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Help with solar "flame" for dragon yard art Answered

Synopsis:  I'm a novice here.  I'm trying to make a small electric tea light candle work from a solar landscape light to put a "flame" into a crappy 12" metal dragon sculpture for some yard art.

My quandary:  The solar light only runs off of one AA battery (1.2 - 1.5v).  It appears to be using a 0116 IC? (I know nothing about these) to act as the Joule Thief to power the white LED that I assume is running around 3v.  The tea light uses 4.5v (3 x 1.5v) and has a 47 Ohm resistor, a capacitor, and a chip to control the "flicker" of the light.

The Help:  Can anyone offer up some suggestions how I can properly get the flickering tea light to run from the 1AA  solar unit?  Could I do something like:

1. Remove white LED from solar light and check voltage
2. Replace resistor on tea light to accommodate voltage coming from Solar battery
3. Solder new wire from where the old white LED was on the solar light to the power leads on the tea light.

Thanks for any thoughts, support, or reference.


You'll probably need to use 3 of those yard lights in series to power the flicker light.