Light My Bricks: Remote Control and Sound Kit

The following page is the instructions for the Light My Bricks Remote Control and Sound kit.

If you run into any issues, please refer to the online troubleshooting guide.

To ensure a trouble-free installation of your light kit, please read and follow each step carefully.

 


Package Contents:

  • 1x Remote Control (Includes CR2025 battery)
  • 1x Remote Control and Sound Board
  • 1x 64MB Memory Card (pre inserted)
  • 1x IR Receiver with 30cm Connecting Cable
  • 1x Speaker with 15cm Connecting Cable
  • 1x 5cm Connecting Cable
  • 1x Micro USB Cable


Important things to note:

Laying cables in between and underneath bricks

Cables can fit in between and underneath LEGO® bricks, plates, and tiles providing they are laid correctly between the LEGO® studs. Do NOT forcefully join LEGO® together around cables; instead ensure they are laying comfortably in between each stud.

CAUTION: Forcing LEGO® to connect over a cable can result in damaging the cable and light.

Connecting cable connectors to Expansion Boards

Take extra care when inserting connectors to ports of Expansion Boards. Connectors can be inserted only one way. With the expansion board facing up, look for the soldered “=” symbol on the left side of the port. The connector side with the wires exposed should be facing toward the soldered “=” symbol as you insert into the port. If a plug won’t fit easily into a port connector, do not force it.

Incorrectly inserting the connector can can result in bent pins inside the port or possible overheating of the expansion board when connected.

Connecting cable connectors to Strip Lights

Take extra care when inserting connectors to ports on the Strip Lights. Connectors can be inserted only one way. With the Strip Light facing up, ensure the side of the connector with the wires exposed is facing down. If a plug won’t fit easily into a port connector, don’t force it. Doing so will damage the plug and the connector.

Installing Bit Lights under LEGO® bricks and plates.

When installing Bit Lights under LEGO® pieces, ensure they are placed the correct way up (Yellow LED component exposed). You can either place them directly on top of LEGO® studs or in between.

 


Setting up the Remote Control and Sound Kit

Important Note regarding Power: If your light kit contains multiple multi-effects boards, we recommend powering the remote control board via mains electricity (connecting usb power cable into a wall adaptor similar to a smartphone charger). This will eliminate any potential issues relating to powering of the device.

 

1.) Your Remote Control Board should be connected in between your light kit and power source. First disconnect the power source from your light circuit

 

 

2.) Assemble your Remote Control and Sound Kit as shown below ensuring all your components are connected to the correct ports:

Audio – Connect Speaker to this port
IR – Connect IR Receiver 30cm Connecting Cable to this port
Out – Connect 5cm Connecting Cable to this port

 

3.) Once your Remote Control and Sound Kit is assembled as per above, connect the other end of the 5cm Connecting Cable to your light kit (where your power source was previously connected). Then connect your power source to the remote control board’s 5V port.

 

Important Note regarding Power: If your light kit contains multiple multi-effects boards, we recommend powering the remote control board via mains electricity (connecting usb power cable into a wall adaptor similar to a smartphone charger). This will eliminate any potential issues relating to powering of the device.

 

4.) Take the IR Receiver and bring it over to the front of your light kit, so that we can mount it ‘in line of sight’ of the remote control. Using it’s adhesive backing, mount the IR Receiver somewhere suitable ensuring the sensor is facing forward.

 

 

5.) Take the speaker and secure it somewhere suitable ensuring speaker is facing the correct way up.

 

Your remote control and sound kit is now ready to use. To activate, follow the below procedure:

 


Operation

Refer to the below remote control button functions and ensure you first remove the plastic tag to activate the remote control battery. Also ensure your power source is turned on before you operate, and that the remote control sensor is pointing directly at the IR sensor.


Load Your Desired Audio Track(s)

The Light My Bricks Remote Control and Sound Kit’s included 64MB memory card comes with 9 pre-loaded audio tracks in MP3 format:

  1. Everything is Awesome
  2. Disneyland theme
  3. Harry Potter Theme
  4. Ninjago theme
  5. Millennium Falcon take off and interior sounds
  6. Ghostbusters Theme
  7. City Police Siren
  8. So Ruff So Tuff
  9. Star Wars Main Theme

To load  your desired audio tracks, simply disconnect the Remote Control and Sound Board and connect the Micro USB Cable to the micro usb port on the bottom side of the board. Connect the other side (USB plug) to your PC/MAC and wait for it to load. The Remote Control and Sound board does not require power in order for your PC to read it. It should load as a normal USB external drive.

