Project: Hardscape Lighting Diffusers
Designed this set of 3 custom decorative light diffuser panels and bracketry for the lighted recesses in the stone bench segment of a koi pond wall at a residential garden.
In this post: Renderings and Fabrication Prints [PDF] of stylized “Carp & Kelp” lighting baffles, made of 11ga mild steel plate.
If I had to do it again, I would’ve used a “prettier” fastener on the outside. A square-necked carriage bolt wouldn’t work, since the fastener needs to be turned from the outside to clamp the plate against the wall, but something that looks nicer than a hex head bolt could probably have been thought up if time permitted.
Off the top of my head: could probably just have welded a couple clips on the back of the plates, and they’d hook in slots in the L-brackets, covering all fasteners.
Would love to give credit… Notice on the slideshow there’s a couple graphics I found on Google Images for inspiration. I didn’t find any author information to attribute, but thanks for the great visuals, whoever you are.
Are of PhotoView360. It took some doing to get the ambient and point lighting right, but I’m happy with the results now.
Tip: See screenshots in slider to see how I located the point lights, which I think the trick is:
- Make 3D sketches from the origin to having the end point of a line exactly where you want your point light.
- Dimension the 3D sketch. Now you’ll know the dimensions to plug into the coordinates menu.
- Locate the red dot (point light location) in relation to the origin of model either in Spherical or Cartesian coordinates.
- Clicking on your 3D sketch point may help dial in the coordinate, or at least be a visual guide.
- Check: “Lock to model”.
Was made in SolidWorks to be multipurpose & versatile. It served for fabrication, finishing, and was then given to the landscaping crew as installation instructions.