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Wireless LED Puck Lights?Wireless LED Puck Lights?Ask MFC

izouizou1 month ago
Heya MFC. I recently ordered two white Billy bookshelves along with four glass shelves, which I should be getting fitted in around two weeks. I did want the height extension shelves and Morliden doors as well, but it looks like Ikea don't deliver them online at this time.

In the meantime however, I've been looking into lighting for them, and after spending many hours looking into popular lighting choices for figure collectors, I've decided that traditional LED lights are too much of a pain in the neck for me, and I'd much rather not have to worry about wiring etc.

So as I tried looking outside the popular choices, I came across wireless LED puck lights such as these (1) (2). I was thinking of buying two packs, since I'd want two under the top shelves, and two under the middle fixed shelves, so eight in total, but I first wanted to know if any other figure collectors have had any experience with wireless LEDs, and if so, if there is any advice you could give me? Any other suggestions for specific wireless LEDs are also welcome, especially if they're available in the UK.
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Such things do work but it's a crap solution.
Have some myself but because they are remote control they always 'listen' if there is a signal from the remote, which needs power.
The result is that after 2 or 3 months even when not using them the batteries are dead.
And at least one of 3 batteries (in my case) is so dead that it takes a few attempts with 2-3 different battery chargers to recharge it.

So. Can't recommend it.
1 month ago
I actually just installed some of these on my shelves! My biggest piece of advice is to not use the adhesive that comes with the lights. My shelf is laminate and the lights all fell off overnight (thankfully not hurting any of my figures...) I ended up using Gorilla mounting tape and it works great. Also, as others have mentioned, the batteries are a pain to keep replaced if you use the lights a lot. I haven't kept mine turned on for long periods of time so I cannot speak from personal experience, but they're probably not something that you want to keep turned on 24/7.
1 month ago
Had some of these when I still had Detolfs. Wouldn't recommend it to be honest. I didn't use them very often or very long. If you use them for a whole evening or so, you can be pretty sure that you have to switch the batteries the next day.
1 month ago
crovaxiii1 month ago#96517618I use the AA variety similar to the second link you posted. They're good for getting light to places that your ambient room lighting might not, so your idea for putting them under fixed shelves is ideal. All I would recommend is investing in at least twice as many rechargeable batteries than your lights will use and a large enough charger to accommodate at least most of them. Mine tend to last 2-3 days if they are on all the time. I think I've decided I'll probably buy the AA lights, but I'll try them out with standard batteries first to see if I like them for sure before investing in rechargeables, since they're rather pricey.
1 month ago
I use the AA variety similar to the second link you posted. They're good for getting light to places that your ambient room lighting might not, so your idea for putting them under fixed shelves is ideal. All I would recommend is investing in at least twice as many rechargeable batteries than your lights will use and a large enough charger to accommodate at least most of them. Mine tend to last 2-3 days if they are on all the time.
1 month ago
izou1 month ago#96517582It looks like the ones in the first link are AAA, while the second link ones are AA. Would it be better to go for the AA ones then? Regardless, neither have built in batteries, so I would probably have to invest in rechargeable ones. Also I'd only be sticking them on the wooden parts of the shelves (top and middle) so they can shine down on the glass shelves. Hopefully cleaning the tape off wood won't be as much of a pain as it would with glass. Thanks for the tips though, especially about rechargeable batteries!

I looked a little closer at the ones you posted, and it looks like they have a mounting plate, so that makes it one less worry. Since you would be mounting them to wood, maybe you could use screws instead of double sided tape for a more secure mount. As for AA vs AAA, AA's are larger, so they'll typically last longer, but they also weigh more and require a physically bigger light to mount them in if that's a concern.
1 month ago
murialita1 month ago#96517344I don't really have experience with these types of lights, but all of my main concerns relate to the batteries.
1. How long do the batteries last? If you have to change them every few days, that's too much hassle, imo. Once a month might be ok.
2. What type of batteries do they take? Standard AA's? Or a built in battery pack that you have to plug in to charge?
3. How easy is it to change the batteries? I'm guessing there's like a mounting plate that sticks onto the glass, and the the light module attaches to that, but if not, it could be a pain trying to clean the tape off the glass and replace it whenever you change batteries.
4. How bright are the lights? Are they too dim trying to save battery life?
I'd say if you go for this style of light, get one that either has built in rechargeable batteries, or get one that takes standard AA's, and invest in a bunch of rechargeable AA batteries (at least twice what you need so you always have a set charged and ready to go). It may be more expensive up front, but you'll probably save money in the long run.
It looks like the ones in the first link are AAA, while the second link ones are AA. Would it be better to go for the AA ones then? Regardless, neither have built in batteries, so I would probably have to invest in rechargeable ones. Also I'd only be sticking them on the wooden parts of the shelves (top and middle) so they can shine down on the glass shelves. Hopefully cleaning the tape off wood won't be as much of a pain as it would with glass. Thanks for the tips though, especially about rechargeable batteries!
1 month ago
I don't really have experience with these types of lights, but all of my main concerns relate to the batteries.

1. How long do the batteries last? If you have to change them every few days, that's too much hassle, imo. Once a month might be ok.

2. What type of batteries do they take? Standard AA's? Or a built in battery pack that you have to plug in to charge?

3. How easy is it to change the batteries? I'm guessing there's like a mounting plate that sticks onto the glass, and the the light module attaches to that, but if not, it could be a pain trying to clean the tape off the glass and replace it whenever you change batteries.

4. How bright are the lights? Are they too dim trying to save battery life?

I'd say if you go for this style of light, get one that either has built in rechargeable batteries, or get one that takes standard AA's, and invest in a bunch of rechargeable AA batteries (at least twice what you need so you always have a set charged and ready to go). It may be more expensive up front, but you'll probably save money in the long run.
1 month ago
AkiraSatou1 month ago#96516840I have some wireless puck lights that I put into my Billy, they are fairly bright and comparable to LED light strips, though it doesn't give the same effect for figure display.
For the top of my Billy, I put in 4 wireless puck lights, but I wired LED light strips into the rest of my shelves. This is because aesthetically, puck lights don't look great if you are putting them under every single shelf.
Oh I see!! Since most of the shelves on my Billy are going to be glass, I was only thinking of only putting them under the top and middle wooden shelves, as mentioned in the article. Having lights under every shelf would probably be excessive.
1 month ago
I have some wireless puck lights that I put into my Billy, they are fairly bright and comparable to LED light strips, though it doesn't give the same effect for figure display.

For the top of my Billy, I put in 4 wireless puck lights, but I wired LED light strips into the rest of my shelves. This is because aesthetically, puck lights don't look great if you are putting them under every single shelf.
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