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my son wants firetruck lights Answered

so my 3 year old has his heart set on being a fire truck for halloween - but he wants to have the lights on his head ...

does anyone know how I might go about making a hat with flashing lights?  and where I would need to go shop to find the lights, wire, etc...


They have flashing red lights at the dollar store- I believe they take aaa batteries. My son is obsessed w/firetrucks also, he clips these on to his shirts, hats, - everything:)

Wow...How cool is that!! Be the truck!! I LOVE IT!!

As for the 12v battery it would be lighter if you went to radio shack and purchased 270-387 8 AA Holder and batteries. It would also run longer than on a 9v battery as there is probably a motor in those lights that causes a reflector to spin resulting in the flashing

If you order from DX will it be here in time?

I've seen red flashing LED safety lights for use when riding a bicycle that only cost ~$2. They are smaller than a deck of cards and powered by 2 AA batteries. I would think that they could easily be incorporated into the costume.

Some of the lights I'm reffering to could produce 5 different flashing patterns. They may not flash in the same kind of pattern as an actual fire trucks lights, but I don't know if that is something you would strictly require.

Browse this site for flashing LED projects, pick one that matches your skills and budget, then reach for a toy firefighter helmet...

He wants to be a fire truck, not a fire fighter... Much more fun!

I figured that he could be both if he had lights installed on a helmet...


5 years ago

I bet you could remove the lights from a toy fire truck and then attach them to a hat. I had started a similar project where I was using a hardhat because there is plenty of space between your head and the helmet to store batteries and run wires.

A hard hat would be a fine start! I'm lazy, and so I would get a flashing warning light like these, and attach that to the hat... then all it would need is a battery pack inside the hat, and even though it's meant for 12v, it will probably run on a 9v battery.

If you're even lazier, you can get this or something similar, and change the way it looks.

That would definitely be the easiest route :-)


You'll need a 12 v supply. perhaps a 12 v cordless drill battery, or two 6 v lantern batteries in series.