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Cosplay Tutorial – LED Basics

September 13, 2019

hey guys it’s time for new video tutorial this time I wanted to show you how to install simple lights into your props and costumes because lights are awesome they just make everything better everything everything just make a prop or costume out of cardboard add LEDs and boom Wow pure gold so let’s get started all you need to begin is an LED and the button cell battery just slide the LED over the battery and it will light up no solder ring necessary you can even add as many LEDs as you want just keep in mind it will drain your battery much faster if you just wrap some tape around you can directly use it in your costume now if you want to be able to turn the lights on and off you need a switch a battery holder also make swapping batteries a lot easier and wire keeps everything together a solder ring iron is basically like a hot glue gun just for LEDs make sure to clean the tip often and then just use your solder to glue your parts together first let’s get to the center of the cable by using this cheap but super useful wire stripper if you want to save money you can make a helping hand out of a spray can cap just cut it twice and stick your parts and I still prefer to use the original go now drilled ex-post works a bit and fix them using a tool of choice connect the red cable with the long leg of the LED that’s the plus pole and the black cable with the short leg that’s the – pull add some solar to both connections and the LEDs read a switch needs to be able to open and close your circuit so I just made a cut into the cable make sure to use the middle and one other pin to connect it properly the last step is to solder the red cable to the plus pole of the battery holder the black one belongs to the other side well and as soon as you place the battery into the holder and turn on the switch the LED lights up it’s magic we still need to insulate the worse with some tape to make sure they don’t touch each other same goes for the switch and a battery holder if you want you can create a fancy light of both your circuit grab an acrylic sphere and sand the surface until it’s milky organza fabric a packing material a perfect to spread the light inside the globe tada pretty isn’t it so you’re probably curious where I hide my circuits and batteries right for the photon projector of Sumitra I place it at the bottom for example now where’s the battery in the sword it’s right under one of this plate thingies and do you already know where you will hide your next LED circuit thanks for watching guys I really hope this tutorial was helpful for your upcoming costumes and if you want to learn more just check out my LED book on my website already thanks a lot for your support and well bye-bye see you next time you Oh pure gold

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  • Reply Sherild Rivera June 28, 2017 at 1:49 am

    where can I get the switches?

  • Reply Beatrice Bocci June 29, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Kamui! i'm so happy i've met you in Toscana <3 you're lovely

  • Reply Zammmeh July 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    "time for a new wideo tutorial"

  • Reply SamicUniverse July 24, 2017 at 4:01 am


  • Reply Shenny4everTBBT July 28, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Could you use normal hot glue instead of soder to put the wires onto the led?

  • Reply Anime lord August 3, 2017 at 3:28 am

    I just use cheap color changing led candles

  • Reply Tanaris De la tormenta August 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I got jealous of your weapons on the background :((( I want all of it (you so cool¡¡¡)

  • Reply HOZ CHOPPERS September 9, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    nice uiedeooooo 😂👍👍👍

  • Reply Serg Fernandez Ocampo September 12, 2017 at 2:32 am

    wwoooow!!! nunca vi un tutorial tan bueno como el tuyo, de verdad se ve que eres una persona muy amable… muchas gracias por tus videos. Saludos desde Bolivia!!

    wwoooow !!! I never saw a tutorial as good as yours, you really are a very kind person … thank you very much for your videos. greetings from Bolivia!!

  • Reply Shinra 974 September 12, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Awesome 😍

  • Reply bigsteed007 September 13, 2017 at 3:06 am

    No resistors needed? 🤷🏼‍♂️

  • Reply matylang September 21, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    What type of wire do you use? Is there a standard or common gauge for these types of projects?

  • Reply CandleKern September 24, 2017 at 6:45 am

    THATS AMAZING!!! 😀  I never thought about LED placement… xD

  • Reply Gear Head Aniki September 30, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Do you daisy chain the lights to hold multiple connections?

  • Reply Jasmin NGTV October 6, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Are you german? Becuase ur accent sounds like that.

  • Reply Camila Lauzem Previato Guimarães October 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    You're awesome!

