I have a sparkleball situation coming up where there won’t be an outlet. Battery-powered lights were the obvious solution, but how good are they? Pretty great, according to the comments I read on Amazon for Vmanoo string lights. Folks rave about how long the batteries last. The lights are on a timer, and several commenters write that one set of D batteries (3) went the entire holiday season. I’m sold. I’ll report back when I see how much juice my battery-powered sparkleball has. (see below)
The lights I got– 100 multi “dancing” — are pretty darn bright. (see video below) There are a few drawbacks. One, the battery box is cumbersome and heavy, so you’ll have to find a place for it if you hang the sparkleball. Two, these are not recommended for bad weather. But that’s no problem if you just put your sparkleball out when you want it! How great would these be for a wedding in Vmanoo’s clear white battery lights? Next, rechargeable batteries :)
UPDATE: These battery lights are terrific. I can’t believe how long the batteries have lasted, and they’re super bright. Can recommend Vmanoo absolutely– and I’m sure there are other makers.
I bought these icicle lights online from Home Depot to try and make a star-shaped sparkleball in honor of Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights. It turned out pretty cool. The icicles poke out from the cups and make star points. Bonus, they’re programmed LEDs with great color-changing effects. (see video) I only wish there were more lights. The set only comes with 12.
Happy Diwali to Antzy, who shared his Diwali sparkleball from India and introduced me to this beautiful holiday.
How fun to find these lights at a 50% sale on Halloween lights at my Rite-Aid Pharmacy. There were 25 globes. So I had to space them randomly. Also I had checked before I bought them that the plastic globes popped off so I could insert the bulb, then replace the globe from inside the cup. It turned out great, and not just for Halloween.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with lights. Any bunch on a string will do. I recently made a sparkleball with LED icicle lights I’d found cheap after the holidays, and they worked really well. They seemed easier to insert than the usual mini’s, and their color is pretty. Carl uses old-school C9 bulbs in his retro ball.
Battery-powered lights are terrific! I like the ones that use “D” size batteries. They come with timers and multi-modes. How great it is to be able to carry my patio sparkleball in and out as needed, with no cord fuss.
You can also create a new effect by mixing lights. Just insert two or more different colors or kinds together. Clip the two halves together to plug in and test the effect before you staple, so it’s easier to make changes.
Do not mix LED and incandescent light strings.
Make sure you know how the strings will connect before you start inserting. Some strings aren’t made with connectors, and you don’t want to get stuck pulling the lights out.