HomeyDaClown· The Evil Apparitionist
I would use one of these on each tea light :Homestead Haunt: I had thought about that but after seeing everyone's candles flickering I was hoping to get that effect. I might just have to end up going that route.
Ugly Joe: I'm not sure about the transformer, I met the guy that owns the company I bought the lights from at HauntCon a few years ago. He said the transformer I bought would run 100 LED's. I'm not worried about the transformer being able to handle the load as much as the tea lights being able to handle the volts. I'd hate to make up a couple of dozen and fry them after 2 nights use.
Thanks to both of you for the suggestions. Anyone know if I can just add a resistor to the wiring going into the bottom of the candles to drop the volts? Any ideas on a SIMPLE way to get the PVC candles to flicker using my existing low voltage wiring?
78L05 Positive Voltage Regulator-The Electronic Goldmine
The tea lights only draw a few milliamps at most and this 5 volt regulator is good up to 100 max, 50 or so nominal. It will keep the voltage at 5 volts. A simple resistor will not work since the current is always fluctuating up and down on tea lights.
Regulators like this have three terminals and are easy to hookup (you could solder it inside the tea light). There is a Vin (voltage in - your 12 volt supply positive, a Vout (5 volts for the tea light), and a ground (connects to both the negative lead on the 12 volt supply and the tea light).