    But how do you link all the LED to be controlled by a single switch?

  • Reply MMysterreal October 13, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Your workshop looks super cool. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply anabelenloki October 17, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for the tutorial this is very helpful!! Love from Spain ❤❤

  • Reply Bernard Urmston November 1, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    What's the name of the fabric that's used to help spread the light?

  • Reply townsville69 November 10, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Came for the LED's subed for the PEW PEW PEW 🙂

  • Reply Carolina Irene Soto November 10, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Thaaank youu so much! I love you! <3

  • Reply Nick Hansen November 15, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Very fun and helpful!

  • Reply Skaatje November 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    You are hilarious. Have my sub and a like please! 🙂

  • Reply Henke Thorsson December 17, 2017 at 12:42 am

    "Cuz lights are awesome, the just make Everyfhing awesome, EVERYFHING!" made me giggle xD

  • Reply ThornStreams December 27, 2017 at 2:39 am

    if anyone's of any help i'm extremely new to lighting on cosplay and electricity in general.
    if i were to use the exact same Leds shown in the video would 20 AWG wire be good?

    also where could i find switches for said wires. I've looked around amazon but since i don't know the specific name i'm scared of buying something that wont work.

    thank you for your time.

  • Reply Wolfie Funst January 18, 2018 at 2:00 am

    I attempted this without soldering and only using electric tape , works like a charm

  • Reply Damion Sailors January 18, 2018 at 2:43 am

    Damnnnnn….you're a ten pound bass! (a keeper)

  • Reply xxJustaGhost January 19, 2018 at 4:20 am

    Where did you get the tiny on off switch? I'm looking around amazon and ebay and I can't seem to find anything that small.

  • Reply CommanderTurk January 19, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Wth do you get the switches like in this video?, anyone give me a link to them via amazon or ebay uk?

  • Reply nipnuts January 22, 2018 at 4:46 am

    This is amazing, you’re truly incredible

  • Reply koichi masaka January 24, 2018 at 4:34 am

    I ask for code LED

  • Reply nipnuts January 24, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Where can I find the small LED switch you used?🤔

  • Reply J K January 27, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Hey, I'm struggling with my own led part of my costume and I think… You show that it is possible just to attach leds to a battery. If I put three leds in one battery like you did, how long it will work? Any calculations I could use? I don't need super powerful leds, those Christmas lights ones were good when I tried with them.

  • Reply Anno Picnymus February 16, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    THAT was the helpfull video i was looking for.

  • Reply Jenny Rakete March 1, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    3:30 "Platethingies" lmao ^^

  • Reply Kun Park March 13, 2018 at 9:22 am

    can you make overwatch mei's blaster?

  • Reply isiah bahe March 20, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    I love her accent

  • Reply Tiaam Du Nord April 9, 2018 at 4:58 am


  • Reply blindhorizon24 May 2, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Using LEDs without a resistor is basically killing the LED specially when using bigger batteries.

  • Reply Lumos_vs_Nox May 2, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    it kinda doesn't work maybe im too stupid or battery is too weak

  • Reply Von Degurechaff May 3, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Awesome! I got your book, going to use it to make T-elos cosplay from Xenoblade 2, also got your worbla book because i need aid with those also :P.

  • Reply Jin * May 6, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    I searched so long for tutorials… and i think that would be so Hard to learn.
    now i'm feeling like a little Idiot cause it is so easy. Tanks for helping

  • Reply Clay Howell May 8, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Where is a good place to buy LEDs like these or to order from? In California fyi. 🙂

  • Reply Asylas June 2, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    From where can I buy such small led?

  • Reply Yami sheepy June 4, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    What is the AWG of the wire?

  • Reply Stu Art June 7, 2018 at 7:27 pm

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  • Reply El Mutanto June 14, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    One thing though: in the other props you did use 9v batteries. It's a bit hard for me as I also used one in my own, but there was a problem: I needed to use resistors so the diodes wouldn't burn out, but after that three LED was the max. four LED caused all of them to emit half the light and another one caused no light at all. Could you do a more advanced one with just how to use different batteries? It would be very helpful.

