simulate lightning

hey, i would like to simulate a lightning storm in my aquariun, by using 6 cree xre led's and some sort of micro controller to control the flash, i need to figure out the multi flash and random flash and flash druation, any ideas would be welcome.
also what controllers out there can handle  say between 500-700 milliamps,

jeff-o7 years ago
As for the controller, you could use a simple MOSFET to switch the LEDs on and off.  MOSFETS with a "logic level drive" can be driven directly by microcontrollers, making them very simple to use.

As for the controller portion of it, an arduino of some sort could be used.  But programming is not my expertise - you're on your own there.