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Advice - How to make a standard LED light red?
ESP182
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Joined: Jun 24, 2008
Posts: 51
From: Orange, CA
Posted: 2011-02-11 3:16 pm   Permalink

Hello

I've recently purchased these LED lights from Ace:

http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3266862&cp=2568454.2632231.2632298.1259144

After installing the lights, they give off this "dull" glow. I'd like to make them red. Was thinking of adding a red filter over the lights. Was hoping some suggestions could be given on how this could be accomplished.

Mahalo




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Tiki Trav
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Joined: Sep 25, 2006
Posts: 639
From: NSW Central Coast, Australia
Posted: 2011-02-11 4:26 pm   Permalink

Most sign shops would have some scrap translucent (lightbox) adhesive vinyl you could apply to the face...

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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 3072
From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2011-02-11 4:29 pm   Permalink

Another source for red translucent tape would be at auto parts stores like Pep Boys. They sell it for "repairing" brake lights.

 
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ESP182
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Joined: Jun 24, 2008
Posts: 51
From: Orange, CA
Posted: 2011-02-11 4:55 pm   Permalink

Cool, thank you for the replies. I'll take a look and see which one i can acquire locally.

 
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Chip and Andy
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Joined: Jul 13, 2004
Posts: 2208
From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2011-02-11 8:17 pm   Permalink

How red do you want it?

You can take a red sharpie and 'paint' the lens covers. It won't give you a 'red' light but it will warm up the color from the basic blue/white.

If you have a good art supply house around look for Rubylith. It is a red film that print makers and printers used for masking out printing and photography plates.

The red repair tape is quick and easy, but will have a tendency to peel away from the plastic lens after not too much time which gets annoying because it has that uncanny ability to look great until you have guests over when the whole thing decides to give up its adhesive qualities all at once and fall off and manage to make it into someone's plate of appetizers.



 
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-02-12 12:08 am   Permalink

Michael's sells transparent paint for faux stained glass, that might be worth a shot.

 
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TorchGuy
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Joined: Apr 24, 2008
Posts: 204
From: Renton, WA
Posted: 2011-02-23 08:36 am   Permalink

Theatrical supply stores and some DJ supply places will sell what's called a 'gel'. Gels are transparent colored plastic sheet, very thin but not crushable like colored cellophane - strong enough to be used for their intended purpose, which is coloring stage and nightclub lights.

Gel comes in about a billion different shades - a subtle shade difference can make or break stage lighting designs. Bring your lights to a theatrical supply shop and see how different colors look over them; most have these in sliding trays or rows of folders, where you can easily leaf through them.


 
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Bonj
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Joined: Nov 17, 2008
Posts: 27
From: Brisbane, AU
Posted: 2011-02-28 4:40 pm   Permalink

If you are confident with soldering, you could replace the white LEDs with high intensity red ones. With 5 LEDs in series running off 4.5V (from 3x AAA cells), you're aren't likely to even need a current limiting resistor, so no need to worry if the original circuit has one or not.

 
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Polly
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Joined: Aug 09, 2010
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Posted: 2011-05-04 7:14 pm   Permalink

You can wrap it with a red plastic paper bag.

 
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