Well I think I finially got my electronics buddy interested in halloween early. I showed him the LED lantern and he's already got ideas.
First: add a press switch (press button once for on, press again for off) we will be mounting this inside the kerosene fuel tank cap, so you just unscrew the cap as if you were filling it with kerosene and there's the button. (my idea
Second: Add a flicker circuit, this idea is all my friend's as far as I'm concerned, it involves about 4 extra pieces, some of which are a dip switch you can use to loosely control the behavior of the flickering, and a quartz crystal which will be the source of the randomization. I'm gonna see if I can get him to draw up a schematic to share the device when he's done.
Our circuit is actually 3 LEDs, 2 red and 1 green. It's apparently an old LED trick to shine a red and a green at the same time to create amber color. So we will be flickering reds and ambers. I've been told his flicker circuit doesn't turn the lights on and off, it dims them. we like the wick knob and probably won't be cutting it out. we'll also be tucking our leds within that wick shield instead of mounting an LED right on top. This will help the amber effect of the red and green LEDs.
Should be a very nice prop when we're done, for several years of usage. This will be my warm light in the graveyard, following zombie-F's pointers to make Blue LED spotlights for my cold light. This of course all following skull and bone's lighting diagram. Now Provided I can do keeba's tombstones correctly, and modify chris's fog chiller crypt to fit the plastic storage bin fog chiller that was inspired from Subsonic's Fog Chiller, I should have a great Grave yard...
boy... if you rip off enough people do you wind up having your own orginal idea? lol I gotta say my halloween would suck this year without meeting these people and getting inspired by their ideas.