Intro: Candle-Like LED Lantern
Here is a way to create a great Candle-like Light inside a lantern or other light fixture. It makes a great Night Light, or used in a room to add a mysterious ambiance.
1) Lamp purchased form most any Home Furnishing Store.
2) Several sheets of Tracing Paper.
3) 6-10 feet of 18/2 gauge Lamp Wire.
4) (1) Mini RGB Color Controller
5) (4) LED Splice Connectors
6) (1) foot of Amber LED Strip Light
7) (1) foot of Yellow LED Strip Light
8) (1) DC Wire Plug
9) (1) Inline Dimmer Switch
10) (1) 12V 12W Plug-in Adapter
11) Hot Glue Gun (with Hot Glue)
All of the LED Components (#'s 4-10) I was able to purchase from www.Elementalled.com
Step 1: Connecting the Color Controller
Take the Positive, and negative wires from some 18/2 Lamp Wire, and Splice them into the positive, and negative Input Nodes on the Mini RGB Color Controller. This will supply the power to the Mini RGB Controller.
Then splice together the positive lines on the two Splice Connectors, forming one positive wire to run to the RGB Controller. Screw that wire into the positive section of the RGB controller's 4-channels.
Then take the two negative wires from the Splice Connectors, and screw them into two separate color channels on the Color Controller.
Connect the Splice Connectors to the Strips by pulling the black tab out a little, sliding the strip into the slot, then pushing the tab back in.
Step 2: Wrapping the Strip
Wrap the 6" sections of Strip Light around the cardboard roll, trying to keep them evenly spaced apart.
Then using some Hot Glue, secure them to the column.
When the Color Controller is running one of the channels, the Lights will glow amber, but when it runs the other, they'll be yellow, and when it runs the third channel, it will temporarily dim down nice and dark.
Step 3: Connecting the Power
On the other end of the 18/2 Lamp Wire, connect the positive and negative wires to the positive and negative screw-in points on the DC Wire Plug.
Plug the DC Wire Plug (Female) into the Inline Dimmer Switch.
Plug the Inline Dimmer Switch into the 12W Adapter.
Plug the 12W Adapter into the wall.
The Inline Dimmer switch will create a little "flicker" in the light that looks a lot like a candle flickering. The more you turn it down, the more it will flicker.