  • Reply Patrick McGee June 26, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Can you provide links to battery holders and switches parts? Thanks very much

  • Reply Vanessa Soares de Oliveira Vallina July 1, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Very cool…..

  • Reply Chris Co July 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    100% German

  • Reply ember's page July 4, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    YES IT's AWESOME!!! <3 oh man i have been looking for this video for a long time! you are inspiration! design and function together! <3

  • Reply Oculas2003 July 6, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    This was really helpful – thanks!

  • Reply Beesintheknees July 9, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Yeah don't do the DIY spray paint top helping hand, I'm new to soldering and LEDs, I've burnt my hands so many times cause the top doesn't hold the wires firmly at all

  • Reply Andrés Rodríguez Pérez July 9, 2018 at 9:41 am

    You´re going to laugh but your tutorial is really usefull to make Custom bicycle headlights too 😀

  • Reply j-hope's cheekbones give me life July 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU so much, you've literally just solved my problem. I've commissioned my props for Combat Medic Ziegler, but I still need to make the armour for the arms which involve some LEDs. Well you've shown me just how easy it can be and I'm relieved haha. I'll get to work!

  • Reply STAR Darkness July 11, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I want to make my hands glow green for a shego cosplay but this will be harder than I thought…

  • Reply mahum July 15, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Ugh I want to cosplay as Connor from DBH but I have no idea how to make the teeny weeny led that's supposed to be on his head glow: (

  • Reply TheRoboo July 23, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Super tutorial 🙂 but, please use the positive lead to switch the LED, it is safer because the current is no longer applied to the LED.

  • Reply Keith Woodburn August 2, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Where can you find all these supplies at?

  • Reply RooBlu2 August 8, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Ok..this is alot easier than I thought it was gonna be.

  • Reply Christina Mendez August 11, 2018 at 5:07 am

    Love this, very helpful

  • Reply Zurgoll. August 19, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Bist du Deutsch?

  • Reply Jaylen Graves August 27, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Can you make halo5 warrior armor plz

  • Reply Michele Aldworth September 12, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Hi there. Great video you explain how to put something together so we'll. I will always watch them. I miss your puppies in this one though. They are so cute. Thank you again. God bless.

  • Reply Antony Coupe October 15, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Please tell us you're going to be at MCM comicon London October 27th 28th?! 😁😁😁

  • Reply DPLawlorFilms October 16, 2018 at 4:15 am

    she is adorable.

  • Reply Carly Hauser October 16, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you for simplifying everything! I know how to solder, but I didn’t know what components were necessary for the lighting circuits. Where do you get your supplies?

  • Reply Tora-chan November 12, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Woher habt ihr diese superkleinen Schalter? Finde immer nur diese klobigen großen…

  • Reply Alfredo Garcia November 13, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    I am looking for better ways for next years costume for Halloween.

  • Reply Laz Hobbies December 14, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you for the video! I'm working on Goblin Slayer so I'm going to try and attach some Red LEDS to an eyepatch to wear under the helmet.

  • Reply Shady Jimin December 17, 2018 at 9:55 am

    What do u call that globe thingy?

  • Reply Hiram Ochoa December 28, 2018 at 1:44 am

    what kind of plastic could you use for the blade of the sword ?

  • Reply DeZZer T January 13, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Ohne dich jetzt angreifen zu wollen, aber du lötest leider falsch. Ich habs gelernt und kann dir sagen, dass diese Lötstellen schnell den Geist aufgeben können (kalte Lötstellen). Für eine sichere und langanhaltend verlustfreie Lötstelle erhitzt man erst beide zu verlötenden Materialien und hält das Lötzinn auf die gegenüberliegende Seite vom Lötkolben. Schematisch also:
    Lötzinn | Material 1 | Material 2 | Lötkolben
    Sonst gehst du leider die Gefahr eines Funkenüberschlags und damit Brandgefahr, oder Lösen der Drähte und damit Kurzschlussrisiko ein.
    In einen anderen Video habe ich gesehen dass du glaube ich Li-PO Akkus benutzt, die Dinger sind zwar echt konstant und bieten eine gute Leistung, sind aber auch sau gefährlich und ich hoffe du lädst die mit einem Laderegler der auf die Ensprechende Spannung ausgelegt ist, außerdem hoffe ich dass du einen Tiefentladugsschutz mit einlötest, da die sonst schnell kaputt gehen und speziell auf die Gefahr von Li-Ionen Batterien solltest du bei so einem Thema vielleicht auch.
    ~Grüße gelernter Elektriker

