Lighting for Costume advice needed

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Deelite

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I'm working on a Costume for Halloween, and only need to get some lighting.

Requirements : Just that it needs to be battery operated and it can last 4-6 hours on that battery (one batter preferred per item).


Here are some reference images:

She has a pack that she wears on the back with three "lighted" holes. They holes are about the size of a 50 cent coin:


She then has four lighted crosses on her boots (two on each). The crosses are only 1.5" w by 4" tall:





I know about light tape and el wire, and using battery operated Xmas lights, but, which of those would be practical (especially for the boots) ?

The backpack I figure I can mount some battery operated Xmas lights, but how can I match those lights with the correct color for the boots. Would like to see if I can buy all the same type of lights for both.
 

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Superkrates

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For battery operated light - go with the EL wire (LED christmas lights would need a diffuser lens to eliminate 'hot' spots, and there's just not going to be enough room in the boots for that to be comfortable).

For 6-8 hours of illumination in this application I'd test 1.5" light sticks to see if they deliver the desired effect. Party stores usually have them and Extremeglow.com still carries them.
 

Deelite

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For battery operated light - go with the EL wire (LED christmas lights would need a diffuser lens to eliminate 'hot' spots, and there's just not going to be enough room in the boots for that to be comfortable).
Thanks.

How much do you think I need?

For 6-8 hours of illumination in this application I'd test 1.5" light sticks to see if they deliver the desired effect. Party stores usually have them and Extremeglow.com still carries them.

ETA - Oh I see what you mean. No, those don't give enough light. I've bought them before for another costume, and it didn't have the light intensity I needed. They just showed up as dull colored items on the costume.
 
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Vew

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I would use green LEDs. The bottom I'd diffuse using some piece of white semi-transparent material. With a 3.2-3.5V @20mA LEDs and using 2 AAA batteries at 3V, you'll get about 30 hours from using 2 LEDs for each accessory piece. You can get battery pack holders from Radio Shack.

Or you could go with EL wire, slightly more complicated IMO. I don't think you'll get as good as an effect.

The best option is to use light strips for the bottom and 2 LEDs OR glow sticks as he said for the best for accuracy.
 

Deelite

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I would use green LEDs. The bottom I'd diffuse using some piece of white semi-transparent material. With a 3.2-3.5V @20mA LEDs and using 2 AAA batteries at 3V, you'll get about 30 hours from using 2 LEDs for each accessory piece. You can get battery pack holders from Radio Shack.

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Sorry, you're speaking a language I don't understand. anything that is off the shelf and ready to go?
 

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