LED Eyes while still maintaining visibility?

I'm modding an Optimus Prime voice changer helmet for halloween. I'd like to have eyes that are lit up, but I still need to see through them. Any ideas how I could accomplish this? 

My idea is something like a car headlight. Have the LED off to the side, and have a reflective background (tinfoil?) so it lights up bright. Then have an eye hole in the middle of the background to see through. Thoughts? 

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Had an idea for you. Don't know how it will effect your night vision but it might work. I may even try it out later tonight and see if it will work.

Cut out a 1/8 thick piece of acrylic to fill the eye hole. Use your LED(s) to edge light the acrylic and supper glue some Aluminum foil to the back of the piece. Be sure to leave a cut out for viewing through. The foil on the back is to minimize the glare from the light and to help reflect it out. Ruffing the back side up with sand paper should do the trick as well.

Like i said i don't know off hand if it will still allow you to see through the eye piece but its worth looking into.
matthewordie (author)  mpilchfamily4 years ago
Yeah I've been looking into some sort of plastic I might use. I came across a spray that makes anything reflective. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztzqGXrtt78

So I might use that on a screen. And a colored piece of acrylic to color the reflection.
matthewordie (author) 4 years ago
Hmmm what about a reflective metal screen? then I can still see through the whole eye. Instead of a narrow hole.
Toga_Dan4 years ago
I'm reminded of the doctor's eye mirror, used for illuminating your throat and whatnot. Very narrow field of vision. I don't know if i'd want to navigate traffic with somethin like that. You might arrange to flip it out of the way or remove it quickly for when you really need to see well.
Goodhart4 years ago
Adding a small bit of "reflector" between the LED and the eye might help also
crapflinger4 years ago
seems like a reasonable idea...you'd want to make sure that the LED isn't pointing INTO the eye hole at any point, even if it's not that bright of a light it's going to screw up your night vision something fierce and could actually cause long term problems if you wear the thing too much.