Read these imaginary testimonials from real customers:
- "I was getting up to use the bathroom and didn't want to wake my partner, so I didn't turn on the lights. Not only were my feet cold, but I also stubbed 60% of the toes on my right foot."
- "There I was, skipping along my darkened hallways, when all of a sudden I tumbled down the stairs. Wish I'd had these..."
- "I was fighting ninjas in my pajamas, and I just couldn't see where my kicks were going."
Enough talk, let's light up some slippers!
Step 1: Tools + materials
Step 2: Wiring
The super-bright LED was placed in the plastic holder, then wire leads were soldered to each end of the LED's. Heat shrink tubing was applied at the connection point, then heated to conform snugly.
This process was repeated for each LED.
While my soldering iron was on, I used the tip to burn an opening in my scrap sheet of plastic. The plastic I used was from a salad container I found at a grocery store. The plastic sheet was cut into a thin rectangle, the exact length was determined by placing it at the toe of the slipper to determine where the LED's would be placed. Mark the locations of the LED's with a marker, then use your soldering iron to poke openings for your LED's. Don't install the LED's into the plastic sheet just yet!
After, the LED arrays were wired to the battery and then to the button switch. I've included my wiring schematic.
Step 3: Pull wires
Step 4: Mount lights + place switch
Next, the button switch and battery was positioned at the arch instep, sandwiched between the foam and fabric with the top of the button exposed for each operation. Your button location may vary depending on your feet and desire.
Step 5: Haircut and sew closed
With all the components installed and operating correctly all that's left is to sew up the openings you made earlier to secure everything in place.
Step 6: Wear and shine!
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