Evan Designs News and How Tos

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 hobby 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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Gluing Evan Designs LED Lights

You chose the right micro LED lamps for your project and you received your LED light kits in the mail. Now it is time to install these little lights in your LED project! One of the most popular ways to install micro LEDs in hobby projects is to glue them in place. However not every glue is safe for battery operated LED lights. In this article, we will go over the different types of glues to use with Evan Designs hobby LEDs as well as some tips for your best micro LED install yet. But before we go over the...

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All About Evan Designs Switches

Here at Evan Designs, we have a lot of switches. With thirteen mini LED switch options available it can be confusing trying to choose the correct switch for your project. In this article, we will go over all of the different switches offered by Evan Designs and learn more about how these switches function with your battery powered LED lights. Before we get started, let's understand how the switch works in a simple circuit created by our LED light kit. For a more detailed explanation of a circuit visit our article: What is Voltage? For now, we’ll just review the...

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What is Voltage

What is Voltage? Learning how Voltage works in a Mini LED Light Kit. Welcome to Evan Design’s Blog Series on Electricity. We thought we would dive a little deeper into understanding more about the electricity that powers our small LED lights. As you might notice all of our miniature lighting at Evan Designs comes in a variety of different voltage options ranging from 3 volts to 19 volts. Anyone without a background in physics or electronics might be asking themselves “what is voltage anyways”? In this article, we will answer that question. First, before we can understand what voltage is,...

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Understanding Resistors on Evan Designs LED Lights

Resistors: what are they, how do they work and what resistors are the best choice for my model project? In this article we will learn more about resistors to answer all of these questions and more! This is the second article in Evan Design’s electricity series. If you haven't read our first article What is Voltage? It may be a good place to start to understand some of the terminology we use in our mission to understand resistance. We will be using an Evan Designs battery operated light kit for our example circuit. The 9 volt battery and Chip LED...

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Installing Working LED Lights in your Model Police Car

Installing LEDs for Diecast Police Car with Working Lights Model police cars and lighted emergency diecast vehicles are extremely popular with our customers here at Evan Designs. So popular in fact that we decided to devote this week's blog post to installing small battery powered lights and police sirens in diecast police cars. The installation isn't difficult, but it is a time consuming project. This article will walk you through the step by step process of how to install micro LEDs and police sirens in your model emergency vehicle. For the purpose of this tutorial we will be using a...

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