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Hey all,

I just bought a set of beautiful, wrought-iron lanterns that my group ideally would like to use as our only light source when playing Kingdom Death.

Obviously, I'm hesitant to put real flames near my $1,000 board game. But, most LED votives are pathetic when it comes to actual illumination.

Anyone have a resource for where to get great, super bright LED votives or small candle-style sources?
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I found in a thrift store a LED flashlight that is pretty darn bright for 1$. It runs on three AAA batteries.

Even the lesser versions can produce a fair amount of light. The trick is in disassembling the light and installing it in the lantern.

Speaking of lanterns. I have seen some little Everready LED lanterns that are supposed to be bright. Havent had a chance to try one yet.
 
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AzureLion wrote:
$1,000 board game.

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AzureLion wrote:
Hey all,

I just bought a set of beautiful, wrought-iron lanterns that my group ideally would like to use as our only light source when playing Kingdom Death.

Obviously, I'm hesitant to put real flames near my $1,000 board game. But, most LED votives are pathetic when it comes to actual illumination.

Anyone have a resource for where to get great, super bright LED votives or small candle-style sources?


Pinterest is your best friend in these cases - searching bright led candle leads to a ton of results - with photos:

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=bright%20led%20cand...

These promise "extra bright" whatever that means: http://www.lights.com/bulk-extra-bright-battery-lights-p-337...

But even more promising are these which would double as Christmas decor:
http://www.batteryoperatedcandles.net/W-A-p-christmas.html

You could put these in votive holders and fake it: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T7IOHN2/?ref=cm_sw_r_pi_awdm_CUy...
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ct5150 wrote:
AzureLion wrote:
$1,000 board game.

gulp


Some people just like nice things
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stephmo wrote:
AzureLion wrote:
Hey all,

I just bought a set of beautiful, wrought-iron lanterns that my group ideally would like to use as our only light source when playing Kingdom Death.

Obviously, I'm hesitant to put real flames near my $1,000 board game. But, most LED votives are pathetic when it comes to actual illumination.

Anyone have a resource for where to get great, super bright LED votives or small candle-style sources?


Pinterest is your best friend in these cases - searching bright led candle leads to a ton of results - with photos:

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=bright%20led%20cand...

These promise "extra bright" whatever that means: http://www.lights.com/bulk-extra-bright-battery-lights-p-337...

But even more promising are these which would double as Christmas decor:
http://www.batteryoperatedcandles.net/W-A-p-christmas.html

You could put these in votive holders and fake it: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T7IOHN2/?ref=cm_sw_r_pi_awdm_CUy...


Thanks for the feedback! I definitely have been scouring the net and have come up with lots of options. Was just hoping to stumble across someone who already did some serious comparison shopping for high luminosity votives.

I like your last suggestion a lot too, as I suspect that going for something outside of the votive line might be necessary to get enough illumination for reading cards, etc...
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The dollar store near me usually has small led flaslights. By small i mean about 2 inches long and a diameter not much bigger than a quarter. Maybe thos would work for you if theres a store near you who has them.
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Thats the sort I mentioned.

The really bright AAA one has 9 bulbs in it.

The smaller ones have 5.

And I just picked up a tiny one as a Tekumel prop thats got only 3 bulbs. Its not very bright though.

Also have a single bulb one that is brighter than the 3 bulber.

The 9-bulb one actually gets rather hot after a while.

I grab some every so often for projects or to leave around the house in case of a blackout.

I um... ahem... blew out one by hooking it up to a 9-volt battery. er... Dont do that... cry
 
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You could roll your own from something like this:

http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Seoul-Semiconductor/AN22...

It is a 2 watt / 65 lumen LED lamp module designed to be connected directly to your 110 VAC power line. You would have to figure out how to dress it up to look like a flame and still manage thermal dissipation, although 2 watts should be easy enough to shed into a wrought iron lantern frame.

[edit to add:]
Compare this lamp's 65 lumens to the 12 lumens of the "extra bright" tea lights mentioned above and to the 185 lumens of a 40 watt incandescent lamp selected at random from an internet search.
 
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The flash light I was talking about runs on a coin battery which is why it's smaller.

Also, you could take apart tea lights or some of these flash lights and just use the circuits can't you? There's a guy on Youtube called DM Scotty who plays rpgs and the crafts this guy makes are unbelievable! He often uses tea lights, some of his videos show how he takes them apart to use for things.

I'm thinking so far that the best bet would be to use a few of the small flash lights but place them in your lantern so that the light it gives off is even all the way around. You could use paper or some material to filter the light so that the lantern doesn't look like it has a bunch of little faeries flying around inside it (did I just use that analogy??)
 
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Omega2064 wrote:
The really bright AAA one has 9 bulbs in it.

The smaller ones have 5.

And I just picked up a tiny one as a Tekumel prop thats got only 3 bulbs. Its not very bright though.

Also have a single bulb one that is brighter than the 3 bulber.

The 9-bulb one actually gets rather hot after a while.


Generally the one emitter flashlights use Cree LED and are much brighter than the multi emitter ones.
I just bought some like this for $3 a crack and they're plenty bright:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CEOII9K?tag=article-boa...

I'd either look into camping lanterns, or if you want to make something custom go hang out at http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/ where all they talk about are flashlights.
 
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