  • Reply GoldEngineerMC / Official January 20, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Can you shoe us how to make Glowing Part on Glove ?

  • Reply S R January 27, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Where do you buy those LED light pins?

  • Reply Cristian January 28, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Le importaria poner subtitulos en español seria muy bueno para los que no sabemos ingles o sabemos muy poco

  • Reply Jd February 8, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Heriberto Uribe February 23, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    You are amazing!

  • Reply Rogueixpresents February 26, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    This is really impressive!

  • Reply Jay Mundo Makeup March 5, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Gostei muito.. Vou fazer tbm.. Pra colocar na minha roupa de cosplay

  • Reply slyer0 March 15, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    very cool video. I got an question I am trying something I read in you're book of LED basics. page 32 look at my orb my orb is amazing. I have sanded the inside only because I want the outside to stay reflective.alltough not fully sure about that. anyway. when painted and with the lights on it realy shows me the strokes of the paint brush making it look very ugly. is there anyway on how to prevent this? do I need to sand it more?

  • Reply ShadowcasterZero March 19, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    it's important to note if you use any battery other than a button cell you'll need to add a resistor to the circuit. otherwise you'll burn out your LED real quick!

  • Reply FyFu Fy March 31, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Deutsch bitte

  • Reply Davidian Bros Productions April 3, 2019 at 11:24 pm


  • Reply Candice Robson April 7, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    This is probably a stupid question, but where can I get the switches? I tried looking on Amazon but I can't tell which ones to get.

  • Reply Desi Sweets April 17, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I need to get your LED book so I can learn how to do stuff, I plan to put LEDs in some parts of my Lucario themed armor. They'll be in the staff(shaped like a bone to represent the Bone Rush move it learns) and in the palms of my gloves(for the Aura Sphere attack).

  • Reply Mary Treasure April 21, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    You are so coool…. you are the best!

  • Reply OverFLOw April 28, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I am no expert, but I recommend you to use a small resistor in series to your voltage source to avoid that the LED acts like a short circuit. This should keep your batteries alive much, much longer. Cool video though.

  • Reply Jason Mercado June 17, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Where can I get a battery holder and an on off switch ?

  • Reply MrTakeshi763 June 18, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you 🙏

  • Reply Samantha Willows July 11, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Where do you get all the supplies for the LEDs? If I look on Amazon what should I search for? Thanks

  • Reply scottgardener July 11, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks! It no longer feels so daunting!

  • Reply Uncle Tats Creative Shack July 25, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Omg I LOVE this video!! Why? Because I’m an idiot when it comes to electrical stuff and you made it super simple by breaking everything down into their simplest forms! Thank you !

  • Reply I did it July 28, 2019 at 4:41 am


  • Reply Hardstyler 86 August 9, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    if you want to have a higher spread of the light, sand down the tip of the LED flat. not too far to cause damage.

  • Reply Yuki Ikaros August 10, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Tolles Tutorial, wie immer. 🙂 Jetzt stellt sich mir nur die Frage, wo bekomme ich das ganze Zeug her. 😅 Kann ich das irgendwo im Baumarkt oder so kaufen, oder muss ich alles online bestellen?

  • Reply Raghnorak August 19, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    No pues si te la rifaste valedora, lo que sea de cada quien.

  • Reply Muhammet Şadan Kuzgun August 27, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Hi from Turkey 🇹🇷

  • Reply ThatRogueGuy August 29, 2019 at 3:17 am


  • Reply Michael H September 3, 2019 at 4:02 am

    Excellent video.
    Hey, what is the hot glue gun you use?

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