Evan Designs News and How To's

Wiring LEDs 101

Connecting Evan Designs LEDs to power, adding additional wires, wiring switches, and more. How do I wire my mini LEDs? This is one of the most commonly asked questions at Evan Designs. In this article you will learn everything you need to know and more about wiring our mini LEDs in your project. Whether your goal is to wire 1 chip LED in a diecast police car or 100 MEGA LEDs for dollhouse lighting, following the simple steps below will ensure your modeling success. 1. Choose a Power Source In order to light your LED project, you will need a...

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LEDs for Halloween and Horror Projects

Halloween is right around the corner and it's one of the most popular holidays with hobbyists and model builders alike. Whether your goal is to add a spooky green glow to a goblin scene, use orange to light up a pumpkin, or take first place in a contest by adding lights to your costume, here at Evan Designs we’ve got you covered with the perfect mini LEDs and battery supply options. In this blog post, we will go over some general Halloween LED light kit recommendations as well as share some of our favorite horror-themed customer creations for your Halloween...

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LED Light and Power Source Specification

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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