(Closed) Off/On Switch directions for LED Throwie lanterns — A plea for HELP!

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
9 posts
  • Wedding: June 2018

HI, I know I read on an old post (that I made a copy of ) that the 10 mm white diffused LED with battery was turned on Friday morning , when lanterns were put up, adn were still going strong Sunday morning at take down.  This was under ” tents and lanterns ,oh my” posted on 3/16/09 by a guest.

Few weeks ago I went to youtube and found something about throwies ; think they had a tip for on/off switch there.  Wouldn’t you just place a piece of heavy paper in between the battery and magnet , then remove it when you put up lanterns?  Go buy one of those little LED tealights at Target  and use the cardstock instead of the piece of plastic they have you remove before use.

Post # 5
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

I found the instruction on Flickr… 


We are making these too, I just ordered all the stuff today…can’t wait to start playing with them!

We’re making red, orange and pink ones too for our centerpieces.  We’re going to have 28″ Eiffel Tower vases with clear diamonds (acrylic) and put these throughout the vase…I can’t wait to try them out and see what they’ll look like!


Post # 6
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Someone had posted about the switch (piece of cardboard) working better on one side of the battery than the other, but I don’t remember which side.

ETA: Ok, its there in the flickr directions. If only I had looked at the link first….

Post # 7
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The real question is whether you need the on/off switches.  Using them tends to make the contact between light and battery less secure.  Since the batteries will last for at least three days once the lanterns are lit, you may want to have them on from the time you create them to when you take the lanterns down.

Post # 8
1 posts
  • Wedding: January 2015



Glad my flickr instructions are proving useful.


2dbride makes a good point, you may well not need the on/off switches. Its just extra hassle.


But they really don’t cause any problems with the conections IF you remember to put the magnet over the LED’s wire on the side of the on/off switch.  That way, when you pull the tab out the magnet ‘pushes’ the led wire to the battery and ensures that the connection is a good one.


Of course, this only works if you’re attaching magnets. If you’re putting them in lanterns you may well not be using magnets. In this case I would advise AGAINST using on/off tabs unless you can make sure you can press the connection a bit after you remove the card.


Need any more advice, comment on the flickr photos or email me. Email address is on my website, http://www.sonnymalhotra.com

Post # 9
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I made a few trial throwies (without magnets) and found that even withough an on/off switch, the tape wasn’t enough to keep the connection secure, so I’m going to use binder clips, like others have recommended.

I had thought about making them at the last minute without switches, in the hopes of avoiding the clips, but it looks like I’ll have to use them either way, so I might as well make them in advance.

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