so i put in my order on ebay for 100 red 5mm LEDs & 100 omh resistors for less than $8 from Hong Kong, free shipping.
Ill be using them to make clusters of 5 LEDs in series.
Power Supply = 12v
LED voltage drop = 2.0v
LED current rating = 20mA
Number of LEDs = 5
with the above stats 100 omh resistors will be used, according to http://ledcalculator.net/
when they get here (15-20days) ill solder some together and see what happens. if all works well and i can make a half descent enclosure, i might consider selling some since i ordered 100 LEDs...
Thanks for the help guys!!