I have a pinball machine that has a backglass feature that is perfect for some flickery backlighting and someone created something similar to a Flickery Flame kit and wired it to their pinball light circuit. That person was supposed to be building kits for people, but as of a year ago, he has fallen silent.
I got to thinking about what it would take to reproduce something similar, and it dawned on me that 5 years ago, I bought a Yule Log fire sim LED kit from RadioShack and had never assembled it. I put it together and it sort of works for the backglass feature, but runs on 4 AA batteries, so 6V. But the board is a bit oversized and I would actually need 2 additional kits to wire in serial for the full effect I am after. The instructions mention you can wire up to 3 in a row so, I look up the yule log kit and it is no longer to be found anywhere online.
This led me to finding the Flickery Flame kit which looks to be the perfect size for my needs. My questions are:
1) Can I wire three flickery flame kits together in series and use one battery pack?
2) If yes for #1
, can I wire all three from a) one battery back OR better yet b) convert it to AC for use in the pinball general illumination circuit?
The standard #44
bulb for a pinball backbox general illumination is 6.3V with .25amps. A slightly lower powered #47
bulb is 6.3V with .15amps. I would love to be able to have this just power on with my game. Is there a way?
The RadioShack kit has a miniswitch that I considered running long wires to the coin door and operating the switch manually, if I can't figure out a way to wire it into the game, but I'd prefer an in-circuit solution.
My kits should arrive this week and I'm hoping it's possible to do what I'm after with these kits.