What is the best direction to go in for LED accent lighting/throwies on a budget that demands maximum bang for the buck?
So, we're getting married in a few months and doing alot of the planning, cooking, incidentals, ourselves for ideological and monetary reasons.
One of the 'honey-do' items I've been tasked with is the purchasing and construction of LED accent lighting
. That's my kinda project and I think it'll really make for an impression on our guests, plus we can take all those suckers apart after the festivities and I'll have a ton of LEDs to give away or play with for future projects (LED solar garden lights anyone?)
. We might even work them into the favors for our guests somehow. Who knows...
Don't worry about the mason jar aspect of the supplies, between family and our stash we'll have plenty. I've also got a TON of hard drive magnets that I can use for the 'throwie' aspect of things. I just need sources for the LED and batteries. Based upon the tutorials I've seen it looks like a 10mm (preferably diffused) LED and CR2032 coin cells
are the norm for these projects, but I'm open to discussion as to their suitability.
Things/Sources I've already discovered:
-- I know supplies like this are more affordable in bulk, if the deal is right I'd be ok with buying supplies to make between 100 and 300 (or even 500 in a pinch
-- The fiance prefers the colors white, blue, and green, with the majority being white. There is some room to wiggle here, but not much and only if there's a good reason.
-- I've found some sources already
but I'm unsure about the following things...
Major talking points/questions:
1) Am I on the right track with my chosen design? I don't really have a reason to go with 10mm LEDs and that model of coin batteries. Any insight into the how's or why these are the best choice would be appreciated. For example, it looks like these 'x-type' LEDs
are quite a bit cheaper so why not use those instead?
2) The sites in the links above seem to be the best I've found so far. To their credit I've heard good things about them and their website has that smell of 'industrial supplier, take us or leave us' that makes me get all warm and fuzzy when I go to see pricing. Do you know of any better site/deals for me to purchase from?
3) I'd take any help at all regarding designing the actual lighting devices themselves but I'm thinking of keeping it pretty simple with the mason/random jar idea and supplemented by throwies in strategic places.
Thanks ladies and gents for all the helpful advice that I know is inbound soon!