Introduction: How to Make Electric Igniters From Christmas Lights

How to make a quick and cheap ematch to fire displays for the coming year. The ematches used in this video were fired with a single AA battery.

Remember that a battery near an ematch is just as dangerous as an open flame near a fuse. When wiring a display be sure that all power sources are first disconnected from the firing board and all capacitors, if any, are discharged.

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DragonSlaveArmory made it! (author)2013-01-07

This will work great for cheap igniters for model rockets. Thanks for the idea.
Would a few drops of candle wax work instead of the cotton?

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Aron313 made it! (author)2011-12-17

Can you use it in a strand of lights to make a finally?

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NightHawkInLight made it! (author)NightHawkInLight2011-12-17

Also, if you have a minute I would really appreciate you voting for my firewire project in the make it glow contest!

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Aron313 made it! (author)Aron3132011-12-19

I voted for both of them! Hope you win.

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Aron313 made it! (author)Aron3132011-12-17

ok i will!

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NightHawkInLight made it! (author)NightHawkInLight2011-12-17

Sure, that will work.

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Aron313 made it! (author)2011-12-17

How much voltage?

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verdastel made it! (author)2011-12-15

Very cool! Another alternative is by using few centimeter of steel wool :)

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retrotimelord made it! (author)2011-12-03

hahahaha cool

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nerd97 made it! (author)2011-10-06

it would be awesome if you used gun cotton.

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Rybka30 made it! (author)2011-05-29

yesterday i make one with match powder :) our balcony is still covered with duct tape :D

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nerd12 made it! (author)2010-03-13

dude you rock!
for my explosives i needed bridge wire and potassium nitrate (saltpeter) but could not find any. i tried everything from copper wire to steel scrubber but could not find any thing that works now i've got it! now i need to get some salt peter only.
thanks
P.S. you can use match powder instead of black or flash powder.

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NightHawkInLight made it! (author)NightHawkInLight2010-03-13

Thank you for your comment. However, I do not promote the making of explosive devices other than legitimate fireworks. Your suggestion of using match powder is dangerous and an amateur shortcut.

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nerd12 made it! (author)nerd122010-03-16
it made smoke literally pour out and looked cool.
I am not an ametuer
its just that i can't get the materials for many of my projects and have to salvage most if not all the parts for my projects.
match powder only makes a flame but yours makes sparks fly out and can detonate the fireworks before the fuse has a chance to.

 

I don't make explosives as I do not want to join a faction. I prefer smoke bombs.

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sneaky snake made it! (author)2009-12-29

very nice. I was looking for a cheaper way to do this. good idea to put the fuse inside of there. would you still need the cotton?

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NightHawkInLight made it! (author)NightHawkInLight2009-12-29

No you would not need cotton, however the fuse would have to be glued or taped in so that it could not push in deep enough to harm the bridge wire.

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