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Unread 11-01-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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Costume LED Lights construction help please!

So I'm trying to make Shelke Rui cosplay with the light blue parts being LED lighting but I don't think the LED rope I found can be cut and I was wondering if people know what I could use and how to construct it to work.

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Something I was planning on using but not sure if I can cut it: http://www.oogalights.com/18-Foot-LE...ight-Blue.aspx

The LED lights is the color and appearance I prefer... any body that can help would be awesome in my book. Great thanks ahead of time!

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Unread 11-01-2012, 08:49 AM   #2
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For the suit you want Electroluminecent Wire (Like This). It can be cut though you need to seal off the end with hotglue or something of the nature. The piece you cut away can be rewired but it is a pain so for now think of it as a discard.

I am not sure how you would work this in the gloves and boots. It should be possible. I think it would be ok in the gloves but that there may be better options for the boots. Without being able to wire LEDs youself, maybe you could do something like this in the boots? Good Luck!
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Unread 11-01-2012, 10:34 PM   #3
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Ooo thank you very much! I will definitely look into it!
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Is this solved or are there more questions?
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Unread 11-02-2012, 10:06 AM   #5
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Also note that the lights you linked in the first post probably need to plug into an outlet. There's nothing that indicates that they're battery powered.

I've had good luck with LED finger lights. I bought a bunch off Amazon for costuming purposes:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00

It's a bunch of 4-packs with different colors (red, green, blue, white). They last a while but the batteries aren't replaceable. There are some other options along those same lines, some have replaceable batteries, some don't.

In conjunction with a diffuser of some sort (maybe a glue stick or a little plastic test tube), these would probably work very well for the stripes on the gloves.
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Unread 11-02-2012, 10:50 AM   #6
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Just a note, it is possible to buy EL wire powered by battery. It's generally the more expensive option, but if you're really into it, then I can tell you it looks badass. I saw a guy in a sweet Tron cosplay this summer that had EL wire on it.

If you search google, I know there is a tutorial for how to diffuse the light on LED strips to make them appear like EL wire. It's a cheaper option, but of course requires a bit more work to disguise the fact that it's LEDs.

Also note, that picture of the tube of LED rope is pretty misleading. I have one of those in my kitchen as undercabinet lighting (Got it for $10 at Walmart) and it doesn't actually look that...evenly diffused. It's quite obviously a rope of pinprick lights, which is what LEDs will always look like. And you cannot cut that. You have to just use the entire length, unless you are very good with electrical wiring and soldering. The reason it looks kinda like EL wire in the photo is because it's all coiled up in the packaging. Once you take it out and stretch it into a single length, it doesn't look like that at all.
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I wrote up a nice reply to this but I think I accidentally closed my browser without sending. Oops. In any case, I think EL wire is probably the easiest and cheapest option. There are plenty of places to buy online, I've used http://www.elbestbuy.com/ before and they were inexpensive and quick. There's also EL Tape, which might be better for what you're wanting to do- i.e. straight wide lines of blue light.

You could also use LED and get a MUCH brighter result, but it would be more involved. Tape like this has the LED's close enough together that you don't notice the points so much. But, you'd have to do your own soldering and figure out a power source. I would go that route myself because I already know how, but if you haven't done any of this before I think the EL Tape is probably your best bet.
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Just to note: The EL Wire I linked is powered by battery. According to the product discription they take 3 AAA batteries. I made sure of this before posting, otherwise it would be useless for a costume.
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Alright thank you all! This really helps and my dad is somebody who used to do wiring so everything is actually going to be easy with his help! Thanks for the links and tips!
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