To start off, I have no prior experience with electronics or lights. My goal is to make an on/off (aka non-flashing) red light with around the brightness of a superflash (to supplement my current one). I'm planning on not using a lens, since my superflash often shines straight into the ground on (numerous) downhill/uphill transitions on my commute.
Based on other projects I saw here and elsewhere, i thought about using two of these red crees:
and possibly this on-off switch (i don't really know how to choose one, but I'm guessing anything that's not momentary would be okay?)
with two nimh AA batteries (I don't know if that's compatible with the two "1.9~2.2v" leds either)
I know I also need resistors, but when I searched on radioshack.com I only found a bunch of 1/8w and 1/4w ones along with a few 10w 10ohm 5% (or something) and don't know what would be suitable for this application. Hopefully someone here can help me choose one?
Also, what should the LEDs be housed in? The only tools I'm probably going to have are a drill and some screwdrivers, so I can't really cut metal or anything (unless there's a good way to do that with a drill). And speaking of tools, is it vital to have a soldering iron? And if so, would an entry level $8-10 one work?
Thanks in advance.