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TB_Iris
06-13-2011, 09:51 PM
I'm beginning work for next year's Anime Detour convention but I'm aiming to finish it before Halloween. I'm working on this version of a humanized Wheatley from Portal 2: (warning, some spoilerage for those who haven't played) http://forte-girl7.deviantart.com/art/Portal-Wheatley-Reference-210372140

I'm going as the normal core humanized version, and what I'd like to do is rig up some LED's into the backplate with the blue Aperture logo so that it glows. I have an INCREDIBLY basic noob knowledge of wiring LEDs since I had to learn from scratch for my last costume(LED's wired to push buttons for Creeper eyes (http://setzytb.deviantart.com/art/Creepers-Gonna-Creep-204168544)) but since this will likely require more lights, I don't feel like I want to completely leave this to trial and error like last time.

I was looking at LED tape(I thought about EL tape but from I saw it does not glow well at all in any sort of light) but I have no idea what that involves in terms of rigging up to a switch or if it even needs anything like that or what.

Sorry if this is all sort of vague. Any advice? Am I just over-thinking this and maybe there's an easier way to go about this?

TB_Iris
06-17-2011, 02:54 PM
So no suggestions then? :( Grah..

essex1984
06-18-2011, 10:43 AM
LED's work very well as you found out, but they will normal give off a "point of light" vs more general illumination you would get with a fulfillment bulb. I get mine from "Superbright LED's (http://www.superbrightleds.com/)"

making the Aperture logo illuminate is a pretty easy task and may require.... 8-12 LED's spaced around the design. You can also use Blue LED's to help keep the color, or go with white bulbs and use the "aperture Logo" as a lens.

The LED tape may work for this application, but its not very good around corners and normal runs off a 6-12v source.

I use LED Calculator (http://ledcalculator.net/) when building illuminated props. If you tell it what you are using, it will provide details and a nice little picture of the circuit.

LED's are pretty forgiving when you solder on them, just don't leave the heat on any longer then is needed. As for the switch, its placed either before or after the led array. Check your area for an electronics store, Radio shack should be a last resort but they will some times have items you need.

Are you using a soldering Gun or Iron?? Big difference in use and Heat generated.

Not sure if this Wall of text helps any, but LED's are very simple and should never cause stress in a costume. they are easy and provide a great amount of WOW to most any costume.

TB_Iris
06-18-2011, 04:38 PM
LED's work very well as you found out, but they will normal give off a "point of light" vs more general illumination you would get with a fulfillment bulb. I get mine from "Superbright LED's (http://www.superbrightleds.com/)"

making the Aperture logo illuminate is a pretty easy task and may require.... 8-12 LED's spaced around the design. You can also use Blue LED's to help keep the color, or go with white bulbs and use the "aperture Logo" as a lens.

The LED tape may work for this application, but its not very good around corners and normal runs off a 6-12v source.

I use LED Calculator (http://ledcalculator.net/) when building illuminated props. If you tell it what you are using, it will provide details and a nice little picture of the circuit.

LED's are pretty forgiving when you solder on them, just don't leave the heat on any longer then is needed. As for the switch, its placed either before or after the led array. Check your area for an electronics store, Radio shack should be a last resort but they will some times have items you need.

Are you using a soldering Gun or Iron?? Big difference in use and Heat generated.

Not sure if this Wall of text helps any, but LED's are very simple and should never cause stress in a costume. they are easy and provide a great amount of WOW to most any costume.

That wall of text helps immensely actually. That circuit board designer will help a ton. I was beginning to wonder if it would be easier to get a tap light and simply make the aperture logo with tinted blue film, but I wasn't sure if that would even work. Will spacing out LED's give it an even glow though?

Also I have a soldering iron.

essex1984
06-18-2011, 05:29 PM
Tap light would work, but it will still be a single point of light. Corectly spacing the LEDs around the image, and using an LED with a large view angle 90 - 120 would work best for full illumination.