Tips for using LEDs AND some frequently asked questions answered
"Why light projects with LEDs?"
LEDs do not ever get hot. Ever. Incandescent which create light as a by product, they get hot enough to glow! LEDs to the rescue. You will not melt delicate artwork even if you leave the LEDs forever. You can even "dress up" your LED with a plastic or paper shade, or paint it, no worries of damage.
LEDs last and last!! Over 10 years: 100,000 hours!
You won't ever have to take apart your mini creation to change out the lighting.
LEDs give lots of light in a very small package, you can fit lights into your projects!
Even if the project is very small, we likely have the LED to fit.
LEDs draw very little power so you can run for a long time on a small battery,
no need for a bulky wall transformer and a wall plug to light your project.
Our LEDs are fully guaranteed for 2 years with free replacement.
And in the many years selling these, we have had to replace very few. LEDs really do last. For years!
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- This means with a 3-volt coin cell type battery like the one in our mini light kit, you can run up to 10 lights.
6 lights will run approximately 24hours per coin cell. The coin cell we use is about the size of a nickle.
- With a 9-volt battery like a Duracell
you can run 50 LEDs for 4 hours. Or run 5 lights for 26 hours per battery. You can also run solids + flashing LEDs together with no carryover flicker on the solids
- With a plug in power supply
of 1 Amp you can run 50 LEDs for 10 years.
and here is a picture of the 3 volt coin cell connection:
Cool white is sometimes called "daylight". Cool white is a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms, or diners. We also suggest using cool white when the light is shining in a window from outdoors.
3mm is the middle size. It is smaller than 5mm but bigger than the 1.8mm. Use 3mm when you need a round classic bulb shape. Popular with 1/2 scale, 1/4 scale and 1/12 scale.
1.8mm is our most popular size light for 1/2 scale, 1/4 scale and 1/144th scale. It is the light of choice for many miniaturists! The 1.8mm gives off a nice bright light and does a great job with light coverage. A very popular bulb!
- Acrylic takes down the brightness 50%
- enamel takes down the brightness 10-20 %.
- Or use a piece of shrink tube on the bulb to cut down side-light. Shrink tube can be applied directly to the bulb since the bulbs never get hot.
Generally ceilings do not get as close a look as floors do, so you can be more creative with your ceiling coating. Another benefit of gluing to the ceiling is you do not have to put a hole in the floor.
|Drill Bit Size === English      |
|Only tip of LED showing||5/64||7/64||3/16|
|Whole LED showing||5/32||1/8||13/64|
the base of the LED is square, which makes it a little tricky for round holes. When we drill the 5/32 hole we bend the stalk of the LED 90 degrees and tape it from the backside. This will keep the LED firmly in place.
Put the wire down on your workbench, put the iron on top, press down a little and then pull the wire out from underneath.
Or just glue the battery holder to the bottom of the project and tape the wires in place.
Or put your LED wires under a fake rock. Or curl wires up as a hose after painting the wires green. Or put wires under a bush or potted plant.
Remember to locate the switch in a convenient place. You can disguise the switch with a bit of something that matches the overall theme of you project. The switch can be put in a mushroom cap or small trash bin or under a plant. Or other creative ideas. switch disguised as a mushroom!
The 9 volt lights will always have a resistor under the shrink tube. If you look closely you will see the little bump
We have red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. We also have a fire kit and haunting kit.Try some other colors for interesting effects!
The chip LEDs have a green wire and a red wire. So now the green wire goes to the black on the coin holder or battery holder. And red still goes to red.
And you will need to protect your connections with shrink tube or tape, to prevent a short circuit.
when sanding, just sand to flat. Do not go near the metal you can see inside the bulb.