Patio light strings are really popular and attractive and with good reason. Small wonder if you want to make your own. The sea of commercially available ones may seem generic and inundating to you, and the challenge of embarking into something new may be more than enough motivation.
In part, you may have your percussion array, bass, drums, nickel and whatnots. But patio lights give out a different effect to their viewers. The lights at outdoor parties are often made attractive by patio light strings. You take your pick among making it look like curtains, a red bracelet, or whatever tickles your fancy.
- Conducting cable. Any patio light string begins with the unglamorous conducting cable. You will need some electronics knowhow to be able to pull this off. But not so much as to pull your brains dry. The good thing about conducting cables is that they are universal. They comprise two internal wires that are intertwined and must be connected to the light bulb to produce that blinking effect that we see.
- LED bulbs. They are the life of your patio light strings. Patio lights will cease to be lights without the LED. In making this, you do not just concern yourself with the wiring but more on the content of the wiring. The LED bulbs come in a few classic colors, just make sure that you are able to alternate bright and dark shades to ensure friendly register to the eyes of your viewers.
- Power source. You have three general options: solar, AC/DC or battery source. The best for environment friendly pursuits will be solar power, but you will need an illuminator to be able to use it. The more common is the battery or the AC/DC current from your usual power source at home. Make sure that the voltages are matched to the capacity of your LED lights.
- Design or theme. Your patio light strings will not be unique if you will just pattern it with generic designs like those of Christmas lights and many others. If you have a theme in mind, unleash your creativity and present your patio lights in that way.
- Solder the LED and wire together. This is the most menial part of the task. You need to solder the LED and wire so that the power source will flow its current through the individual bulbs. You might need a lot of electric tape on this particular step, since you will have to ensure safety of handling the lights once they are running.
- Casing or cushion for your LED. You can also get creative with this one. You can use just about anything just as long as it doesn't catch fire or something to that effect. Transparent casings, egg shells and other perforable items can be used for this. Your patio light strings will be up and running in no time with these casings intact.