GhostGuy wrote:Hey guys, I found these light sticks at Home Depot. They're with the saftey equipment in the aisle with the nuts and bolts:
They have three or four modes, some flashing, some with a flashlight in the base on as well. They'd work well as a power cell, or on the end of a proton gun! They come in green, blue, and red, and could easily be cut down to whatever length you need. They're about 7" long.
In regards to these light sticks, I just bought a couple, and I have some great news to report!
First, in case you missed it, AC Moore has orange ones.
Second, I dissaembled one last night and it turns out that the circuit inside the handle is one tiny circuit board with tiny pushbutton switch acitvated by the larger switch on the outside of the casing. When you remove it from the casing you get a tiny plastic cylinder which has 3 button cells in it, which is only slightly too large to fit inside the thrower's barrel. But when you remove two tiny screws from the bottom and pull out the batteries, you can remove that plastic casing and put the batteries back in, and it then fits easily inside the barrel! Plus there's a tiny reflector in the main casing for the flashlight part which you can probably get out of there somehow, and which also looks like it might fit in the barrel!
These sticks have several modes. Flashlight on, glow stick on, glow stick and flashlight on, and glowstick flash. In the flash mode, it flashes about 2 times a second.
I think I'll be grabbing a second light stick from AC moore today, because I can put the orange end of one pointing out the thrower or out the bar graph and have it flash, and the other one I can have lit solid and have the white light pointing towards the front of the gun box and the orange light pointing out the back where the bargraph display is. And the red LED cap will serve to color the light coming from that red. So I'll have all accurate colors. Plus there's a 40% off coupon on acmoore.com but they're on sale for only $4 right now so you can't use that unless they go back to being $7.
Oh and did I mention the light stick part of the thing would be an acceptable substitute for clear tubing if you're building a pack on the cheap?