The Elegant FAQ
WHO ARE ELEGANT BRICKS?
ElegantBricks.com was founded by Oliver & Anke to do what everyone really wants - turn our passion into our business.
We aim to provide quality products linked to the LEGO® brand and back this up with proper old fashioned personal service.
ElegantBricks.com is a family business based in South West London.
WHAT KIND OF NAME IS ELEGANT BRICKS?
We think it's an AWESOME name. (there’s a song about that, you know)
Our name was inspired by the legendary Mr Gold. Mr Gold is a highly limited edition Metallic Gold plated minifigure released by LEGO® in 2013. Only 5000 were released worldwide making him arguably the most collectable LEGO® product ever. And no, we don't have one :(
Whatever you think about Mr Gold, with his Gold top hat and cane, he's certainly an elegant (mini) figure.
We founded the business on the principle of making LEGO® better. Light My Bricks are our first supplier and we picked their products because we know and love them. They make lighting solutions which perfectly complement LEGO® models and really make them pop. Having used their products personally, they were the ideal choice to be our first brand to sell in the UK and across Europe.
AREN'T FAQ PAGES REALLY OLD FASHIONED?
Yes, but we like them. And if you ask us something weird we can put it here for next time. Then we can say "We told you so" and be a bit smug.
TELL ME ABOUT DELIVERY AND RETURNS.
You know that's not really a question yes? This page is meant to be for questions only!
WHERE IS ELEGANT BRICKS BASED?
Elegant Bricks is run from our home in South West London.
We don't have a high street shop - we operate entirely online.
CAN I VISIT YOUR SHOP?
Sorry we operate online only and run the business from our home. And though we'd love to welcome our customers for a cup of tea it's apparently a bad idea to advertise your home address and ask the public to drop in any time!
DO YOU SHIP TO MY COUNTRY?
We offer fairly priced shipping to the UK and to every corner or the European Union.
If you live outside the EU then sorry but we don't currently offer delivery to you as standard.
If you have no other options to find our products then drop us a line and we'll provide a quote for shipping if needed.
Do bear in mind that outside the EU there may be taxes due on receipt of a parcel from abroad - we cannot predict or control these and any import taxes / duties are your responsibility.
Please see the Shipping page for details.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS APPROVED BY LEGO?
Our lighting kits and products are designed and built by Light My Bricks.
Although our kits and other products often include some genuine LEGO® brand products, the kits themselves are not in any way approved or authorised by the LEGO® Group of Companies.
As per our disclaimer : LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorise, or endorse this site.
HOW DO I GET HELP AND SUPPORT?
That's easy! Just get in touch.
We are a small family business and we're dedicated to nothing but the best customer service.
We provide a single and simple method of contact (hint : email@example.com) and will do whatever we can to help with any query or issue.
WHY ARE YOU MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OTHER SUPPLIERS OF THE SAME KITS?
You can buy the lighting kits from Light My Bricks directly from them or from a few other official re-sellers worldwide.
When comparing prices it's vital that you include the cost of VAT and Import Duty. If you buy from outside the EU then the courier will send you a bill to pay before they deliver your parcel.
All imports of goods from outside the EU are subject to VAT at 20% and import duty (which is variable based on the type of goods - typically around 5% for this kind of product).
Because Elegant Bricks buys in bulk we can offer these products locally within Europe and at very competitive prices!
LIGHT MY BRICKS PRODUCTS
** Most of these FAQs are blatantly stolen from our suppliers at Light My Bricks. It's their product so you get their replies. They're less sarcastic so that's something at least.
SO WHAT MAKES YOUR LIGHTING SYSTEM SO GREAT?
In the beginning, the team behind Light My Bricks wanted to find ways to enhance their own growing LEGO® Modular Building collection.
It dawned on them that lighting up their LEGO® sets would be a great way to give their cities a sense of realism.
So they quickly turned to the Internet to see what they could find. Unfortunately, what they found was a mixture of complex componentry, lack of instructional guides and an experience that wasn’t on par with the LEGO® brand.
Putting their collective heads together, they decided to start Light My Bricks. By offering high-quality LEGO® LED lights, with easy to follow instructions, Light My Bricks aims to provide LEGO® fans of all types the ability to light up their own creations.
Light My Bricks offer set specific LEGO® lighting kits, with detailed, easy to follow user guides.
This means LEGO® fans of all types can light up their favourite LEGO® sets.
