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How to Design and Build a DIY LED Backlit Bar

How do you design and build a DIY LED backlit bar?


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LED BARS - HOW TO DIY DESIGN AND BUILD

Recognize the concept in this photo? One of the top questions I’m asked is how to design and build an LED backlit bar. PeopleIMAGE OF LED BACKLIT BAR are fascinated by commercial lighting – especially when it comes to backlighting a bar front. Backlit bars create major “WOW-factor” and therefore the design concepts for doing this are tightly-held – until now!!

  1. The first thing to know about LED backlit bar design is that it can be retrofitted to nearly any existing bar. The critical design criteria are as follows:Lighting Mounting tracks – as shown in this architectural drawing and in this photo, the tracks are mounted continuously along the top and bottom edges of the curtain wall and provide a simple method of installing the LED lighting; the KLUS B4023 LED angular extrusion, shown here, is also available through SuperBrightLED.com; for those who are creative, a ¾” x ¾” PVC strip will do the same job at a fraction of the cost.

  2. RGB LED strip lighting – as shown in this photo, such as this model by SuperBrightLED.com; the lighting is installed continuously along the top and bottom edges of the curtain wall. The lighting should contain 30 SMD LED’s per meter.

  3. Lighting controls – controllers, power supplies and miscellaneous cables will cost about $200, depending on the given application and are also available at SuperBrightLED.com

  4. Translucent curtain wall – as shown in this plan, this is the main ingredient of “the secret sauce” that makes the lightingLED BAR SECTION effective; the best value solution are the “LUMI-ONYX” panels offered by Lumigraf, which consist of makrolon sheets laminated with thin layers of translucent film, designed to evenly disperse the light; I recommend 3/8” thick panels for all bar fronts.

  5. Curtain wall mounting angles – as shown in this plan, the curtain wall is mounted to a simple ½” x ½” x 1/16” anodized aluminum angle, mounted continuously along its top and bottom edges. Mount the angles so there is 2” of clearance to the inside face of the curtain wall.

  6. Mounting tape – hands-down, the best solution for installing the curtain wall to the mounting angles is to use 3M VHB 4950 double-faced tape, 1/2” wide.

  7. Caulk – apply clear silicone caulk to all vertical butt joints.

Lastly, the curtain wall should sit about 7” above the finished floor. For bars with solid foot rests, simply install the bottom mounting angle to the top of the foot rest. For bars without a foot rest, install a 7” x 2” toe kick before proceeding.

So how much does it cost to build an LED backlit bar? Here’s a cost summary of all the above hardware necessary to build your own LED backlit bar:

BUDGET COST SUMMARY FOR AN LED BACKLIT BAR

ITEM DESCRIPTION WHERE TO BUY COST (USD)
   LIGHTING MOUNTING TRACKS KLUS 45ALU SUPERBRIGHTLEDS.COM $12.00/LINEAL FOOT
RGB LED LIGHTING 5050 LED @ 900 LUMENS/M SUPERBRIGHTLEDS.COM 20.00/LINEAL FOOT
LIGHTING CONTROLS SEE ABOVE SUPERBRIGHTLEDS.COM 200.00/LOT
TRANSLUCENT CURTAIN WALL 3/8” LUMI-ONYX LUMIGRAF 30.00/SQUARE FOOT
MOUNTING ANGLES ½” x ½” x 1/16” ALUM. AMAZON 5.00/LINEAL FOOT
MOUNTING TAPE 3M VHB 4950 ½” x 36 YDS. U-LINE 79.00/ROLL
CAULK CLEAR SILICONE, 10.1 OZ. HOME DEPOT 6.00/TUBE

(                                  budget pricing current as of the posting date of this article)

TODAY’S TAKEAWAY:
The best RGB LED lighting for backlighting bars is a 5050 waterproof strip with 30 SMD LED’s per meter, rated at 900 lumens and 7.2 watts.

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DOWNLOADS FOR THIS POST:

LED BAR SECTION:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/858vn9gb1phg6r7/LED%20BAR%20SECTION.jpg?dl=0

BUDGET COST SUMMARY FOR A DIY LED BACKLIT BAR:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/si9uhin74qz70an/BUDGET%20COST%20SUMMARY%20FOR%20A%20DIY%20LED%20BACKLIT%20BAR.pdf?dl=0

KLUS LED MOUNTING TRACKS:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1c0lpxf8i55mpjo/KLUS%20Corner%20Accent%20Aluminum%20Profile%20Housing.pdf?dl=0

LUMI-GRAF LUMI-ONYX TRANSLUCENT PANELS:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/oufks4wz02zmegz/LUMIGRAF%20%C2%BB%20Lumi-Onyx%20Panels.pdf?dl=0

POPULAR DOWNLOADS:

STANDARD BAR CLEARANCES w/ADA:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6pnjarjnonq0d7t/UNIVERSAL%20BAR%20CLEARANCES%20w_ADA.pdf?dl=0

ADA GUIDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/a5rldodql5fjq4s/ADA%20GUIDE%20FOR%20SMALL%20BUSINESSES.pdf?dl=0

BAR AND RESTAURANT SEATING GUIDELINES:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/lwni53dohpc4hbd/BAR%20AND%20RESTAURANT%20SEATING%20GUIDELINES.jpg?dl=0

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