March 18, 2016   |   2min read

Make your own PIXIE. Cover parts and installation

Last post got us ready with all hardware parts. Today, we can move forward to install PIXIE into our work space. To get to this point we’re going to produce central a unit case to cover its hardware parts, status light covers to create nice twilight effect and sticky labels to tag all devices.

Central Unit Case

Let’s have a closer look on how to prepare the polypropylene case mesh and PIXIE’s central unit hardware. You need to make sure all folding lines works well and you’re able to fold them easily. If not you can engrave them deeper using ruler and knife but beware of not cutting it too deep.


Take the central unit hardware and put the USB module through the rectangular opening, fold all sides of the case and connect them by hooking the locks. If you’ve done it properly opposite small opening should meet Photon’s micro-USB sockets.

Status Lights Covers

To create the covers, you will nees scissors, foam tape, black paper, polypropylene circles and the reclosable fastener tape.


Let’s start with the first layer of foam tape. Stick strips of tape tight on the board on the side without LEDs.


Cut the excess tape with scissors by follow the circle shape of the board, remove protective foil and stick black paper (it’s going to prevent the LEDs from light through cover)


And again cut the excess paper and add another layer of tape. (I recommend cutting the excess material every new layer instead of all layers at once because that way it’s easier to get a smooth edge.)


Cut excess tape with scissors, remove protective foil and stick polypropylene circle. Light-mount_1

To produce the montage component cut 3.5 cm of reclosable fastener tape, then cut it in half (along the longer edge) and cut out two corners (like on picture on the middle) of both pieces. Stick them to LED board on both sides of the cable.

Our first light is done and we can proceed to produce 3 remaining lights in exactly same way.


You may use this template to tailor PIXIE to your precise needs by replacing example icons to suit your project structure. After that you have printed the template on self adhesive transparent film (A4) without changing proportions or size (so 1:1), cut all stickers and put them on devices. Stickers help describe the purpose of every light (eg. backend, frontend status…) but you can also just tag the lights using permanent marker (easily removable using alcohol) or leave it clear. Pixie Stickers


Using last uncut USB Cable you can connect the central unit to the charger.Then hang all PIXIE devices on the wall using reclosable fasteners. All PIXIE elements already have fasteners on their backs so we just need to stick small pieces (1 x 2.5 cm, horizontally) of fastener tape on desirable spots on the wall. This solution gives you the freedom to choose between different light combinations without destroying the wall. We can also take off unnecessary indicators or add more (up to 4) if needed.

Next and last step to have your PIXIE Up and running will be the coding part. To be continued

Gosia Fiedorow

UI Designer

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