Advice needed on LEDs and vents for air flow in helmets

mike bike

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I was planning on making a light bar type flashlight system for my recon helmet. I can't find a LED bar that small and i don't really want to buy a 20 foot roll of the LED strips they have on eBay for the small amount i need. I was thinking up using small LEDs in a line to create the light bar and putting a plastic cover in front. The LEDs are attached in a photo. Thats where the green circle is.

The red Circle is where i want to put a vent since i plan on putting a fan right there. Now I'm not sure how to add vent holes without them just looking like holes. does anyone have any ideas, tips or photos of what they have done? also looking to put vents in the back and by the ears.
 

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Dirtdives

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than might be too thick for that section of helmet. Something like that would have to be custom built so you might be better off building it yourself. Check out Radio shack. They have boards you can install lights on for something like this as well as switches, and battery packs.
 

Cadet

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For the vents in the buckets I have made, I always simply cut the opening all the way through, and then backed it with either metal "Modeler's Mesh" from a place like Michaels or Hobby Lobby or used some spare Screen door mesh.
 

mike bike

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than might be too thick for that section of helmet. Something like that would have to be custom built so you might be better off building it yourself. Check out Radio shack. They have boards you can install lights on for something like this as well as switches, and battery packs.
Hopefully they have them online all the radio shacks near me when out of business. It's a shame they were great for these things.
 

mike bike

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For the vents in the buckets I have made, I always simply cut the opening all the way through, and then backed it with either metal "Modeler's Mesh" from a place like Michaels or Hobby Lobby or used some spare Screen door mesh.
I'll look in to it thanks
 

PerniciousDuke

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Ooo, I like the mesh screen. Thanks for the link.

I just saw this and would have suggested EL Tape, but the LED Strip works too. How does the new light look from the outside of the helmet?
 

Dirtdives

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Is the mesh screed metal or vinyl?
 

Dirtdives

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Thanks for the link......I was looking in to some type of vent. This might just fit the bill!!
 

Dirtdives

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But can be trimmed down.........right?
 
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