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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Ottawa Ont. Canada

    Default Hallowe'en lighting effects

    This year due to COVID situation, in my area door-to-door will be curtailed, maybe not even
    happen. I guess for me it's down to "celebrating" Hallowe'en with lighting effects; stuff that's
    visible from the street.

    I stick to practical things which get re-used year after year until they wear out.
    Many items listed have other uses throughout the year.

    I will miss changing my porch light to a (real) near-UV CFL lamp which causes certain
    costumes (or parts of) to light up; always a hit. I would carry a small UV flashlight to point at
    things for added effect.

    Here are some ideas, things I do or might try.

    (1) I string up some ac-powered orange LED Christmas lights in the front window; usually leave
    them on until Christmas lights go up in December.

    Orange is not common for Christmas lights, not always easy to find. Some orange specialty strings
    are available, but usually overpriced (until such time as they are cleared out if any are left).

    (2) Some regular LED bulbs get changed out for different colours such as orange, blue or purple.
    I acquired at low cost some low-power RGB ac LED bulbs with remote control, which are great
    for this.

    (3) A couple of small xenon strobes running at different rates, visible through upstairs window,
    resembles lightening flashes.

    (4) RBG LED strips powered from USB. They should run several hours from a small USB Li-ion battery
    pack, no need for ac plug-in; might put one on the porch.

    One aspect of low-cost strips, primary colours are good but some of the mixed colours like
    orange and yellow are not all that great, but OK. More expensive strips probably do a better job.

    (5) UV porch light as noted earlier but to light up some stationary objects such as white sheets.
    Flashlight probably not that useful without kids visiting.

    (6) Short strings (10-20) of orange or purple LEDs (dollar store) powered by AA cells, placed

    (7) Flickering pumpkin lights. Small battery-powered amber flickering LED module sits
    atop a small pumpkin and shines through the top cutout. In this case not a real
    pumpkin but small one made of hollow wax! Small ornament sit on railing outside.


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    *Flashaholic* PhotonWrangler's Avatar
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    Oct 2003
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    Default Re: Hallowe'en lighting effects

    Dave, I've done the UV porch light in the past also. It brings delightful reactions from kids whose costumes suddenly light up with an eerie glow. I've also used UV to light up an almost life sized GITD skeleton as well as GITD spider webs on the front bushes.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Ottawa Ont. Canada

    Default Re: Hallowe'en lighting effects

    Well...pretty official around here, door-to-door is being discouraged (though not outright disallowed)
    due to being in COVID "red" zone. Guess I will do some lighting effects which can be seen from the street.
    Bought some treats though may end up eating most or all of them.

    Recently in Home Depot I saw 100-string of orange LED lights (plug-in) for $18 (-$5 off) but still a bit
    steep given that similar strings in other colours were $10; and I've picked up some C7 50-strings at
    end of season for as low as $3 (pretty good quality at that).

    So this year I'll use the battery-powered orange strings, should be fine for a few evenings.

    Discovered I have a solar-powered string (50) of orange but the battery was dead; wasn't lighting up
    and didn't notice. It will work in a pinch by sticking in a fully-charged NiMH or an alkaline AA.


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