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Published on June 30th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


DMX controlled bookcase

Andrea tipped me on this bookcase (they look like billies) modified to have 96 channels of DMX controlling many tiny red, green, blue LEDs. Click to play the video. Impressive effect.


After posting this, Timothy, the creator of this LED bookcase contacted me with details of his hack. Click here for a downloadable pdf to make your own DMX controlled LED bookcase. Also see his other LED creations on youtube.

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8 Responses to DMX controlled bookcase

  1. In the PDF, the maker describes that the cases came with backs that he didn’t use — however the backs are milky-opaque plastic (the stuff that’s used as diffuser for his lights, to be exact), rather than hardboard, so it’s not a Billy after all. However, this could be done with a Billy as well, obviously.

  2. Anonymous says:


  3. Anonymous says:

    to anonymous (July 01, 2008 5:52 PM)

    If I don’t misinterpret what I found on youtube, the song is called “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24″ performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

  4. Emma says:

    I’m glad my bookcase doesn’t do that or I’d never get any work done.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What is the song called? Thx

  6. BM says:

    Billy has a back to them… these don’t… Very cool either way

  7. bock says:

    DMX? I was expecting rap…I can see the seizures this would induce on unsuspecting guests.

  8. BCHAN says:

    this is too cool to put into words!!

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