"And the people bowed and prayed, To the neon god they had made.."
The star screwed together.
The boards are 10' one-by-fours (3m x 2.5cm x 10cm).
The finished height is 9' (2.75m)
Here is where the star will be mounted.
Had to kill a rattlesnake during construction of the mount.
I was face down with my right arm fully extended into the post hole when I heard him...
Dead snake - closer.
My dog distracted the snake long enough for me to kill him with the posthole digger.
The star showing the mounted channel raceway
which will hold the light rope.
The LED light rope
The bulge in the power cord is the rectifier which produces the direct current needed to operate the LEDs.
Installing the light rope.
It will require 71' (21.6m) of light rope to go around the star twice. A third round was added later.
The light rope installed and plugged in.
The star mounted.
Power consumption: 64 watts.
Here's a later, improved version.
Larger - about 13' (4m) tall; more light rope added; LED "halo effect" lamps added to the tips. Power consumption: about 165 watts. This version looks striking when viewed from several hundred yards and beyond. The digital camera imperfectly captures the look.
LED "halo" lamp.
These lamps (warm white PAR20 equivalent) have their reflective lenses removed to provide wider light dispersion.
Blue ultra-brights added to inside points. The thing gets ever prettier.