I will be mounting two larger pieces of AR Art on the wall for the initial focus for the participant, but many more will be available in the form of postcards and business cards and a demo booklet that I am inviting people to buy for a very modest sum of £2.50, to take my art away with them and play at home!
To display the two larger Artworks though I need to source lighting for that side of my installation as it is split into two sides, the ‘reality augmented’ where my sculpture and projection mapping will take place and the ‘augmented reality’ corner where my binoculars will sit on a plinth with my printed documents and the two artworks will be sited.
I have gone down the route of LED lighting using USB power as I need the lights to be low heat output as they will be on for 7-8 hours and constantly powered rather than relying on batteries.
I found a positionable neck 5 led light stick, but needed to extend the tiny usb lead as it’s primary use is with a computer or laptop. With USB leads you do have to make sure that they are under 5 metres long, or you get reduced power output and need a repeater cable, fortunately I only needed 2 metres so was pretty sure it would be okay.
I also wanted to source a dual usb plug to reduce sockets needed and it seemed sensible as usb lights are only low volatge and masterplug do a reliable version of their plugs with the added bonus of a through socket, so I could actually power all of my plinths power needs ( 2 USB sockets and an ordinary plug socket) through this one plug – I may still need that option!
I wanted to test that this light source was bright enough and with everything plugged in there was no reduction in power actually in situ, so took all the cables into my space earlier…
So, in this picture we have the two led stick lights plugged into their own two 3 metre usb male to female extensions, plugged into the dual usb power socket of the masterplug, in the exact situation in my installation space.
I then stuck a test image onto the wall with blu-tac and attached one of the lights to the wall, to test if the light was strong enough for my phone to trigger the Aurasma content in this low light situation.
and it was…
The low light in this corner also did not spill over into the other area of my installation where my projection will be.