Lighting a Ghost costume, Need suggestions

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Coopette, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Coopette

    Thread Starter New Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    I am making a Starcraft Sarah Kerrigan Ghost costume which lights up. When I get it finished I can post a picture if you guys help. If you want to see a video of the costume I am trying to recreate see below.

    I need help finding the best way to do this. I know there are a couple of options like EL wire or LEDs. I think LED would be better, thus I am looking to recreate a chasing effect using LED light strips. I know there are alot of premade kits that can do over 80 different effects but I only need one simple light "traveling" through the strip. Like in the video below at 1:00 minute but only a single color.

    As another option could I be able to change it from one single color to a different color keeping the same chasing pattern. This is why I am considereing RGB lights instead of regular LEDs but I want this to be as affordable as possible.

    If you have any suggestions or ideas please let me know. I appreaciate all help.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Markd77

    Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2009
  3. Coopette

    Thread Starter New Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    Is there any way to make the circuit light weight and portable? with all the wires it looks really messy and I only have about a square 4 inches to hide the circuit
  4. Markd77

    Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    Soldered up on stripboard it could be around 4X8cm, 7X5cm or 6X6cm and about 1cm high.
  5. ScottWang


    Aug 23, 2012
    If you like to do so, can you write the program for MCU as 8051 or PIC, etc...?
    Or you want to use NE555 + CD4017x3 (or x 5) + Some RC to try it.
    Or NE555 + Ctrl Logic +CD4510x3 (or x5) + CD4028 x3 (or x5) + Some RC to try it.
    Or NE555 + Ctrl Logic +CD4516x3 (or x5) + 74LS154 x3 (or x5) + Some RC to try it.

    CD4017 datasheet, Decade Counter/Divider with 10 Decoded Outputs

    CD4510(BCD)/CD4516(Binary) datasheet, Up/Down counter.

    74LS154 datasheet, 4 to 16 decoder, Output Lo.

    CD4028 datasheet, BCD to 10 decoder, Output Hi.
  6. cork_ie

    Active Member

    Oct 8, 2011
  7. BMorse

    AAC Fanatic!

    Sep 26, 2009
  8. BSomer


    Dec 28, 2011
    Another alternative to the conventional wiring methods would be something referred to as e-textiles. There are many different possibilities with this stuff. Micro-controllers, LEDs, batteries, whatever...