(Closed) Throwie Tips

posted 12 years ago in Beehive
Post # 18
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174 posts
Blushing bee

Hi ladies,

we made our throwies a few months ago. I found diffused white 10mm LEDs on ebay from a seller "auspicious.e" and they’re perfect – no polka dot look when they’re in the lantern. It was the least expensive ebay option I could find.

I also found a box of 144 binder clips for about $15. One binder clip holds the contacts of 3 stacked throwies nice and tight.

When you’re assembling the throwies make sure that you have tape completely covering your batteries. If the metal from one battery touches another they will drain each other. Likewise, don’t open all the batteries up and stick them in a single baggie/jar/whatever. If they touch they will drain. We learned that lesson the hard way!

We used one LED per battery and in all of our test runs they lasted for about 60 hours before the light started to fade.

 

 

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Post # 19
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5283 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Cravinwaves, I’m feeling your pain. I have white lanterns and want to give off a soft white glow, not blue and not orange. After reading Mrs. Tiramisu’s post she states that it DOES in fact give off a blue light & she doesn’t know how to change it 🙁

I was planning on buying my throwie supplies soon but I don’t want a blue tint, I don’t know what to do 🙁

Post # 20
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3 posts
Wannabee

AnnieAAA- I didn’t have to sand it alot. I just sanded the bulb until there were essentially no clear spots left. Here are some pictures of a lantern with 3 LEDs…but the LEDs in these pics are NOT sanded. I can post pics of the lantern with the sanded LEDs within the next few days. This just shows the glow that the warm LEDs gives. The pictures are both of the same thing…just taken with a different setting on the camera. If I can remember correctly, in person it looked most like the second picture (the "whiter" one). Also, the LEDs are pointing upwards in this pic (b/c I didn’t want the spots of light on the bottom of the lantern since the LEDs weren’t sanded yet).

 The lights I ordered were from seller lvehk ( Light of Victory Electronic Co, ltd) on ebay. I ordered  10mm SUPERBRIGHT WARM WHITE LED LAMP 95Kmd.

 Sorry for the poor quality pics- new dig SLR camera and trying to figure it out!

Post # 21
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3 posts
Wannabee

Oops, pics were too big. Here they are again. (The blue glow in the backgroung of the second pic is just the tv!).

Post # 22
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5283 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Amy410: Thanks so much for the info! Even with them not being sanded, I like that it doesn’t look blue! Can’t wait to see how great they look once they have been sanded, Awesome! And this may be a "captain obvious" question, but when you say sand, did you just sand the bulbs with regular sandpaper?

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