12V "Flicker" type wedge bulbs???

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Sudzz, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. Sudzz

    Sudzz LawnSite Member
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    Hey all,

    Anyone know a source for a 12V Wedge base bulb that simulates the flicker of a candle? I've got a customer that would love to put these around their small yard so they are visible from their hot tub. I think it's a great idea but I've looked all over the web and searched this forum and came up empty.

    Anyone?

    TIA

    Sudzz
     
  2. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    contact David Geier with Goya Lighting. PM me and I will give you his number. He is a good resource for specialty lamps.
     
  3. NightLightingFX

    NightLightingFX LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't think there is such thing as a low volt flicker bulb. However, I had a project a while back in which I incorporated a flicker flame device that created the desired flicker effect. It has worked great and has been going strong for a year and half. I got my devise from www.northcountryradio.com. All you do is just intersect your fixture lead with the device. I used PVC pipe and end caps to protect the device from the environments.
    ~Ned
     
  4. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Ned, do you have any pictures of this flicker device and the pvc enclosure. I am very interested in this as I have some stone Yukimi-gata lanterns I would like flickering light in.
     
  5. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You cant make a 12v flicker bulb, because the real ones use Neon Gas. Need about 90 volts to light it up. However you can use a flicker device and an LED type bulb. I've seen LED TIKI lights that flicker. Nothing too impressive though.
     
  6. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Sure there are. Nightscaping has had two available for years. The first is a wedge base used in a string of lights:

    http://www.nightscaping.com/twinklelites.htm

    The lamp is an LO659 (Standard 2W Flasher - 50W total per string): T-3 wedge base, 11.8 V, 2.0 W, .80 CP, 2,000 hrs.


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    The second is a "mini bayonet" used for this hanging fixture:

    http://www.nightscaping.com/twinkler.htm

    LO257 mini bayonet: 11.8 V, 3.0 W, .89 CP, 2,400 hrs.

    You can order just the sockets and lamps if you want.


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  7. NightLightingFX

    NightLightingFX LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here is a pic of the device. It is 2 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide. I am sure there is a better way to protect it from the environments I just did what came to my mind first and used the smallest PVC pipe with caps that would work. Go to www.norhtcountryradio.com get the phone number and explain to him what you want to do. They have worked great for my project.
    ~Ned

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  8. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Hey Sudzzzzzzz.... come clean with us... are you a pro or a homeowner looking for tips?

    Only one post and no contact info....
     
  9. NightLightingFX

    NightLightingFX LawnSite Senior Member
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    I stand corrected, thanks for the tip Gregg. The Nightscaping products might come in handy down the road.
    ~Ned
     
  10. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You're welcome. Definitely niche products with limited applications, but they are available should you need them.

    I've seen a handful of the Twinklers in a small but broad tree...Japanese maple as I recall, and the effect was nice. I've used them in a vined trellis.

    They work best in areas with little ambient light competing.

    I think they might be nice in an arbor over a walkway, maybe a side path that leads to something rather than the main path. And they probably would work well for adding romance to some restaurant's outdoor dining areas.

    Not great light to read by though :)
     

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