The idea of attaching lights to a kite is not new, however I wanted to put together a simple package that could be easily made from simple electronic components, attached and detached from any kite quickly and easily (with no alterations to the kite) and be reasonably light weight.
This is my first revision of the design, and there are sure to be improvements made along the way. So far, they seem to be pretty effective, and robust. If the kite avoids slamming into the ground or other objects, the lights seem to stay put even in strong winds. If the kite slams into the ground in high wind, its a safe bet that the magnets may detach.
I attempted to shoot some video while flying it, however my point and shoot camera doesn't take very good video. I think the long exposure photos turned out great though, and I had a bunch of fun trying different things with it. Eventually I would like to make some RGB models with a slow color fade - I think it would make for some really neat photos (rainbow color cycling exposure trails)
If you have any suggestions, or if you have any questions, please send me a message or leave a comment. Thanks for checking out my project, and hope you give it a try sometime.
Step 1: Materials
LED(s) (preferably ones that operate around 3v)
Coin Cell Battery Holder (one that fits the batteries you intend to use)
Coin Cell Battery (I used CR2032's)
Wire (short scraps are all you need)
Magnets (relatively strong ones)
Ideally you will want everything to be relatively light weight, so small components are preferable
Step 2: Arrange the Components
Step 3: Solder
Step 4: Magnets
Step 5: Test 'em Out
Step 6: Attach 'em to the Kite
Step 7: Paint the Night With Light!
Its not much more difficult flying a well light kite at night vs flying in day light, but the effect is very cool, and somewhat mesmerizing. The long exposure photos look really cool in my opinion, and overall its a fun experience.
Out where I live, windy nights are somewhat of a rare occasion. If you live near a beach, or large body of water, you'll likely have an easier time finding the right conditions to use them.
I tried to capture some of the effect in a video, but unfortunately my efforts were somewhat unsuccessful. I apologize for the less-than stellar clips. I can however promise that it is a lot of fun and definitely worth a try.
Step 8: Fly Safe!
On Easter, we had a bunch of cousins and family over - unattended kids have a habit of doing things you warn them against, and the next thing you know you are setting an even Better example 50 feet up in a tree retrieving one of your expensive kites..... such is life
Thanks for reading :)