://www.tivolilighting.com/fantasma-wall-continuous.html Anchor to wall with drill, plastic anchors, and screws, and bend a little more. Try to figure out "hook" that you might hold on with same screw to attach light to, like a picture hook or an "eye" for wire ties or even the wire ties with screw hole.
Sounds like a dealLooks like the lights are available on Amazon for 25-30 cents/ft; drip edge at 35-45 cents/ft. With hardware, etc, easily under $1/ft it seems - plus labor. Not bad.
Now if you can only figure out how to turn off the chase/twinkle/etc that seems to be a part of all Christmas lights today....