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Old 04-21-2014, 08:47 AM   #1
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Illuminated instrument panel

I've got it in my head to do a fancy instrument panel when I rebuild my galley overhead cabinets. I'd like to do my version of one of the bridge/engineering LCARS displays from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Actual useful things like the DVD player and the Blue Sea AC panel would be interspersed with "readouts" that are just glowing portions of the panel.

So I'm trying to figure out how to get LEDs mounted behind the printed acetate that will be stuck to a piece of plexiglass. I want an overall glow, but also don't want all of the wiring to cast shadows.

Anybody else try something like this? Or am I boldly going where no one has gone before?

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Old 04-21-2014, 09:06 AM   #2
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Rather than LEDs, you might consider electroluminescent paper. Electroluminescent Sheets and Panels

By the way, when you do your LCARS panel, don't forget to label a "GNDN" circuit. Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing. Every version of Star Trek has had a GNDN circuit somewhere on one of the sets, as an in-joke.

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Old 04-21-2014, 01:39 PM   #3
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I love the idea! I'm sorry that I don't have anything to offer in the way of technical support. I hope you'll keep us up to date on your progress. You might even find a market for something like this. I'm dumbfounded that AS hasn't developed some kind of super-duper monitoring system like you propose. Imagine if you could monitor and control all of your trailer's functions from one or two touch-panels mounted inside the trailer. I know that I would buy one.

Good luck!
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