LED or Incandescent for firebox flicker?

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by Fluesheet, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. Fluesheet

    Fluesheet Member

    Subject pretty much says it all. I am new to wiring lighting and VERY new to using LEDs. Which type makes more sense for the firebox flicker, and what color bulb has the best results?

  2. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    This was posted on anotjher group about a week ago, and may help you

    Hi. To simulate an open fire like a campfire I have recently purchased
    several fake tealight candles that use a flickering orange/yellow LED
    to simulate an open flame, for about a dollar each at stores such as of
    the Dollar Tree chain. The effect on most of them has the appearance to
    me of a flickering fire in a light breeze so couldn't that be useful to
    simulate a welding arc if the stock LED was swapped out for one of
    those bluish white LED's?

    In the past at train exhibitions I sometimes saw a far more expensive
    ($25 range?) simulated open flame unit being used to simulate a hobo or
    camper's fire that was also sometimes used for simulating a welder's
    torch in use but as a former welder the yellowish tint always looked
    wrong to me for that use. Has anyone here thought to try something like
    I am suggesting or done it already? I would have given it a try myself
    as I do have the raw materials on hand already but only thought of it
    very recently so no efforts that way yet. Does it sound worth trying,
    aside from for me that is? ;-)


    Hope it helps
    Shortliner(Jack)away up here in the Highlands
  3. Fluesheet

    Fluesheet Member

    Thanks Shortliner!
  4. Fluesheet

    Fluesheet Member

    Bump! Any other experiences or links on this topic?


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