Everything posted by Aaron W.
That's brilliant, Lee. Very helpful! Thank you!
These are great ideas, guys! Now I'm just trying to learn some basic electrical math. Who do you know what the voltage and amperage requirements of, say, 3 strands of LED battery powered lights, and how determine how many & what size batteries to use? I'm sure this is electrical apprentice 101, but I've been researching and can't quite find the connecting facts I'm looking for to answer that question. Thanks for your help guys!
Yes you could. That's not a bad idea, haha. I still don't know how to make the battery packs though.
That's an interesting video. They didn't show how the wires were connected to the batteries though. Does anybody want to get way out of the box with me and take a shot at how to make the belt I described up top?
Ok! You were all so brilliant on my 3 way switch wiring questions that I've got a NEW ONE for you! At Disney, for one particular costume, we used to wear weight lifting belts that had a row of about 24 AA batteries attached to it, and that was the power pack for the whole costume. I'd like to slim down this idea and make the same type of battery pack attached to a weight lifting belt to power my highly-lit stilt walking costumes. The costumes would have, let's say 200 white and 200 color lights (maybe all LED, or maybe mixed LED & incandescent) that would be switched between white an
HOW THE PROBLEM WAS SOLVED .... (for those out there with little experience like me).... I took Bobby Menard's advice from the top of the page and picked up a 3-way rocker light switch from Walmart. Then below that, as I experimented, you see my long "scientific process" with pictures. I was stuck. Couldn't wire the light switch properly. A deceiving puzzle it became. Then DSE popped up with those beautiful and specific instructions on the "wiring puzzle". How to use the neutral terminal and to use the wire that leads to the 1st light on the light strands (wouldn't have thought of that one
Oh my God, IT WORKS!!! You are Brilliant, Brilliant people! I'll explain exactly how you saved the day in the next post! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Please Help!! I've learned a few things from my experiments today. I have a 100 light mini strand of white lights, The same kind of strand for green lights, And a six-foot indoor extension cable with no third prong. I assume that means no ground. To experiment, I've been able to cut off the male plugs of the light cables and cut off the female end of the extension cord. I've spliced the male plugs back on to the lights and they've worked. I've spliced the lights directly to the extension cord and they've worked. I've spliced both sets of lights to the extension cord and they've worked at
Thanks for the help guys! I bought a 3 way rocker switch to test out things tonight with a few strands. And just to be clear, Yes I'm using wall power for this prototype vest because I can't get an online order in time for the weekend, but No I do not plan on Wearing it with the power running through it. It'll be on a hanger for me to show off what it can do, and then for next month, all the vests (there will be 5) will have battery operated lights in them. I'll update with problems I run into with my testing. Quick question, would battery powered lights go through a toggle switch the
Hey gang! This is my first post. Thanks so much for taking a look. I need your creative electrical genius! Please forgive my lack of electrician terminology. I'm attaching christmas light strands to a costume (a vest for the prototype this week). Normally they will be battery powered, but for the speed I need this prototype done, they'll be standard wall powered strands. Poking through the vest, I want to have a GREEN set of lights and a WHITE set of lights. I want to have the 2 color strands go to a switch that I can flick back and forth between and have only 1 color strand shining at