(Written by Shade Snake)
Would you like to light up your LEGO sets? Brightening up your LEGO cities, cars, spaceships, and other LEGO creations, and make them come alive? LEGO does provide a light & power kit, but unfortunately it is $30, you only get 2 lights, and the battery-pack is really big! 🙁
However there is another solution for LEGO-fans: LifeLites! LifeLites provides micro lighting-systems, so you can easily add dynamic lighting effects to LEGO models, model railroads, dollhouses, and more!
The starter kit costs half the price of the LEGO lights, but gives twice the lights! Also, LifeLites are small and can fit anywhere. At the size of a LEGO brick these might as well be the smallest lighting kits in the world!
Just plop in your LifeLites kit where a 2×4 brick would go, leave a little area for the lights to go through, hook them up under a clear brick and there you go; lights in you LEGO bricks! 😛
LifeLites are used by many LEGO fans already. At the LifeLites Media Gallery you can view hundreds of LEGO creations with LifeLites. I included a few of them here for you to see. Also, for those of you who watch Maxx’s LEGO adventures in the Hero Factory episode you can see lots of them. And they even have a light-up lightsaber-blade for your Jedi Knights!
You can also automate LifeLites kits to light-up in certain sequences such as: Chase, Machine Gun, Fire, and Arc Welder. In the starter-kit alone there are 32 different kinds of variations. And most of the patterns come with two to three selectable speeds! Here is a great video to show some more LEGO models with LifeLites:
So what kind of LEGO creations can you use LifeLites for? Here is a small list I made up with ideas: traffic lights, house lights, car lights, eyes, airline lights, store lights, crystals, fires, light-up a displays, machine guns, spacecrafts, Christmas lights, engine throb, arc welder, airport runway, headlights, lasers, spotlights… as you can see, pretty much anything you can imagine! So I encourage you to play with the lights yourself and see what you can create. 🙂
If you are interested to try out LifeLites, you can buy the kits at their website at LifeLites.com. You can also get separate cables (such as flashing red, blue, multicolor and more), batteries and other accessories. And you may also want to check out LifeLites Flickr Gallery for more ideas and LEGO creations with LifeLites: LifeLites Flickr Gallery.
So what do you think? Do you like to add lights to your LEGO creations? Have you tried LifeLites before? Share your thoughts and comments below! Also, this is my first post here, so feedback is appreciated! Thanks! 😉
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Great post Shade Snake. 🙂
Thanks legolotr (Nick). I hope to do something about Lego social. I thought that everybody would of already known about that and would not of liked it so much.
Secret. You can find it on LEGO.com
I couldn’t find it. 🙁
you have to go to create and share (on the top bar.) to get to it.
I think LEGO social is definitely a worthy candidate for a post. Remmeber; there are a lot of people here who are not that familiar with LEGO; they are just starting out with the hobby or restarting after a long time. But whatever you decide to write, the important thing is always to be helpful to readers. To give them something they could learn from or get inspired by. 😉
i want to bye this lego because my lego do not have light and i want my lego to have light so please tell me wher to buy this lego and please!!!!
Nya, read the article. All details are there.
Is the lightsaber connected to a cord?
The lights are amazing though, the cables are really small. Can’t wait to get some.
Nice. I really like the lightsaber kits. My local hobby shop has BrickBrites which are LED bricks you tap to activate but LifeLites look more versatile and better suited to building.
Yea. I have seen lots of creations. They look seamless.
Wow those are really cool.
LifeLites have been featured in some of the Miniland Star Wars models at Legoland CA, and more recently made an appearance in a life sized brick built Gandalf at San Diego Comic Con.
Nice! Thanks for sharing! 😀
I want the lightsaber kit!!!
Hey guys, the really annoying thing is that the postage prices are going up for lifelites.
USPS shipping went up in February very significantly. It was the largest price-raise ever. Especially for international packages. Unfortunately this means that online sellers have to adjust their prices, otherwise they would have to pay shipping out of their own pocket. Which, for small hobby sellers, is pretty much impossible if they want to stay in business. 😕