LED Frosties

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Introduction: LED Frosties

About: I like to make things for the internets. I also sell a pretty cool calendar at supamoto.co. You'll like it.

Light up your cooler with some waterproofed LED lights. They're simple to make and easy to reuse.

Step 1: Light It Up

All you need is a couple dozen 10mm diffused LEDs and some CR2032 batteries. Clip the leads a little and slide the battery up between them. If it didn't light up, flip it the other way.

Now tape it up and repeat until you have a small pile of glowing lights.

Step 2: Start the Wrap

Tear off a square of plastic wrap and push the LED light up into the middle of it.

Now pull the rest of the plastic wrap back so it looks like a plastic comet.

Step 3: Tie It Up

Twist the tail a little tighter and knot it up. You can trim the excess off or leave it.

If you have some small Ziploc-style bags you can use one or two of those instead. You could also try doubling back the plastic wrap and make it more secure. I just had a bunch of LEDs, batteries, and drinks lying around so I put this together and it worked for the few hours I needed it.

Step 4: Toss Them Into the Ice and Stir

Spread the lights around the ice in the cooler and stir it up a bit so some of them get under the ice to create the glowing effect.

Step 5: Add Drinks and Enjoy

Do you need a description here? Get some drinks and enjoy!

Break the plastic wrap when you're done to save the LEDs and batteries for later.

See also:
- LED Throwies
- The Ice Bulb
- LED Floaties 1
- LED Floaties 2

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    59 Discussions

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    jnixon
    jnixon

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I love this idea! Where's a cheap place to get LEDs?

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    AngelInTheNight
    AngelInTheNight

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Christmas ornaments or halloween decorations when they go on sale. Most light up ones have LEDs in them.

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    doo da do
    doo da do

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    some of the toys in many of the kids meals have toys with lights you could recycle those From Doo Da Do

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    Koil_1
    Koil_1

    11 years ago on Step 1

    Wow, add some small magnets and you got throwies!! ,

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    sjrSpike
    sjrSpike

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    You know, if you put these in the heat-sealed plastic bags, but made the bags kind of sculpted so the narrow LEDs and wider battery couldn't change places, *and* left a little air in on purpose, would these float in water?

    Depending on the amount of air, could you get these to float at different levels in the pool?

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    fungus amungus
    fungus amungus

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    That would be nicer. I've been meaning to try some soldering iron heat-sealing for a little while now.

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    imarzouka
    imarzouka

    12 years ago on Introduction

    From where did you get your LEDs fungus amungus? I've been searching for diffused 10mm LEDs with internal resistance but I couldn't find them online.

    Iyad Marzouka
    http://ledcalculator.net

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    fungus amungus
    fungus amungus

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    We got these from here. The batteries have the internal resistance, not the LEDS.

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    geeklord
    geeklord

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Yea, don't buy LED's from radio shack if possible, trust me their a lot more expensive than eBay's, and they SUCK!!!! >:(

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    The_Beast
    The_Beast

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    true that Radioshack blows when it comes to LED's, I bought (then returned) a 5 watt blue LED that I payed $4 for and it wasn't even that bright

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    godmode
    godmode

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Ebay is the best place. I got 50 leds + 50 batteries for about $30. Didnt have to pay customs since its marked as a "gift"

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    fungus amungus
    fungus amungus

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I've found RS LEDs to be dimmer and more expensive and have a slim selection of colors. If you want to play with LEDs, you're much better off ordering them online.

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    pixelitis
    pixelitis

    12 years ago on Step 5

    this right here - - is downright fackN awesome! - - it's a definite party.pleaser! tnx!