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Wearable LEDs and Accessories

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Add LEDs to clothing using conductive thread Add LEDs to non-sewable projects using conductive tape

 

It's Easy - 5 steps

Step 1: Pick Your Canvas

Any Wearable can be your canvas
Any item can be your canvas! If the item is a wearable or cloth, the LEDs are connected by sewing them together with conductive thread. If the item is not "sewable", the LEDs are connected by soldering to conductive copper tape. For our example, we are going to create a light up Halloween Costume for the newest addition to our family.

Step 2: Plan Your Design

How many LEDs will be on your creation? What colors? AMX3d's LEDs are available in 7 colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Orange, Amber and White.

Is the canvas sewable, in which case the LEDs will be sewn with conductive thread or is copper tape the best option?

For our costume, we wanted to light up the pumpkin's eyes with orange LEDs. We wanted them really bright, so we decided on a cluster of 5 LEDs for each eye. Our canvas was fabric, so we would use conductive thread and sew the LEDs. We planned the stitching and decided the best place for the power supply was on the bottom of the costume so the batteries would be easily accessible.

Step 3: Assemble the Components

Placeholder - Starter kits & LEds Placeholder - starter kit + 10 orange LEDs
Once you've decided on the number of LEDs, pick a power supply depending on the space available and the number of LEDs. AMX3d offers starter kits and supplement with any additional LEDs you may need. The conductive thread comes in 10 Meter (about 30 feet) spools, so if you will be sewing a large pattern consider picking up additional thread. Planning our project, the recommended power supply for 10 LEDs called for the 3 AAA battery pack. We opted to increase the capacity to the 3 AA battery pack - space and weight weren't an issue and it might be a long night Trick or Treating! We added the conductive thread starter kit and 10 orange LEDs. We opted for the Jewel LEDs because they are black in color and would blend into the black fabric eyes.

Step 4: Stitch the LEDs

Place the LEDs onto your canvas. They can be placed as you stitch or glued with a gluestick or hot glue gun if desired. Arrange the LEDs with all od the "+" terminals in one "path" and all of the "-" in another, testing as you go. Complete instructions for sewing and connecting are included in the starter kit or available for download. We arranged the LEDs and, following the instructions, stitched the "+", then the "-" terminals. Our "+" and "-" threads did not cross, If they had we would have made sure one was on top of the fabric and the other below. We then stitched the thread to the bottom of the costume.

Step 5: Insulate the Conductive Thread

Seal all conductive thread and exposed connection pads with the insulator of your choice. For this project, we used black flexible adhesive hot glue sticks so the sealer would blend with the black fabric for the eyes.

Step 5: Connect the Power

Stitch the conductive thread to the spot where you'd like the power supply. Stitch the "Power Supply Bridge" terminals to the "+" and "-" terminals respectively. Plug the power supply in, secure it to the canvas and turn on the switch! All set for Halloween!

Project Suggestions

Light Up Pumpkin Costume For the New Baby Light up Hat Light up Mask

 

Wearable LED Kits

LED Kits powered by CR2032 Coin Cell Batteries - small, compact - great for powering up to 5 LEDs.  Wire with conductive thread or wire.

 
LED Kits with AA/AAA Battery holders. Excellent power reserve, 4.5 Volts of power for exceptionally bright LEDs.