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 Posted: 15 Dec 2017 09:46
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I have just ordered 12 tea lights @ approx 50p each including batteries and a remote control (free postage) the flickering is not too pronounced so would suit most industrial units suggesting movement within.








I also ordered some 30" tiny led light strips approx 40p each (see photo) mine are coloured but white/yellow are available although aren't remote controlled (must be useful for something) I dont think it would take much work to connect the  string to the remote tea light bases as they both use the same batteries.

  

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Could be ok. If you wanted to disguise a bit more you could dirty up the windows a bit as well.
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Measure the supply voltage and current and you could control the Leds from the Arduino, individually or them all via a relay.
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Paul? ... 'hard dinna u know' ? .. oh yeah lets just nip to the dark side!
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Could be useful, did you get them from flea bay Ian?

Wonder how long the batteries last (without going to the dark side) :scratchchin:



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 Posted: 16 Dec 2017 09:37
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Yes to fleabay Ed (under tealights/tiny Led's) I reckon with the remote control the batteries should last a reasonable length of time. The strips might come in useful for coach lighting, if they are too bright you could cover some led's I reckon the base would fit. If not I think you could take the electrikery gubbins and battery holder out of the base (for 50p each worth a shot) :scratchchin:
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Just thinking the strips might be useful for general building lighting, saves trying to connect everything to an accessory bus.

I'll have a look.

Thanks Ian.



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Further to the above I've now had the tea lights and the strips on for 6 consecutive hours and still glowing but will keep you updated on total time...
17th Dec ...10 hours & counting ....

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21 hours no change now that's a lot of play... running time ...



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This will be interesting to see just how long they'll last. Good stuff Ian.



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Yep Toto leaving them on overnight ... I'm keen myself to see how long they last ... bet his nibs could work it out and be pretty accurate ... with dark side magic dust

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31 hours and as bright as ever ... next step a crude conversion for coach lighting.. I say crude as I only have a tatty old Triang short southern one and it's a feasibility study rather than a serious project (Busch do a Xmas tree with lights for £24.99 each.. my trees were from a £1 shop (8 in a packet) in the UK so total for each about 60p).
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35 hours now impressive and being Leds I suspect they won't dim before cutting out.

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I found some of those lamps in the Christmas deck's box from a couple of years back, on still worked when switched on, and it had been on all through that Christmas.


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Well we're into the 45th hour and like goodun innit ...

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56 hours still going (glowing) how many months pla... running time is that?

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