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Re: Moon Lights - Color choices for the DIYer

Dave noted that the CustomSeaLife new Moonlights 

> . . . are not red, but whiteish gray, in an
> attempt to simulate 
> moonlight. . . .

A couple of years ago, only blue ultrabright/superbright
LEDs were commonly available.  But you can now get
superbright or ultrabright LEDs in all kinds of colors now
they've figured out that they can dope the diode with
different phosphorescents.

You can get aqua, green, blue, light blue, yellow, orange,
warm white and very cool white.  Some of the superbrights
that are sold in colors have colored lenses.  But the
really good ones have clear or nearly clear lenses. 

You can mix them up to get a lot of varied color effects. 
Several whites mixed with a blue or two gives a very nice
moonlight effect.  YOu can get a very nice balanced white
light by mixing blue, red, green.

Here's a good place I found that charges pretty reasonable
prices for very nice superbright LEDs:


Shipping is about $5.

The reds tend to require half the voltage of the other
colors, so if you're going to mix them, one way to balance
things out is the way Chuck Gadd did it, using two blue (or
better one blue and one green) in parallel per each pair of
red LEDs in series.  You can find wall warts in all kinds
of voltage at Parts Express, Mouser, and at the site Chuck
mentions, Goldmine-elec.com.

Hey, Chuck, you going to the AGA convention in Dallas in

Scott H.

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