After watching the latest Tron movie ... the kids were excited at the idea of being Tron (and so was i). We set about researching how to make a decent and yet still inexpensive Tron outfit. Here is how...
1 - 5m roll of LED Lights - $10-15 on ebay
1 - Roll of 22 guage wire (make sure it is not solid)
1 - Soldering iron
1 - Glue Gun
1 - Battery holder (for 8 AA's)
- Camping foam
Optional: An old Chest protector - motorcross style
Additionally you will need some patience ... soldering those little tiny contacts can take awhile.
As you can see from the photo ... they are very bright. We actually had troubles taking this picture ... no worries about where the kids were on Halloween night. Litterally they were stopping traffic. I have to admit ... the kids got a lot of RAVE reviews from people about their cool Tron costumes.
Note: we were originally going to go out with scuba suits underneath - but it was raining so badly we had to put on jackets! This weather won't stop us!! Electricity might ... but not the weather.
Step 1: Prepare Well in Advance
Prepare well in advance of Halloween ... these items are long lead - meaning they take about 30 days to arrive.
The LED roll was a good solution for the costume since it was cheap and you could cut it. Decent ability with a soldering iron comes in handy ... or at least be willing to learn. The LED roll costs about $10-15 on ebay ... get the 5m roll. You don't need super bright LED's since these were blinding people as it was. Ensure you get the self-adhesive LED roll. Also ... since it is the wet-west coast here ... I also got the waterproof roll. In hindsight - it was nice since it was pouring rain on halloween.
Yes, the LED's can be cut ... every three lights there is a line to cut at. Strip the ends with a razor knife to remove the silicon ... ensure you have bare clean metal to solder too.
Battery: you need 9V or more ... the 9V battery is good for a tester and for the identity disc since it can go on or off. The suit has a lot of lights - I recommend a battery pack with 8-AA's ... they are 1.5V each ... a good solid 12V. Lasts for 4-6 hours.
I picked up 30+ AA's at the dollar store for $3.
While you are ordering the LED strips ... it was much cheaper to buy the other electronics stuff online. I used connectors for between the legs torso and arms ... so they were removeable. I also bought some switches (to turn it on and off) and battery packs (8-AA type). Also get a roll of 22 gauge wire (not solid).