Idea: Worth writing up?

Well, here's my idea. Cost: less than $10 (hmm. not including postage.) No electronics experience required.

Does it look interesting? (my last "burning question" answer seems to have gotten less than 2000 views...)

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ghpk7 years ago
SMD's may be lil expensive,m however i get 100 Bright blue or white LED's for just $4. Looking for buying luxeon ones and the RGB one's but can't find any place for it.
westfw (author) 7 years ago
It's a bunch of cheap LED "Blinkies" under a lampshade. Each blinkie has (in this case) 4 or 5 bright red LEDs and cost $0.22 (including batteries.) Yeah, multi-color would be more interesting. The full-scale instructable would have info on replacing the normal batteries with something more standard and switchable.
Patrik westfw7 years ago
A blinkie with 4-5 LEDs for 22 cents - where did you find those?
westfw (author)  Patrik7 years ago
Extreme Glow closeouts; 100 discontinued body lights for $22. Sold for the batteries and magnets. My set were "cupids" with; I had in mind putting them inside things, so I didn't care what they looked like. There are some other attractive (smaller) closeout deals if you're inclined to fiddle with things, and even full price blinkies are about $1 each.

Patrik westfw7 years ago
Nice find!

It's pretty funny that they label them as "magnets and batteries". :-D Those must be some ugly cupids if they can't even sell them three weeks before Valentine's Day... I assume the LEDs are SMD?

The Tri-Lights seem like a nice deal as well: $6 for a pack of 30, or 20 cents for three colored LEDs.
NachoMahma7 years ago
. Kiteman's Law . And, yes, it looks interesting. Very West-Coast-Hippyish. LOL . What causes the movement?
Patrik7 years ago
Sure - what is it? If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say a bunch of red LEDs hooked up to a microprocessor... Definitely far more sophisticated than the majority of the submission so far. Plus it does look kinda cool.
Patrik Patrik7 years ago
Slower and RGB leds might look even better - dunno.