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This set includes 39 individual LED lights. Great lengths have gone into highlighting all the wonderful details this set has to offer, including street lighting, flashing billboards and internal lighting!
This kit contains:
- 1 x AA Battery Pack (batteries not included)
- 12 x Flashing White Bit Lights
- 15x White Bit Lights
- 2 x Connecting Cables – 5 cm
- 3 x Connecting Cables – 15 cm
- 2 x Connecting Cables – 30 cm
- 3 x 12-Port Expansion Boards
- 1 x LEGO® Lamp Post With LED Installed
- 5 x LED Strip Lights (White)
- 4 x Adhesive Squares
- 2 x Assorted LEGO® pieces for assembly
One of the main products are the small LED boards. They measure only 4mm across and have 12″ thin wires and a small plug at the end. The light boards are little ample to match within 1×1 bricks or be tucked away into quiet little areas. The wires are thin enough that they can be routed through your MOC with relative ease. The plugs are small enough that they fit through headlamp bricks and Technic pins.
This micro scale does come at a rate although. The wires are fragile, through the program of undertaking this evaluate I broke two of them, and allow me to inform you, repairing elements this little is challenging. And if you have received sausage fingers like me (and fading, 40+ vision), you may possibly struggle connecting them. My information is get your time, be quite gentle and hardly ever force something. If it can be not going quickly, anything just could possibly break.
Yet another important part to this assortment is the LED Light Strip. This is a flexible, adhesive-backed strip with two LEDs inside and a plug at both finishes. They are designed to match properly on a 1×6 plate (which are included in the starter set, how great is that?) and owning the plugs at both end will allow you to chain them collectively. You can connect as numerous as you will need to get as a lot light as you will need. But from my knowledge, you will not will need as numerous as you consider, these things are Bright! For the cinema I only used 1 upstairs and two downstairs. I could have added more, but I did not want the inner lighting to compete also a lot with the external lighting. I was considering cinematically (sorry, I constantly do) if you major aim is illumination so you can within properly, you will not have any troubles with that. I have also viewed a check of 100 of these lit from a single battery pack, that’s a ton of light.
The final important part of this assortment is the two channel controller board. This is an electronic PCB with two electrical power ports, two output ports, a switch, a button and a dial. You connect electrical power to 1 finish, 1 or two lights to the other and you are in business enterprise. The button will allow you to pick amongst twelve distinct functions on the board. Every thing from airplane strobes to cannon fire and developing explosions, and from flickering flames to alternating lights. It also operates as a basic dimmer and has random functions. The dial controls the pace or brightness of any provided impact, building it quite versatile. The switch is for enabling a random mode, which I have not truly experimented with nonetheless. The board itself is relatively small, and has 4 holes in it that match snugly on studs, building mounting it a breeze. I needed the marquee to have some daily life so I used this board to manage the blinking lights beneath it. Yes, it would have been amazing to make the whole marquee light up, but that would taken at least thirty two lights (not to mention the rest of the cinema), I had eight, you do the math. I opted for a basic alternating light perform, and dialed the pace to a pleasing worth.
So how do you connect all these fantastic things? That’s another secret to the flexibility of this system. There are connector wires, ranging from 1.5″ to 24″ with plugs at each end. These plugs are considerably larger than the ones on the LED wires, which makes them a little harder to route, but a lot easier to connect. There’s also a set of Y splitter boards that come in two flavors. One has a single large connector to two large connectors, the other has one large to two small. Using the connector wires and these splitters you can build your lighting circuit with ease and near limitless variety.
This flexibility also comes at a cost. You will probably be surprised at the amount of wiring and splitter boards you go through very quickly. Leading to a bit of a wire management problem. The splitter boards also have no way to connect to the bricks. It would be great if they had a single stud hole so you could mount them some way. The picture below is the full wiring loom of the cinema, as you can see, things can quickly become a tangled mess if you aren’t methodical. Luckily Brickstuff includes some things to help in the starter sets, like 1×2 plates for holding wires and double sided adhesive pads for connecting lights or boards. It’s a delight to open a package and see that a company thought about how you would use their products and gave you everything you need. It’s like opening a piece of flat-pack furniture and finding a screwdriver, it’s just cool and thoughtful.
One thing that would alleviate some of tangle and surplus would be 4 way and 8 way splitters. I could have used a 4 way splitter a couple times in this set up and eliminated a lot of the excess. I know Brickstuff has lots of other ideas brewing, hopefully that’s one of them. Splitter “Y” cables would be handy too, eliminate a board for super simple connections.
I am truly impressed with this line of products, and I can’t wait to see what else comes from Bricksdelight in the near future. I also can’t wait to try these in a MOC of my own. I’ve also had great communication and help from Bricksdelight. It’s a small company, but they’re responsive and very friendly. A pleasure to deal with.
- Flexible, adaptable, expandable…so many options.
- Super bright.
- Tiny, easy to hide and place.
- Thin wires hide and route easily.
- Controller board has a ton of options and variability.
- Excellent battery life.
- Included extras like adhesive pads and plates.
- Quality, this isn’t some garage shop project, it’s all top quality.
- Multiple packages and kits to choose from, as well as individual parts.
The Not So Good
- Fragile, at least when you’re as ham fisted as I am.
- Can be fiddly and hard to connect, those are some very small connectors.
- Somewhat expensive, but you’re paying for quality.