Tunnel Filckering Lamps
Building "Disney-like" Indiana Jones flickering tunnel lamps is really quite simple. All
you need you can find at any electronic store, such as Radio
Shack and your local hardware store.
Note: Since this project uses electricity, young children should
be monitored by adults when building this project.
- Light bulbs (white bulbs, not clear and < 50 watts ) and pig-tail light sockets
- Lamp electrical cord (as long as necessary to light your walkway)
- Wire Nuts (two per light, two for the switch, and one more)
- 1 two prong electrical plug
- Black electrical tape
- Flourescent light starter (the fifteen to thirty-five watt range)
- Pusshbutton or toggle switch rated for 120/240 volts
- Hobby box
- String the lights in series to the electrical wire using wire nuts (wire - light socket - wire - light socket ... wire - light socket - return wire)
- Drill three holes into the hobby box. One to hold the switch. The other two to allow entry and exit for the electrical wire.
- Mount the switch and grommets in the holes.
- Mount the two prong electrical plug on a six foot section of electrical wire.
- Strip 1/2 inch of insulation off the end on the six foot wire with wall plug, the start of your lamp run, and on either end of a 6 inch single wire section
- After pulling it through the grommet, attach one end of the six foot wire to the switch and tighten the restraining screw
- Attach the 6 inch wire to the other side of the switch.
- Protect the switch with electrical tape
- Attach the free end of the 6 inch wire to one end of the flourescent light starter (you can use a starter socket or just twist or solder the wire to the lug)
- After pulling it through the grommet, attach one end of the wire attached to the lamps to the other end of the starter
- Cover the starter connections with electrical tape.
- Attach the last two wire ends together using a wire nut.
- Close the hobby box.
- Attach the light bulbs to the light sockets. Changing the wattage will change the effect so you might want to experiments with various wattages and mixes.
- Plug it in and switch it on.
Backyard Imagineer: Brian Walsh
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