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I need advice on creating or buying a lightweight battery operated internal light for a 7ft helium balloon. BRIGHT Answered

7ft helium blimp internal lighting project needs suggestions.  Anybody please?

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steveastrouk

7 years ago

Constant, or flashing ?

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iceng

7 years ago

Lithium is the lightest battery I know.
I don't know about its low temperature stability though.

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glnpariceng

Answer 7 years ago

Thanks-We have about 3lbs to work with for the lighting pkg. Lithium should work if we had the right idea for the bright INTERIOR illumination needed.

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kevinhannan

7 years ago

My thoughts are that it's a (very) limited life-span project so a bettery that can deliver a good rating for a short while will be best for weight/performance ratio. Perhaps some hearing-aid battery/ies would be best here? These could be fixed to LEDs as appropriate...?

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glnparkevinhannan

Answer 7 years ago

Good thought but so far we can"t get the brightness needed for INTERIOR illumination. We can work with appx 3lbs for the entire lighting package.

Thanks tons

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framistan

7 years ago

Heres how to make your blimp ...light up WITHOUT batteries. Get one of those chemical-lights that you break the inside container and shake it. I think they use them in concerts and camping. Empty out the mixed chemical into the baloon, then fill it with helium. Be carefull with the chemicals, as i do not know anything about their toxisity.....Or just tape it to the balloon.... No batteries needed.

Another method might be using a FLASH mechanism from a disposable camera. It would need to be modified so the flash would trigger every time the charge built up enough to trip the flashtube. That would be INCREDIBLY bright every few seconds the whole balloon would light up with a brilliant flash. The balloon would need to be kept away from contacting the flashtube, as this might melt the balloon from the heat.

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glnparframistan

Answer 7 years ago

Terrific idea re: camera flash or something similar. Tried the chem lights but they don"t even make a dent. No where near bright enough to illuminate a HUGE 7ft dia balloon that could be as high as 1000ft aloft.

Camera flash has possibilities it could look awesome.

Thanks mate