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The use of table lights at tournaments is optional, at the discretion of 
the tournament director. Some tournaments (the JMU regional, for 
example) will use them to complement room lighting. You'll have a chance 
to check lighting conditions prior to the start of each tournament.

Ralph

On 8/24/12 10:04 AM, Rick Fontanilla wrote:
>
> This was an old design.
>
> Based on experience at tournaments, the last 3 years, they rely on the 
> overhead lighting in the room, in a school gym or cafeteria.  It would 
> be good to be able to control the lighting when using the light 
> sensors, but you never know what the tournament location will provide.
>
> For your practice testing at home, just make sure you use a well lit 
> room with overhead lighting, if possible.  Avoid direct lights like 
> spot lights or desk lamps.
>
> Cheers
>
> Rick Fontanilla
>
> Team Ro-Bricks and SuperComputers
>
> On 2012-08-24 09:46, Joseph Trombo wrote:
>
>> Sometime over the Summer, the official table building instructions 
>> were updated. I know because I printed them out for a shopping trip 
>> to Home Depot, then lost the instructions before beginning 
>> construction, and saw that they were different when I printed them 
>> out a second time. The webpage is 
>> http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/teamresources, there is an 
>> Adobe file "Official table building instructions" in the Preparation 
>> block. Is also says to align the mat with the South table wall, and 
>> have even gaps on the East and West sides.
>> Nothing about a lamp, though.
>> Hope this helps.
>> Amy
>>
>> --- On *Fri, 8/24/12, Haydee Cooper //* wrote:
>>
>>
>>     From: Haydee Cooper
>>     Subject: [VADCFLL-L] table design question
>>     To: [log in to unmask]
>>     Date: Friday, August 24, 2012, 9:35 AM
>>
>>     Thank you to everyone who has responded to my earlier questions
>>     (I hesitate to answer individually for fear of cluttering your
>>     mailboxes).
>>     A family in our neighborhood whose children have outgrown FLL
>>     very kindly gave us their FLL table. It came with an additional
>>     L-shaped arm that you're supposed to nail in the middle of one of
>>     the sideboards and that would hang over the board to attach a
>>     shop light on. They said that this is because the lighting needs
>>     to be well-controlled in order not to confuse the robot's sensors.
>>     This "light post" is not included in the current table design
>>     instructions on the FLL website. I'm wondering whether it's an
>>     artifact from the earlier generation of Mindstorms and is no
>>     longer needed?
>>     Thank you,
>>     Haydee
>>
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-- 
Ralph F Grove, Ph.D.
Professor
James Madison University Department of Computer Science


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