 

Simply Drag and Drop your chosen audio tracks (MP3 format only) into the USB drive and then eject and reconnect back to your light circuit. Simple as that!

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Re-arrange the order of audio files played.

If you wish to re-arrange the order of the mp3 files that are played, follow the below steps:

  1. Copy all the files to your local hard drive.
  2. Delete all the files from the memory card (ensure you have copied the files off as per step 1)
  3. Rename the files on your local hard drive with the number order of your choosing, e.g. Rename “Police Siren.mp3” to “01. Police Siren.mp3“, “Car Engine.mp3” to “02. Car Engine.mp3“, etc.
  4. Copy the files back to the memory card.

You must completely remove and re-copy the files on the memory card in order to reset the order. Simply renaming the files already saved on the memory card will not re-arrange the order.

 

Troubleshooting


My lights do not power on using the remote control!

If your lights do not power on via the remote control, first check that all your connections are correct as per step 2.

If all the connections are correct and all you hear is a brief beep of static through the speaker, this is a powering issue where not enough power is being inputted to the remote board and light kit. If your light kit contains multiple multi-effects boards, we recommend powering the remote control board via mains electricity (connecting usb power cable into a wall adaptor similar to a smartphone charger). This will eliminate any potential issues relating to powering of the device.


 

Remote Control system is draining batteries very quickly

When you are powering the remote control system and lights with our battery packs, the remote board will still output a very small amount of power, even with the lights remotely turned off. This is because the remote board still requires just enough power so that it can detect when it is time to remotely “turn on”. This is the reason your AA Batteries are draining quickly. If you want to remotely turn ON the lights whenever you want, it is best to power using our USB Power Cable connected to mains power via a USB wall adaptor (like a smart phone wall adaptor).


 

I can remotely turn on Lights but when I press play to play audio, lights turn off and it makes a buzzing noise

This issue is relating to lower power or batteries are not fully charged. Replace batteries with fresh fully charged batteries and try again. Alternatively, use our recommended power source and power your remote control lighting circuit using our USB Power Cable to mains power wall adaptor.

 


Light My Bricks USB Power Bank green light turns off after I remotely turn off the remote control system. Once this happens I can’t remotely turn ON the lights.

Our USB Power Banks have a standby function which saves power when it detects no or very little power. When the lights are turned off remotely, it is only outputting a very tiny amount of power, so the USB power bank will detect inactivity and power off. If you want to remotely turn ON the lights whenever you want, it is best to power using our USB Cable connected to mains power via a USB wall adaptor (like a smart phone wall adaptor).


 

For all other questions or issues please contact our friendly customer service team by emailing info@lightmybricks.com

 


 

Light My Bricks: The Bit Light

The Light My Bricks Bit Light can be installed in a number of different ways. This page will go through the several different methods you can use to install our Bit Lights to your LEGO Creation.

The Bit Light measures approximately 3.2mm and is connected to either a 15cm connecting cable or 30cm cable. The width of our cables are approximately .5mm. The tiny size of our Bit Lights enable our customers to install them under any 1×1 LEGO brick or plate. These can be purchased in a 4pack on our website and are also available in a number of different colours as well as a flashing effect.


Installing Bit Lights underneath 1×1 Plates

The simplest method to install our Bit Lights is by installing them underneath LEGO Plates or Bricks either directly underneath or in between studs.

To install them directly underneath, place the Bit Light over a LEGO stud facing up. Take a 1×1 LEGO plate and then connect it over the top. The LED component will easily fit inside of the LEGO stud.


Installing Bit Lights in between studs underneath Tiles

You can install Bit Lights in between studs as long as they are underneath a LEGO tile rather than a plate. This reason being is that a LEGO plate has a part that connects in between the stud leaving no room for the Bit Light. To install them in between studs, simply place the Bit Light in between two studs and then connect a 1×2 Tile over the top. Note that


Installing Bit Lights to lamps (feeding cable all the way through).

