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Old 10-05-2010
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Default Flickering Fluttering Sputtering Flame Light Generator

Something I use every Halloween: Fluttering lights. Be it for faltering electrical effects or fire. And I hate to just use a constant "on" light---even to illuminate my displays. I've purchased some flicker generators, but they cost (usually) upwards of $40 if you can even find them. (I actually rented big-time units for $100+ overnight for a movie shoot.) " 'wish I knew then...." I came up with an inexpensive way to make these...and you can make many for the cost of even one store-bought unit!

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That's a great idea! I've always wanted to get my lights to flicker but, like you, didn't want to spend a lot of money.

Love the news format video also, very high quality.
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nice! simple and effective.
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Are there any other photo-sensor outlets that would work?

...that have the dimmer from light to dark.

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Old 10-16-2010
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There's many, many photo sensors on lamp sockets. The one I used and showed is the only easily available off-the-counter thing I could find.
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What a great effect! and it's soo simple
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Yes!! I found em at walmart same type for around $7. What's cool was I set it up to test without the box. I had the lights on in the room and it still worked! Great idea thanks for posting it.
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This is brilliantly simple. I have a No Tech brain, & I"m so happy to be able to do this effect with NO skill! Thank you!
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I like it. Nice and simple. Now I'm off to Walmart.
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