Plastic Canvas use
a SPIKE 2 Speaker Light
Many people choose to leave the factory speaker foam behind the honeycomb grill areas on the
SPIKE 2 games when installing their Speaker Light Kits. This is also what I would choose to do
as long as I was not using an acrylic design that allowed light to shine through the acrylic
material. If you are using an acrylic design of that type, it is much better to remove the
foam. More details on that can be found where I discuss some ACRYLIC DESIGN MOUNTING TIPS HERE.
I then wondered if the foam, after time, may begin to sag or accidentally get pushed back away
from the inside of the grill area. The light frames were designed to support the foam as much
as possible around the edges, but only so much could be done
as I did not want the light frames to go into the honeycomb area and block the Speaker Light
Kit's light. So I started to look for other ways to support the speaker foam if need be.
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What I found was Plastic Canvas. It can be mounted behind the speaker foam (between the foam
and the speaker light frame) and it keeps the foam up against the honeycomb grill without any
worries of it sagging or getting pushed in.
The unexpected benefit of using the Plastic Canvas is that it also brightens up the middle
of the foam area by spreading the light from the light frames.
On the top area of this picture there is the Plastic Canvas behind the foam. The bottom area
is the foam by itself. It is easy to see that the Plastic Canvas does a nice job of
spreading the light and brightening up the dark area in the middle of the foam. The
Plastic Canvas can be seen behind the foam when the Speaker Light Kit is on, but I have never
heard of anyone seeing it in person and thinking it looked bad or didn't prefer the
Plastic Canvas and foam over the foam alone.
Pictures can be a bit deceiving and some colors appear to be affected more than others, but
pretty much in any case, you can see the Plastic Canvas brightening things up.
Having said that, I don't think it is always good to use the Plastic Canvas. As stated
above, just having the foam behind certain types of the acrylic designs can make them look
worse. Having the Plastic Canvas and the foam behind those type of designs makes them
look even worse. It makes the honeycomb grill pattern show up on the see
through areas of those designs, which is not a good look.
So if you are not using an acrylic design or it is an acrylic design that does not allow light
to shine through its acrylic material, I would recommend using the original speaker foam with
the Plastic Canvas behind it if you have a Standard (type 11) light kit.
With the standard light kits the dark area is just a stationary spot in the middle of the foam.
With a deluxe light kit and its more elaborate light patterns, it's as if the dark areas in the
foam is as much of the light show as the lit areas on many of the light transition patterns. So
it's not as beneficial or needed with the deluxe light kits in my opinion, but it can
still be used to spread the light better if you would like.
If you are using an acrylic design that allows light to shine through it, you would be better
off not using the original speaker foam or the Plastic Canvas behind the speaker grills with
either the type 11 or type 12 light kits.
When ordering the Plastic Canvas from me, you will get 2 sheets that are pre-cut with the
mounting holes cut in them so they are ready to be dropped in and mounted between the foam and
the Speaker Light Kit light frames.