There are several different methods to install Bit Lights to a variety of lamps depending on how they are assembled.

The below examples will demonstrate how to install Bit Lights to pieces which have holes to pass the cable all the way through. These two examples are extracted from our instructions from the Parisian Restaurant Light Kit.

Example 1

Disconnect the 2 transparent yellow Lego pieces from the lamp sections

Take a White Bit Light and thread the connector side of the cable down through the larger hole of the transparent yellow Lego piece. Thread this all the way until the LED part is up against the inside Lego piece.

Reconnect this piece with Bit Light installed back to the lamp shade

ensure cable is facing toward the back and the LED component is facing the correct way down

Example 2

Start by removing the Lego pieces which make up the 2 lamps. You only need to remove the yellow transparent pieces.

Using a White Bit Light, thread the connector side of the cable through the larger hole of the yellow Lego piece. Thread this all the way through until the LED part is sitting comfortably inside the Lego piece, then connect the top of the lamp post (black Lego pieces) back on top of the yellow piece.

Pull the cable all the way through

Connect the lamp back to the lamp post. The cable should be able to fit comfortable in between the lamp and lamp post like below.


Installing Bit Lights to lamps (using pieces without holes to pass cable through).

The below examples will demonstrate how to install Bit Lights to pieces which do NOT have holes to pass the cable all the way through.

Example 1

This example shows how to install our Bit Lights to the lanterns in the Ninjago City set. The lanterns are assembled using Trans Bright Orange coloured Minifig Heads. These pieces only have an opening at the base so we need to use a different method to install our lights.

First disconnect the three lantern pieces from the bottom.

Disconnect the black and gold pieces from the top of the lanterns and then take out 3x White 15cm Bit Lights.

Install the first White 15cm Bit Light by inserting the led component inside the lantern piece. Take the black and gold pieces and then reconnect them over the top. Ensure the led component is facing the front (of where you will be positioning the lantern) and that the cable is pulled to the back of the lantern.

Repeat this process to install Bit Lights to all three lanterns.

Reconnect the lantern pieces to the bottom of the second floor section ensuring the cables are facing behind each lantern.

Example 2

This example shows how to install our Bit Lights to the lamps in the Assembly Square set. These lamps are installed using 1×1 trans yellow round plates which only have an opening at the base.

Remove the 2 lamp sections at the front.

Take a Bit Light with 15cm cable and then bend the cable up in 90 degree angle where the LED component is.

Place the LED component facing upward inside the middle of the trans yellow LEGO piece of one of the lamps. Pull the cable over the top of the lamp and then pull it right toward the black brick. Reconnect this lamp section back to the front wall ensuring the cable is tight and in between the 2 black bricks.

Reconnect the 1×2 black brick over the top to secure it in place.

Repeat the same process to install another Bit Light with 15cm cable to the lamp on the right side of the front of the cafe.

Reconnect surrounding LEGO bricks and pieces we removed earlier.


Example 3

This example shows how to install our Bit Lights to the lamps in the Old Fishing Store set. These lamps are installed using trans clear minifig head with only the opening at the base of the piece.

Remove the lamp from the right side of the building and then disconnect the black round stud from underneath.

Take a White 15cm Bit Light and thread the connector side through the top of the black round plate. Thread it all the way through until the LED is flat against the top of the plate then reconnect the top section of the lamp.

You may need bend the LED slightly so that it sits flat against the top of the LEGO piece

Reconnect lamp with Bit Light installed to the front of the building


Installing Bit Lights without the use of any LEGO bricks

It is not mandatory to install our Bit Lights underneath or in between LEGO bricks and pieces. There may be instances where there are no sections within your MOC to connect a LEGO piece to. It may be a flat surface such as a tile, window or arch way. Luckily, our Bit Lights can be used together with our Adhesive Squares to mount onto any flat surface.

Below are examples to show how easy it is to install our Bit Lights using our double sided Adhesive Squares.

Example 1 – UCS Millennium Falcon Light Kit

Example 1 — Grand EmporiumLight Kit

Example 3— Big Ben Light Kit


The above examples can be followed as guides to install Bit Lights to your LEGO creations. We encourage all our customers to be creative as possible as there are endless possibilities in lighting your LEGO creations. Head over to our DIY section on our website and grab a 4pack of Bit Lights now.