Picture of easy LED costume
Need a quick toddler (or adult) costume?  Here's one that can be done in about 5 minutes, using common household items.

You will need:
* a solid colored shirt
* a hat (same color as shirt)
* tape (white for dark colored shirts, black for light colored shirts)
* a pair of black pants (leggings work great!)
* flashlight

Step 1: Decorate shirt

Picture of decorate shirt
Using the tape, put a diode symbol on the front of the shirt.

Step 2: Arrange pants

Picture of arrange pants
The pants represent the anode and cathode of the LED.  On most LEDs the anode is longer than the cathode.  To represent this, roll up one of the pant legs.

Step 3: Finish costume

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Final touches:
  • put on hat
  • turn on the flashlight to go from a "plain old" diode to a light emitting one!

girino2n4 years ago
Excellent !! We must to energize our childrens early!
hey dude, thats bot a LED, tats a normal diode!
ampt (author)  Emiliano Valencia4 years ago
The symbol states that she is a diode. She's carrying a flashlight. Thus, she's a "light emitting diode." Or at least that was my goal... :) (It's also easier to make the "normal" diode symbol out of tape)
janw4 years ago
Cute costume for a little geekling!
ylpihs4 years ago
Fantastic. Really like it. Thanks
That is a dark emitting diode symbol. :-)

The Light Emitting Diode would have the two squiggly arrows to visually indicate the emission.

I am glad you said this though: "On most LEDs the anode is longer than the cathode." Many people think it is a standard and always that way. I usually have to prove that this isn't true. Good to point out this fact.
ampt (author)  indestructable4 years ago
Actually, I intentionally used the "plain" diode symbol. It was intended as a play on words. You look at her and think "diode" and then she turns on the flashlight (a favorite hobby of hers) to get the "light emitting" part. (I didn't need the squiggles to indicate light emission, since she was happy to do it for me!)

Also, it's a lot easier to make the simpler symbol out of tape. :)
OK I won't turn you in for that grievous omission. This time. :-)

But I won't show any leniency if that is not an LED flashlight.

tocsik4 years ago
:0D I love it!
Kiteman4 years ago
That's excellent!
Grathio4 years ago
Delightfully geeky! Love it!
huebner50004 years ago
lol. love the shorter leg bit.
schkip19734 years ago
that's cute and funny. my little toddler has very low activation energy, and loves lights and switches of all kinds! you get a free loudspeaker with every toddler led built in..

love the 'one leg longer' gag..

ampt (author)  schkip19734 years ago
It was her love of flashlights that led to the costume!
BOOM56014 years ago
Wow, a little random, but creative.
ampt (author)  BOOM56014 years ago
Perhaps I should mention that I'm an engineering professor and this was for a departmental Halloween party!
BOOM5601 ampt4 years ago
Good, you won't have people staring in confusion (unless your department really sucks).
canida4 years ago
Ridiculously cute, geeky costume!
You can never start too young...