anyone know how to rig a small led light so it will work in a miniature flashlight about 1:6 scale? the only thought I have is to put a wire through the body, but I'd like to find a way around hiding wires in post or building another puppet just for a flashlight if possibly. Some assembly I can do with a small battery to fit in the mini flashlight.
I've been thinking about this too, although I'm not sure if my advice will be the best since I haven't tried it myself yet.
My idea to making a small flashlight would just be to make a cover over a tiny battery powered led. I've found little party lights that are really cheap. They're meant to fit inside balloons so I hope they'll be small enough for what you're looking for.
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I'll take a look into it. Thank you
That sounds like a good idea - it would be easy to change the battery if it starts to go dim.
That would be another great advantage. I just bought a mini lifegear keychain flashlight to see how it's put together and if the basic structure can be put in a smaller flashlight design. Unfortunately it's made from aluminum and the led is fixed to it so I can't get that part out. Tomorrow I'll go buy an led and continue fiddling around with it.
I think I may have found an answer. Four button cell batteries stacked together. Place in the flashlight prop so they're pressed together (you can probably use some kind of tape to keep them together, Lifegear did). the led light will be placed at the front and connected to the batteries with a thin strip of aluminum foil. Then make a bottom to the flashlight that can pop on and has alumimum foil on the part that pops in. Make sure the foil on the pop on bottom connects to the batteries and the strip of foil connecting the led to the batteries and the light should turn on every time you pop on the bottom. And now, when the batteries dim, you can slide them out and change them. Now this is just a theory I got from opening the Lifegear light so I haven't tried it and probably won't be able to until tomorrow. I'll let you know if it works.
The little mini keychain flashlights I'ver seen are ok for a chunky style but still a bit too fat for a 1:6 scale puppet that's more like a realistic scale. If the button cell batteries are a smaller diameter, then a bit of tube or even thin card wrapped round might be ok. Having the flashlight self contained certainly is appealing.
I've used tiny 12v incandescent lightbulbs in the past, and for a handheld lamp I always had a wire going up the sleeve and down the trouser leg, to a 12v transformer under the set. I was worried about the battery fading too quickly. Same with vehicle headlights, or the lamp on the gondola in O Pollo Mio, wires went down to a transformer out of shot. But LEDs use much less power so a battery might last long enough to get a shot done without it fading. With 1:24 scale moving cars with headlights, I had to keep the wire behind the car, and move it to a new hole in the set floor every 12 frames or so.
At the moment I have an LED in each of the two carriage lamps on a hansom cab, and could try fitting a battery inside the cab out of sight. They seem to work well off a cheap transformer set to the lowest voltage, 3v. A single AA 1.5 v battery didn't seem to light up one of the LEDs at all but 2 might work.
Thank you for the suggestions StopmoNick. I was able to put together a small flashlight using the basic setup I saw in the lifegear keychain. I still need to clean it up, but it works. I just need to press the bottom in to complete the connection and light it up. Along with this, it's easy to open it again and replace the batteries. They simply slide out.
Thank you to everyone who wrote this discussion.
That looks fantastic!! Will you leave the tube translucent like that? It looks cool, but might be pretty distracting.
Thank you StopmoNick and Strider! I believe I'm going to paint it and add a covering that looks like a switch to cover the cut on the side. Unfortunately I don't have the space to do stop motion anymore so this is really an experiment to work up skills for when I do again (I have a few ideas that will need a working flashlight). Until then I plan to keep doing these quick puppet and prop projects. This one was fun to figure out.
After reading this post I as able to find basic wiring guide for any small light, just take the basic steps from and and cut your length to whatever size u want, you can also use a mini dimmer you can get real cheap one ebay =)