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Weight and Size Measurements for Use in Slot Cars, Small Drones or other Weight Sensitive projects. Evan Designs LEDs are very small, however questions on size and weight specs are commonly asked by our customers and hobby enthusiasts. In hobbies such as pinewood derby racing every milliliter and ounce counts when making the car as fast as possible. Due to this, we have decided to create an article dedicated to Evan Designs LED Specifications. Weight Of LED Lights Due to their small size, our surface mount Chip LED lights have a relatively low weight. Unlike the bulb LEDs, they do...

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Lighting Gundam Models with Evan Designs LEDs

Gundam models, also known as Gunpla (Gundam plastic models) are models or figurines based on the Japanese military fiction anime created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise. Evan Designs Gundam Lighting Kit Our LED lights were so popular with Gundam modelers that we decided to start carrying a Gundam lighting kit. This Master Grade Barbados Master Lighting Kit includes: 1 green nano LEDs for the eyes 1 blue nano LED for the backpack thruster 5 red nano LEDs for the shoulders, knees, and chest a coin cell holder with on/off switch a coin cell shrink tube for the connections All the...

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Lighting Book Nooks with LED Lights

What is a Book Nook? Book nooks are a relatively new type of hobby project that has just recently gained popularity in the modeler community. A book nook is a shadowbox about the size and width of a standard book that is meant to fit into a bookshelf between other books on the shelf. Although sizes can vary, the standard book nook is 10” tall x 8” deep x 5” wide. The box can be made from chipboard, wood, or even cardboard. This box is then decorated in such a way that it gives the effect of a miniature world...

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LEDs vs. Incandescent Lights

Comparing, History, Mechanics and Usage Welcome to another educational blog post by Evan Designs. In this post, we will be learning a bit more about the history and functionality of both incandescent and micro LED lighting. We will then compare incandescent lighting to LED project lighting so you can better decide what lighting fits your hobby needs. History of The Incandescent Light The incandescent light bulb was the first light bulb invented and available for commercial use and purchase. Incandescent light bulbs dominated the lighting market and still to this day are a popular choice in many households around the...

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The history of the invention of the battery-operated LED light is a complicated one, and there were many trials and errors along the way before the mini LED lights we all know and love were invented. In this article, we will travel back in time to learn more about the first inventors of the micro LED lights sold here at Evan Designs. The micro-LED light was not invented by just one person, it took a series of inventors and a span of 55 years from the discovery of electroluminescence till the first small LED light was commercially available. The Discovery...

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Motion Sensors and Photo Sensors

Understanding the Science behind Evan Design’s LED sensors At Evan Designs, we offer a variety of switches and sensors to control our battery operated LED lights in your favorite hobby projects. In this article, we will be discussing in depth two of our sensors, first our motion sensor and then our micro LED photoelectric sensor. We will start by going over the mechanisms in which these sensors work, and then discuss the applications and benefits of using these sensors in hobby projects. Motion Sensor By definition, a motion sensor is a detecting device that uses electricity to detect nearby movement....

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Choosing the Perfect LEDs for your Project

Here at Evan Designs, we offer an immense variety of the brightest LED lights, power sources, and lighting accessories. With all of these choices, it can be overwhelming knowing where to get started, and what hobby LED to buy. In this article we will explain the different miniature LEDs and power supply options we carry, to help you choose the best lighting system for your hobby projects. There are 6 main things to consider when choosing LED lights for models: Brightness Bulb Style LEDs Chip Style LEDs LED Size Voltage Power Supply Brightness To make your project look its best...

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Lighting Holidays Projects with Mini LEDs

With Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start decorating your hobby projects for the holidays. There is no better way to add some holiday cheer to your projects than with Evan Design’s mini LED lights. LED Light Strings Evan Designs battery-powered LED light strings are the perfect way to add a festive mood to your model train layout, model buildings, or favorite hobby project. Evan Designs offers several options of light strings in various colors and flashing choices. Multi-Colored Light String Multi-colored mini string lights are the most popular option for...

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Soldering 101- How to Solder Micro LED Lights

Here at Evan Designs, our mini LEDs come pre-soldered with resistors and wires attached. This is an easy solution that allows you to install your battery powered LED light kits immediately in your hobby projects. Hooking up pre-wired Evan Designs LED doesn’t require soldering skill, in fact if you review our LED hookup recommendations you will see no reference to soldering. However, for some special projects or for those of you who are interested in electricity and soldering this article will go over the process used to create all of our micro LEDs at Evan Designs. Soldering is a process...

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