IR triggered LED strobe

hey guys, im looking to build a IR triggered LED strobe. in the smallest possible size i can. it doesnt have to be from scratch so if anyone knows of a cheap trigger on a toy i could use that would be great. im looking to build an IR triggered strobe for an airsoft gun i have. the idea is to strobe an led (most likely a UV LED) every time an airsoft pellet trips the trigger. these pellets are glow in the dark so in essence i will be making my own homemade airsoft tracer system. these units are about $70 so if i could do this for free or much cheaper i would be thrilled. i know there are things out there i can use but im drawing a blank right now. i have makers block or something.

here are a couple links to YouTube vids that explain the concept and more along the lines of what it should be like. at about 1:50 in the top video theres is a good demonstration on its workings.

any part suggestions or ideas would be awesome.

Aron3134 years ago
Someone should make a whole instructable on a tracer unit