Need Instructions to Configure Battery Pack with on/off switch to LED for Costume

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  1. Azayaka

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    Okay, so I have pretty limited knowledge of lighting configurations so I need some step by step instructions. I'm making a costume which will require a high power LED, around 10,000 lux, to be attached to a power source with an on/off switch. Let me first say that weight is not a big concern. I haven't picked a light yet, but the size will be a foot across or smaller and as I mentioned, 10,000 lux. The power source, most likely a battery pack(?), must have an on/off switch, OR if I can be instructed on how to configure a separate device which just allows me to switch it on and off, that will work too. So the light will be situated securely above my head and I can keep the battery pack in a backpack, or hopefully, if it's small enough, in my hand. Either way, I need the ability to turn the light on and off with minimal movement, while my hands are down at my sides. So with this information in mind, I want to know how to connect the light to the battery pack. I have soldered before, so if that's what I do then I need to know what wires to solder. If my light has a cord with a plug, do I open it up to solder it and how do I open That's most likely the type of light I would get. And furthermore, how many volts do I need in the battery pack for a 10,000 lux LED? And where should I get such a battery pack, hopefully one that has an on/off switch? And lastly, if this battery pack is substantial in size and I can't keep it in my hand, how do I configure a handheld on/off switch. Any advice is appreciated!
     
  2. spinnaker

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    What are the specs on the LED other than the lux. That tells nothing other than the brightness. Forward voltage and current is needed.
     
  3. Azayaka

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    I really don't know as I haven't chosen a light yet. I am thinking to buy a light that doesn't require any assembly...like just one you plug in. I was looking at flood lights or those lights you see at construction sites, things you would see at Home Depot. Not sure what other info to provide. I haven't picked a light because I don't know what's needed for the configuration I'm attempting. I am happy to hear a recommendation for a type of LED, though.
     
  4. spinnaker

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    Look at the specs of the light. Some of those LED floods will work on 12V and have their own current limitation. The 10W lights are usually around 1 amp.
     
  5. hp1729

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    10,000 lux in about a sq foot is about like a 100 watt incandescent light???
    Yes, you can get close to that in a 9 V to 12 V LED at about 1 Amp. Like G19653 from Electronic Goldmine.
    Powered by a pack of D-cell batteries.
     
  6. GopherT

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    I have a bunch of batteries i scrapped out of the Hover lares that Amazon dumped last week. Those should work just fine. Just tie them to your belt loops and...
     
  7. Azayaka

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    Looking at that product it said it was only 900 lumens, and its too small, I need something least 6" in diameter.
     
  8. Azayaka

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    Are you saying the LED will list its required voltage? I will check on that then. my main concern is how to wire it all together :/
     
  9. spinnaker

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    Yes the specs will list the forward voltage. If it is a complete light you are buying then it will just hav the voltage.
     
  10. Azayaka

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    Okay, so if I purchased this, for example http://www.amazon.com/Sphere-Gadget-Technologies-Lightphoria-Energy/dp/B004JF3G08, it has an AC port. It says the adapter is 110v-240v. Doing a search I saw the largest batteries produced 12 volts. So I would need to string together enough12 volt batteries to produce 240 volts? Is that a really bad idea?
     
  11. Azayaka

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    Or lets say I switch gears to a flashlight, I don't have to worry about the batteries. But is there any way to wire an on/off switch to it so I don't have to touch it to turn it on or off? As I mentioned, it will be positioned above my head and I will need to turn it on and off from my hand without really moving my hand, my hand has to be down at my side.
     
  12. djsfantasi

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    Use a wireless doorbell. You can scavenge the controller and use it to control the LED driver.

    Couldn't you arrange several LEDs in an array in the shape and size you desire? The best way to hook them up depends on your battery source and for how long you want it to work. The LEDs need not be contiguous. For example you could cover them with a diffuser.

    I get the feeling that you are looking for the magic bullet - which may not exist but could be made.

    Can you give us any more details. So far we know it's a round light 6" in diameter that sits on or above your head.
     
  13. Azayaka

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    At this point I've determined the easiest thing for me to do is to use a flashlight. I'm going to try to configure a little pulley system like in a ceiling fan to operate the on/off switch but if it doesn't work out I may be back here with questions.
     
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