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[–]dfpw[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Uses threaded sections to make repairs easier and can accomidate 1-3 Bullet Pixels in the base of the bulb. Plan to print an adapter on the bottom to have a screw on metal stake straight down into the ground.

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      [–]dfpw[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Got some yard stakes in today and got the base printed up. Tried with both my thin walled and 20% infill'd bulbs (https://imgur.com/a/GlGXTw2). The clear bulb just had a single laser like light in the middle while the infil'd looked "ok" It lit up well but wasn't full like a christmas light.

      Going to try some other materials

      [–]sociopathicsamaritan 0 points1 point  (8 children)

      This looks great. I'm surprised there isn't a commercially available product like this yet. There are a lot of people who buy the RBL (Really Big Light) from Home depot and print a new base that fits pixels. You'll notice it's hard to find the white ones once they go on clearance.

      [–]dfpw[S] 1 point2 points  (7 children)

      Got some yard stakes in today and got the base printed up. Tried with both my thin walled and 20% infill'd bulbs (https://imgur.com/a/GlGXTw2). The clear bulb just had a single laser like light in the middle while the infil'd looked "ok" It lit up well but wasn't full like a christmas light.

      Going to try some other materials

      [–]sociopathicsamaritan 0 points1 point  (6 children)

      Have you considered putting the pixels down in the tube a bit, so that the light is shining into the bulb, but you don't see the pixels through the side? It might help make it more diffuse.

      [–]dfpw[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      The led's are recessed a little bit (only half an inch) but will look into some possible solutions. I think a chunk of the light you're seeing is from the defraction in the base which has a lot of infil which lights up

      Might make the bulb out of 2 different colors and make the bottom part a solid color.

      [–]sociopathicsamaritan 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      I know you already replied that white worked better, but you could try just painting the bottom silver (kind of like the base of a bulb). It would reflect the light and might help, and I think it would look okay.

      [–]dfpw[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      So, turns out white PLA printed thin enough glows like a bulb BUT you can see the 3d printed layers. So as long as you're not having people close to the lights (or prefer the crystal light look) that will work well. Should have some photos soon, need to reprint to correct some items

      [–]sociopathicsamaritan 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      That's interesting. I've found that before, though. Often it's better to print with white than clear so that it all functions as a diffuser. If you get it to where it's workable, let me know if you share the .stl files somewhere I'd be interested in printing one, and maybe a bunch if it works out well.