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When you are looking to take your costume to the next level, adding lights is a great touch, especially for those who are science fiction and fantasy. LED lights are ideal to incorporate into the design of the costume because they produce a lot of light without requiring much energy and without producing uncomfortable amounts of heat. The success of lighting a piece using LED lights requires getting the best lights, position them well, and design a costume that lends itself to be illuminated.

Buy the smallest, brightest LED lights and operate with batteries that you can find. Look for lights with the smallest luminous body and space for the smallest battery that way you will not add more volume to your disguise than it illuminates. Look for lights that do not need to be constantly pressing to keep them on. If possible, look for bulbs or dome-shaped lights instead of flat ones, as they project light in more directions. Buy more lights than you think you will need.

Use long-lasting batteries, if possible. You will need to keep the lights on during the making and the time when you see the costume, so buy batteries designed for long duration, such as cameras.

Lock the lights in the on position. If they have sliding switches, stick them with adhesive tape. If they are pressure switches, turn them on, and place a hard, flat object (such as a coin) on it so that it does not accidentally turn off while you are wearing it. Skip these steps if the costume design allows you to turn the lights on and off.

Each area of ​​your costume that you want to light, ideally, should be made of rigid material to prevent it from bending over the light and blocking it. Illuminated areas should also be thick and dark to keep the light out of sight except when you want; Materials such as polystyrene, sheet metal, plastic, and cardboard are good options.

Cut the holes in the rigid material to allow the light to shine through it. Plan the position of the holes according to the number of lights you count on; make sure none of the holes are too far from the light you want them to see.

Create extra reflective surfaces within the costume, if necessary, coat areas with aluminum foil. This should not be seen, but it will scatter the light inside the hollow areas and ensure that all the holes you want to illuminate are bright enough. To get a clearer idea please visit this site lightups.io.

Angulate the lights so that the bulb points to shine out of the holes you cut. Adhere the lights in position in the rigid material using a strong adhesive tape, such as the tape used in the ducts or used for electrical installations.

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