We're constantly releasing new sets to update our ever growing list of lighting kits. But if you don't see your set, you can recommend it on the Suggest A LEGO® Set page.
Another big difference is the ability to connect multiple kits via a single power source. This is an important feature for those with multiple LEGO® sets or elaborate creations.
HOW DO YOU POWER THESE LIGHTS?
We offer multiple lighting options. Aimed at mobile / smaller models - our lights can be battery powered using either standard AA batteries or using flat CR2032 batteries.
We also stock USB power cables which can be plugged into a USB power bank or wall supply to power up your models.
And if your LEGO® model has a LEGO® Power Functions system we offer connectors so your lights can run off the same power.
If you have multiple sets to power we provide a multi-power connection kit to easily link models together - ideal for modular buildings and other fixed installations.
WHAT VOLTAGE DO YOUR LIGHTS RUN ON?
All of our lighting products run on 5 volts.
HOW DO I GET HELP?
If you're adding lights using one of our kits designed for a LEGO® set, then check the detailed instructions on the Light My Bricks website. You’ll find links on every product page here at Elegant Bricks.
Also make sure to check out our general User Guide.
And if you're still having issues try the Troubleshooting Guide.
If you need anything more - email us! firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THESE KITS?
All kits come with amazing step by step photographic guides.
But those are general guides on how to use these components and connect them up.
For each kit the detailed instructions are online only - because to print them would be many many pages of A4 for no good reason! Our Product pages contain links to the latest instructions for each kit, or you can access the full list at Light My Bricks HERE.
WHY IS THERE NO SET FOR MY FAVOURITE LEGO® MODEL?
The team at Light My Bricks are always hard at work developing new products and kits to brighten up new LEGO® sets.
But there are just so many LEGO® sets out there!
If you have a favourite and would like the Light My Bricks team to release a kit for it - head over to their Suggest a Set page.
Alternatively go it alone and do your own lighting with our DIY range. It's great fun and very rewarding to do this yourself and make something truly unique.
If you want to design lights for any project we’re here to help. We’ve helped many customers design and install their lights and it’s the best part of our job - drop us a line any time!
You can stay in touch via our Facebook or Instagram feeds. Or follow the Light My Bricks Team blog to stay up to date with latest light kits being designed.
DO THE LIGHTS GENERATE HEAT?
All of our lights are LEDs and do not give off any significant amount of heat. Our products are designed to run continuously.
HOW LONG DO THE LIGHTS RUN FOR?
The running time for our lights depends on the battery pack and the number of lights connected.
The more lights connected, the more power it draws, and therefore will not run as long as compared to a kit with fewer lights. As time goes on, the lights will slowly become dimmer as the batteries grow weaker.
Our USB option, however, can run as long as the USB power bank allows or even continuously if connected to a USB adaptor that plugs into a power main.
As a guide, our Police Car Starter Kit (6-Lights + Round/Flat Battery Pack) will run approximately 6 hours before starting to dim and then eventually stop powering after 12 hours.
Compared to a kit like the Ghostbusters Ecto 1 (18-Lights + Flat Battery Pack) will run for approximately 4 hours before dimming and then eventually stop after 8 hours.
AA Battery Packs last longer than either Flat, Round or Micro Battery Packs
CAN I CONNECT MULTIPLE LIGHT KITS TOGETHER?
Yes, of course! This is one of Light My Bricks main features.
We offer multi-light kit connecting kits which allow you to connect up to 4 light kits and power them using a USB Power Cable to a USB Power Bank or USB Power Adaptor that can connect to power main.
Simply swap out the battery packs with connecting cables. Then connect the connecting cables to an expansion board. Next, connect the expansion board to a USB Power Cable and select your power source (Power Bank or Power Adaptor).
Find them in our Components section.
HOW MANY LIGHTS CAN I POWER USING A SINGLE POWER SOURCE?
Although there are no limitations to how many lights you wish to power off a single source, we recommend using around 8 light kits per single power source. This will provide you with optimal brightness from your lights.
The more lights added to a single power source will result in a decrease in the level of brightness. This is because of the increased power required to illuminate the lights.
HOW DO I GET NOTIFIED WHEN NEW KITS ARE RELEASED?
Light My Bricks are releasing great new products and kits on a frequent basis, and we'll stock them as soon as we can get our hands on them!
You can stay in touch via our Facebook or Instagram feeds.
Or follow the Light My Bricks Team blog to stay up to date with latest light kits being released.