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Impressively BIG, lightweight lights for kites -- night fly!

I've been using these Halloween "light wands," sold under various names, for night-flying kites for awhile now. They are BIG, lightweight and put on a great show. They have different settings, allowing you to change colors.

In the past week, I have seen them for sale in RiteAid drug stores, they generally have one display case of 6 or 8 pieces, for something over $2.00 each.

I have rarely seen them for other holidays, and rumor has they are sold for raves, with no shrink wrap on them. It looks like some of the rave ones just have one color, when shopping online watch for that. I have seen some with a red, white and blue LED inside, and some with red,white and green.

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This is what you are looking for in the store.  They are soft foam tubes with a purple, orange or black shrink-wrap cover on them.  Drink can for scale.
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This is what you are looking for in …
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When you buy them, test them to make sure they work, and that the LEDs inside flash in the same colors.  Peel off the shrink wrap.
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When you buy them, test them to make…
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Unpeeled, being peeled and peeled wands.  Can for scale, cat because you can't keep a cat out of a picture.
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Unpeeled, being peeled and peeled wa…
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Label on a wand, so you know what to ask for.
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Label on a wand, so you know what to…
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After peeling off the wrap, I fold a strip of duct tape in thirds to make a "hanging strap. then tape it to the wand with more duct tape, split in half lengthwise just because I don't want to cover more of the light than I have to.
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After peeling off the wrap, I fold a…
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Completed kite light, weighs next to nothing, makes a big show going up the line.
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Completed kite light, weighs next to…
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Look, they can be set to change colors, or flash.
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Look, they can be set to change colo…
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They look almost like fat neon tubes or florescent lights in the dark.  In reality there are three LEDs in there.
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They look almost like fat neon tubes…
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