FLICKER AND FLAME EFFECT CONTROLLER

FOR 2 TO 3 INCANDESCENT LAMPS

 
DESIGNED FOR LOW VOLTAGE DC APPLICATION

This controller allows the use of any ordinary candelabra, mood lamp, chandelier, or holiday decoration employing ordinary low voltage incandescent lamps to simulate the flickering illumination given off by candles, oil lamps, or gas lighting. Special purpose bulbs are available for this application, but are often expensive, generally dim, and come in very few styles. The controllers are completely electronic and produce a truly random effect difficult to achieve using traditional approaches that employ several square wave generators or ordinary analog timer circuits. A microcontroller is used to generate a random effect without discernable patterns or repetition cycles seen in other non-random approaches. Therefore a realistic appearing flame effect is achieved. If the bulbs are placed closely together in a small fixture, the effect of motion is produced, as if there were flanes or fire present. These controllers use efficient switching type circuitry and power dissipation is minimal. Each channel is totally separate with individual random waveforms so no repetition of patterns are produced, nor is there any "chaser" effect , in which the lamps all flicker with the same pattern but with a visually detectable time delay among the bulbs. There is no requirement to use all three channels. An ordinary 3 way switch used with common 3 way bulbs can be optionally wired to this controllers to produce two steady levels of illumination, in addition to the flickering flame effect if desired. They may be easily wired into an existing lighting device in most cases.

This controller can also be used with a number of suitably colored lamps to simulate a fire in a lantern, or in a candelabra or other small lamp using multiple bulbs. Many applications exist, such as Halloween and Christmas lighting, or in situations where mood lighting or special effects are desired. Use of incandescent lamps may greatly reduce the danger and fire hazards associated with candles and oil lamps, while still producing the same kind of lighting without open flames or danger of fuel spills and toxic fumes. These controllers can operate with 6 to 48 volt lamps , with up to 1 ampere load per channel. Flicker rate is adjustable for realistic effects. They are useful in craft, novelty, and many other applications using battery or "wall wart" supplies, where the direct use of AC line voltage is impractical or undesirable.

 
Price $32.95 USD    Assembled and Tested
Price $22.95 USD   Kit
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