Case #95: Dick Keeps His Home Fires Burning

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December 11, 2006

Give your Christmas lighting a country look and make your Nativity scene more realistic with an electronic flame flicker. This device can be used as a lamp dimmer or a flame flicker simulator, and may be switched on and off with the switch on a lamp. The flicker dynamics may be customized for candle, kerosene (or oil) lamp or campfire. Replacing the controls with fixed resistors yields a version inexpensive enough to build an array of them for independently flickering electric candles.

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"Flicker Light"
1 Bridge Rectifier 2W04G 431-0412
1 SCR C106DG 568-0749
2 Transistor 2N3904 431-0406
1 PUT NTE6402 935-6198
1 Diode 1N4148 431-0614
1 Capacitor 39 nF 10% 862-2207
1 Capacitor 1.5 iF 881-7173
1 Capacitor 100 iF (for Campfire) (or 10 uF for Kerosene Lamp, 6.8 uF for Candle) 648-2510
1 Resistor 47 Ohms 296-2178
1 Resistor 100 Ohms 296-5514
1 Resistor 470 Ohms 296-6312
1 Resistor 47K 895-3175
1 Resistor 100K 296-4745
1 Resistor 220K 296-6342
1 Resistor 270K 296-4783
1 Resistor 390K 895-0863
1 Resistor 1 Meg 648-0204
1 Potentiometer 1 Meg 753-9570
1 5K Potentiometer w/switch 753-8159
1 500 Ohm pot (for Campfire only) 753-2620
1 2A fast-blow fuse 740-5192
1 Fuse holder 798-0362

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