I got a couple of new LEGO compatible lights from LiteUp Blocks recently that I wanted to show you. As you may remember, LiteUp Blocks is a small Hong Kong based company that makes LEGO compatible light-bricks. Their original product is similar to the official LEGO light-brick, but in more colors and sizes. They are a fun way to light up your LEGO creations. (You can find links to my previous reviews at the end of this post). Since then they added some new products that offer some more interesting options. 🙂
The first new LEGO light solution is the Light-Up Bar. These are basically LEGO compatible plates that currently come in four sizes (1×4, 1×6, 1×8 and 1×10 studs long) and two colors (white or yellow), with very tiny LED lights installed at the bottom of the plates. You can attach them to the bottom of LEGO bricks, plates, etc. (like for example under the ceiling of a LEGO house to light up the inside, or to add outdoor lighting to your LEGO City street). The lights are nice and bright. The Light-Up Bar is connected to a USB plug with a thin cord (about 12 inches long) that is not too hard to hide in between studs or under plates. You will need a USB charger to power the light. If you are planning to use more than one Light-Up Bar it is probably best to use a charger with multiple USB ports (you can get them at electronics stores and they are also available on Amazon). Prices are $1.75-$3.00 each Light-Up Bar, depending on the size. These are a streamlined and great-looking solution for lighting up your LEGO creations without having to install LED lights and wiring yourself. (Please note that the 1×4 plate in the picture below is turned on – thus the bright white light.)
The second new product from LightUp Blocks is a Street Lamp Post. These look similar to LEGO’s own standard street lights, but they actually light up! They are perfect for a LEGO Modular Buildings or other LEGO City dioramas! The Street Lamp Posts currently come in two colors (white or black), and there are two options for the power-source. One version of the Street Lamp Post comes with a thin 12 inch cord and a USB plug, so you can plug it into an electric outlet via a USB charger. The other option is battery operated. In this case the Street Lamp Post is permanently attached to 2×3 LEGO brick-size base that holds the cell-batteries, and it operates with an on/off switch. The wired version is great for more permanent LEGO displays because there is no need to change batteries and they blend in perfectly in the LEGO landscape – all you have to do is hide the thin wires. The battery-powered version is a good option for mobile dioramas and vignettes that you need to move around and doesn’t need to be turned on as often.
There are some other fun LEGO compatible lights LightUp Blocks have been working on. There is one called the SpotLite, which is basically a reading light attached to a LEGO brick – I can’t really think of how I would use these myself, but someone may find them useful. Then there are also some very tiny 1×1 and 1×2 stud light-bricks, but I think those are not yet available. If you are interested in any of the products by LightUp Blocks, you can visit their online store at LightUpBlock.com, or their Facebook Page. Especially with the holidays coming up, these may be a great way to add some magic to your LEGO Halloween and LEGO Christmas displays.
So what do you think? Do you like adding lights to your LEGO creations and displays? What do you use to light them up? And how do you like these LEGO street lights and other light solutions by LightUp Blocks? Do you have any already? Feel free to share your own review, thoughts, or questions in the comment section below! 😉
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