Up Your Lighting Game - Inexpensive Multi-Colored Pin Lights
Here's a quick project that you could do in an evening to take your lighting up a notch -
Pin lights - those tiny, hidden lights that add just the right amount of magic to everything... Here's a quick and CHEAP method I've used to build these.
Let's do this!
Amazon LED flashlights (or any type you like)
Amazon Colored lighting gels
Black Duct Tape and Aluminum Tape from Hardware Store
Step 1: Cut Out the Lighting Gel Insert
You could skip this step if you're going for bright white pin lights everywhere, however, if you want to tweak the colors and add small pin "splashes" of highlights, you'll need some color gel material to get started.
Simply cut out little shapes (circles with wings) by tracing around the lens of your LED and leave little tabs (wings) so they help stay taped down.
Just by holding the gel up to the light, you can see the color shift!
Take a strip of duct tape and secure the colored gel by the wings around the front end.
To keep the lights from becoming noticeable, make a tape hood using duct tape and aluminum foil tape around the lens to hide the beam as it exits the flashlight
I make these using a strip of duct tape with a piece of aluminum foil tape stuck to the top. The aluminum foil tape does a couple of things:
1) Keeps the duct tape from folding up on itself and sticking to the lens
2) Adds reflectivity to shine brighter
3) Adds opaqueness to the somewhat transluscent duct tape.
Part 3: Roll 'em tight
Once the hood is wrapped around - like a tube, trim the side with scissors to allow more light to exit.
Then, wrap the whole thing in black duct tape to hide it.
You can even use this technique on the larger LED yard lights (the large one above was $6 from Home Depot).