Adding LED lights to Nerf blasters – Beginners Tutorial
Adding LED lights to Nerf blasters – Beginners Tutorial – Hi guys, I’ve literally just finished my first attempt at adding an LED with switch to a Nerf gun, and it actually worked! I figured if I can do it with no electronic experience, anyone can and other people might like to know how to do it, so I’m knocking up this beginners tutorial for adding an LED to your Nerf or other blaster weapons. I just want to point out that I’m a total noob and this tutorial should be read with that in mind. I worked off EXACTLY what the guy in the electronics store told me and an image one of my awesome Facebook commenters had linked to (Thanks Skawticide).
How to add LED lights to your Nerf / Blaster – Shopping!
What you will need
Some of the bits you will need for LED magic
First up I was under the impression I would walk into the electronics store, buy a bag of colored LED lights, wire, soldering iron, solder, switches and some batteries, head home and bam, but apparently it’s not that easy.
You will need all of those things, but I was also told I’d need resistors (I watched a few tutorials and none of them used these, I also downloaded an image and it too bypassed them). To complicate things further you need specific resistors dependent on the color of the LED you’re using… weird. One resistor works with orange, red and yellow (RR0531 0.5W 20R). If you want a white, blue or green LED it’s a different resistor (RR0524 0.5W 10R).
LED light tutorial – Equipment
LED lights (I got an assortment of 3 and 5mm)
LED Bezels (this was a personal choice so it looks neat)
Lithium batteries (3V)
Switches (slide or flick)
Drill (various drill bits)
Good strong tape
How to add LED lights to your Nerf / Blaster
First things first
Here it is, in the flesh basic LED circuit for Nerf
TEST the LED! Don’t solder that part of the circuit until you know it’s definitely working. One leg on an LED – I’m told – is negative, one positive, if it doesn’t work, flip the battering, if it still doesn’t work.. it’s a dud.
Cut your wire to the length you need and strip the ends so you can solder them.
When soldering the switch make sure one of the wires goes through two sections.
Readying the Nerf / Blaster for the LED and switch
Drill baby drill!
Try and keep it neat! Make sure it's secure.
Time to take a drill to the blaster you’re modding… MAKE SURE where you’re placing the switch and LED isn’t going to interfere with any of the moving parts and leaves room for the blaster to go back togther.
Work out where you’re going to drill the holes for the LED and the switch. I used a flick switch because it goes through a circle hole and bolts into place.. very neat, it also has a bit more retro flair than a flat slide switch 🙂
I started with a small bit and worked my way up to the size needed, but that’s up to you.
Nerf Vortex Proton with LED light and switch
Once it’s all in place, tape or glue all the wires and obviously test it prior to that and again once it’s all secure.
Put the blaster back together and test the blaster and LED. If it’s all good, put the screws back in.. sorted!
Nerf / Blaster LED modding
Things to note!
Bigger, better, brighter LEDs will need more power and in turn use more power. I found some amazing red LEDs in a beautiful silver frame and nut system.. sooo sweet and the wires were already attached ready for the switch etc. According to the guy in the store it would need a huge battery to run it and if using stacked lithium batteries they wouldn’t last very long at all. Bummer.
Assuming the guy in the store was right, you need specificl resistors dependent on LED color.
LED bezels will make the finished mod look that little bit more professional, hold the LED in place and they’re a few cents each.
If you’re young and going to use a soldering iron.. make sure you get an adult to help!
I hope this tutorial has helped you in some way.
This LED light basic tutorial for adding to Nerf and other blasters was written for GirlyGamer.com.au. It will also appear on Facebook.com/Nerfenstein why not join me there!