RGBSP Vista 5 Board, retail $100.00 (www.rgbsunset.com...)
Manufactured by RGB Sunset Productions (www.rgbsunset.com)
Last updated 12-11-09

This is a very unique lighting device (the manufacturer prefers to call it an "RGB lighting appliance") that contains 50 high-flux "spider" LEDs (20 red, 15 green, 15 blue); these can be programmed with a universal remote control to perform all kinds of tricks.

It is bright enough to be used as mood lighting even in good sized rooms; it is too bright to use as a nightlight however - but for its intended purpose, this will *NOT* pose a problem.


To use this amazing piece of engineering, plug the small plug on the smaller of the two cables on the power supply into the receptacle for it at the left rear of the board. Plug the other plug from the power supply into any three-slot standard (in North America anyway) 110 to 130 volts AC 60Hz receptacle.

Aim the remote control toward the lower front right of the unit, and start pushing buttons.
I don't yet know the functions (something's wrong); that's why this section is relatively bare.
To help "fill in the blanks", here are a couple of screens snipped from the instructional file:

Here's a brief explanation of what the buttons on the remote control are for.

Instruction manual in .PDF format; 720,408 bytes (~708K).

Because this product is intended to be line-powered (using a power supply that outputs 12 volts AC!!!), I do not have to tell you what kind of batteries it needs or which part to kick into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids.

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

This product is meant to be installed someplace and then not {vulgar term for having had intercourse} with, not a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't hit it against the concrete floor of a patio, throw it in the toliet, stomp on it, throw it against a wall, run over it with a 400lb electric wheelchair, let my housemate's cats take a leak on it, sit on it really hard, or subject it to any other potentially destructive tests that a regular flashlight might be subject to. So this section of the web page will appear SIGNIFICANTLY more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

I have not yet gotten the test unit to function properly with the remote control, so the "How To Use It" section above will be mainly empty too.

It would appear that the test unit is malfunctioning in some manner; until I figure out what's wrong, no additional information will be posted on this web page, nor will a rating be assigned. The diagnostic equipment that was later furnished also failed to turn up a problem, so I honestly don't know exactly *WHAT* is going on here.

At the present time (11-10-06), the RGBSPCHIP5 RGB Lighting Appliance is for sale now, and the newer USB based devices will be available soon.

Photograph of the unit, displaying red & blue.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the red LEDs in this light.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the green LEDs in this light.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the blue LEDs in this light.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the all three LED colors on simultaneously (at the same time) in this light.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L. WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the product with the cover on.
This clip is approximately 2.5 megabytes (2,737,992 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than fifteen minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the product with the cover off.
This clip is approximately 5.0 megabytes (5,269,366 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than thirty minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide them in other formats, so please do not ask.

Test unit was sent by P.P. of RGB Sunset Productions, and was received on 12-27-05.

The long delay in evaluating this product was in large part caused by my move from Seattle WA. USA to Sacramento CA. USA in late-May 2006; the product (boxed up) was placed where I did not see it, and you know the old saying, "out of sight, out of mind, it was yours, but now it's mine"......o wait!!! There I go thinking about the heavy metal band Anthrax again!!!

The version of the board being reviewed is now obselete. Because of the problems Philip had with the PCB manufacturer he was going to have to make a new production run anyway.....He's taken the opportunity to make a few improvements...so he's now calling these boards Market Evaulation Prototypes for a reduced price, production boards are currently being made. The basic layout and functions, certainly the same firmware, will remain the same....after all he has to fit the same thing into the flash new housings.....

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    MANUFACTURER: RGB Sunset Productions
    PRODUCT TYPE: RGB LED lighting appliance
    LAMP TYPE: High-flux ("spider") LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 50 (20 red, 15 green, 15 blue)
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Milky plastic semicylinder protects LEDs
    BATTERY: N/A (12 volts AC via power supply)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    ACCESSORIES: Remote control, power supply unit
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Because this is a prototype and is now obsolete, the conventional "star" rating will not be applied.

RGBSP Vista 5 Board * www.rgbsunset.com...

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