Post # 1
I’ve read a few blogs on how to light paper laterns with throwies, but need help on figuring out which type of LED’s to purchase. With the advice of many helpful bloggers on here I went to radio shack in search of the 10mm DIFFUSED warm white LED’s. I know I wanted to stay away from that BLUISH glow that some LED’s give off and don’t want my laterns looking blue. The gentleman at radio shack was nice enough to test a few out for me. First of all he didn’t have any with the word "diffused" or "warm" on them. The white one had a slight bluish tint and the yellow LED looked orange.
I’m nervous if I do find one somewhere I wont get the right one in bulk off ebay (for a much better deal). Does anyone have any advice they could share on what they used and if it worked or not?
Maybe giving the MCD, voltage, brightness, viewing angle, or something along those lines could help. Thank you!
Post # 3
i have no idea what a throwie is…
Post # 4
I know what you mean, I am also planning to do throwies in paper lanterns to light my reception. I have also been searching for warm white diffuse LEDs based on the info in the blogs here. Radio Shack had a terrible selection plus much pricier than what I’m finding online. I am talking to ebay seller led-hk (used by Miss Tiramasu) about what he has available. He does not have warm white 10mm diffused LEDs, so I simply asked him for white diffused LEDs. I didn’t want the blue glow either but you can’t beat the price – about 13 cents each. I am hoping to experiment a bit with different colors of lanterns, and see what I come up with. I ordered a few different colors and sizes from the paper lantern store to try them out. I am a little nervous about the colors of the lanterns, though – we are using fall colors, mainly red and orange. I just don’t want the whole room to glow in red and orange. I was hoping to light mostly beige colored lanterns but we’ll see how they look with the LEDs. I was also thinking about experimenting with colored plastic wrap or tissue paper to eliminate the blue glow. I’ll try to post about what I come up with. Also, go with ebay for your batteries, Miss Tiramisu’s recommendation was excellent for a bulk purchase of those little batteries too. The seller’s name escapes me now, sorry, but you can find it in her post. Hope this helps, sorry so wordy!
Post # 5
i’m looking to buy led throwies…message me if you are selling=)
Post # 6
I have a bunch of LED throwies (and I will be selling them after my October 9 reception, if anyone is interested). Here is a link to a page that gives the sources from which I got the LEDs and batteries, and exactly what type of LEDs I got. And ljcady, throwies are LEDs with batteries just taped to them, used to light paper lanterns–you can check that link for details.
One option you might want to consider is mixing throwies of different colors. If you go to my link, you’ll see one lantern that looks pink. There are no pink LEDs. However, by mixing equal numbers of red and white LEDs, I got a pink effect–and as you can see, the lantern didn’t turn out even remotely blue. You might want to think about using mostly white ones, but then using perhaps one amber or red one to give it a slightly a slightly brownish or pinkish glow.
Another thing to think about would be using lanterns that were not white. I’m wondering whether a natural, pale pink, or beige lantern with white lights might give you an effect that would work for you.
Post # 7
I had the same problem! I haven’t blogged about it yet, but I REALLY didn’t want the blue color, so I ordered warm white 10mm LED’s. They were not diffuse – they definately made ‘bright spots’ on the lanterns. So I picked up a can of frosted glass spray paint at michaels and sprayed all the bulbs – now they are ‘diffuse’ and warm white!
Post # 8
How very resourceful of you, Gloss! I’ll have to take note for when I buy my throwies!