View Full Version : Lighting your costume just got easier

08-08-2009, 03:46 AM
I was rummaging through archives on a C-3PO builder's forum and I came across these. (I had no idea these existed before)

PRE-MADE, battery-powered, short strings of led lights called "Rice lights"

No soldering needed. They have a decent brightness, and they're CHEAP. Just attach them to any plexiglass prop or hide them behind a resin-gem brooch.

There's plenty on ebay at any given time:

You can also google "rice battery lights"

08-08-2009, 06:55 AM
... We got those at IKEA : D

I'm amazed that you haven't seen 'em before, especially at Christmas oO'

*unnecessary post is unnecessary*

08-08-2009, 06:58 AM
... We got those at IKEA : D

I'm amazed that you haven't seen 'em before, especially at Christmas oO'

*unnecessary post is unnecessary*

short strings of ten lights powered by AA's? Never.
Why have I wasted all my time making these from scratch?

08-08-2009, 08:44 AM
short strings of ten lights powered by AA's? Never.
Why have I wasted all my time making these from scratch?

Not ten lights, more then that(depends on what size you get) , and yes, powers by AA's. ..

I'll see if I can get a picture... Who knows, I might be thinking about something else. :>

[Edit]: Found one. It's 11 lights, powered by 4 AA's. I can't find 'em at IKEA's homepage, but it might be a christmas thing, or something like that. Comes in different colours...yeah.

I couldn't find any pictures though... the only one I could find was the bigger version with 144 lights...

08-08-2009, 10:51 AM
A got a set of those at both Michaels and a Dollar Store. That being said they weren't selling these back in 2005 when I needed them T_T

I was going do a post on cheap/simple lighting option anyway so I'll add what I've found ^_^



These bad boys are great, self contained with an on and off switch. Other than the elastic strap it's all snap/friction fitted so you can take it apart to add new batteries. I picked them up from a Dollarama so sheck your local dollar stores to see if the have them first.

The red ones are the same LED WaterClr Red 4000MCD 3V ones I bought from an electronic supplies store that cost me a far bit more then a $1.



I picked these Up from Michaels 2 years ago. They were in the wedding/anniversary/baby section.

I love the simple design to bad the lights are not interchangeable. I also like the fact the batters are shrink wrapped so your not worried about losing/dropping them. There ale really bright white ones. There where also different sets. Some that only blink and some with a "warm" light. They are a bit smaller then an Inch in length.

Dot-it Checkers



Tsukune used these for her AntiForm Sora so give her props for finding these. Her EL Panel shorted out so this was her backup.

Again another great option for glowing eyes. there not a bright as the bulbed version of LED's but the light dose defuse nicely through the gel cap.

08-09-2009, 02:11 AM
Posting that unknown Gambit's Idea for his glowing card
=_= figured it applied to this thread, kinda need to brush up on some lighting tutorials...also
Ani BEE those DO it checker lights will be a great help for the glowing eyes when i attempt to make tenga toppa's boots,and hopefully ONLY his boots >_>;, something cool for normal ware at cons


08-09-2009, 09:32 PM
Yeah they are nice for in person lights. Still debiting if I'll use them for my Allen eye since it need to be glued in place to my forehead and check. the more weight the harder it is to hold in place.

08-10-2009, 05:35 AM
OMG - just stumbled on this thread and the rice light is perfect for something to light my Terminator costume... and strangely I had never thought of christmas lights.

I was going to make my own set - but now, just bought 40 lights on ebay for about 10 bucks.


08-11-2009, 07:28 AM
One more to ad to the list that Erayachi has brought to my attention.

Floralytes (product name)

Waterproof version as well.

08-12-2009, 10:53 AM
This is actually quite helpful already, but if anyone has a spare moment to drop a piece of advice, I'm working on revamping my scythe for Haseo from .hack//GU. I'm trying to make the gems glow, and this is my first time making anything light-up, so it's proving rather tricky. Any tips?
Thanks so much!

08-12-2009, 01:03 PM
I would think those dot-it lights mentioned would do the trick. *shrug* I've never made anything light up before either so I can't be sure, but they seem to be the small "gem" shape you'd be looking for. BTW, that staff is killer. Must post pics when you finish it.