Battery LED Marquee sockets/bulbs

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Old 12-06-15, 04:26 PM
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Battery LED Marquee sockets/bulbs

Hi everyone,

I am trying to find the supplies to make my own battery powered LED marquee. I'm specifically looking for the bulbs and sockets.

Here are examples of marquees (sold at Target, Michael's, etc.) that has the exact bulbs and sockets I'm looking for:

Marquee Letters & Signs

Small Metal Marquee Light Heart - Gold - Threshold™ : Target

I need a lot of bulbs and sockets for my DIY project, so it would be too expensive to buy pre-made marquees in the store and deconstruct.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
 
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Old 12-06-15, 05:07 PM
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Have you thought of using LED Christmas lights? You would have to be careful in deconstructing them as they have series/parallel connections that must be maintained. Most stores heavily discount these lights immediately after Christmas, often to as much as 50% off the regular price a few days after Christmas.
 
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You don't even need sockets. You can buy raw LEDs for a few cents a piece. You drill a hole thru your project, push the LED thru the hole and use a little hot glue to hold in.

Search for bulk LED's. You can buy them by the bag. At one time I was buying them in bags of 100.


https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/through-hole/
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Thank you for both for the suggestions. I am looking for the exact bulbs from the website examples to mimic the marquee bulb look (round glass bulb). Does anyone know how or where the manufactures purchase these bulbs and sockets? Thank you.
 
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LEDs come in all sizes and styles. I suggest that you check with some electronic parts suppliers for more information. One company I have used is Marlin P Jones and Associates. (Electronic Components and Accessories | MPJA.COM) Looking at their website they currently list over 300 items under the broad search term of LED. There are many other sources as well.

You DO need to be aware of the voltage and current requirements and limitations of LED indicators or you will be destroying a lot of them in your experimentation. Lots of information on the Web. Google is your friend.

(Disclaimer, I have no connection to MPJA whatsoever with the sole exception of being a satisfied customer.)
 
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Those are definitely clear LED's..... probably light up red. I don't recognize the socket or the glass bulb. You'd probably need to check arts & crafts stores for something like that.

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