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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...)


ghpk6 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) 6 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 westfw6 years ago
A blinkie with 4-5 LEDs for 22 cents - where did you find those?
westfw (author)  Patrik6 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 westfw6 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.
NachoMahma6 years ago
. Kiteman's Law . And, yes, it looks interesting. Very West-Coast-Hippyish. LOL . What causes the movement?
Patrik6 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 Patrik6 years ago
Slower and RGB leds might look even better - dunno.