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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 07:34 am
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Hi All.    I have been wasting my time on YouTube again, but, although there are bright ideas to be found,those ideas lack lustre? If you search eBay and cannot find the items that you want
I saw a clever person, on YouTube who had fitted a 3 volt Flickering LED on the rear end of a brake van, bright idea?
as far as it goes (that is if the van only travels in one direction). But that can be sorted in a fiddle yard.
But try as I may? I found everything ,that is apart from the "3volt Flickering LED (it has to flicker to represent an oil lamp, not flash) flash equals modern" The list, 3 volt battery, battery holder, fibre optic cable,switch,wiring,white metal 4 mm lamp,cheap eBay brakevan, the only thing that I cannot find is the blessed 3 volt Flickering LED.
The Modeller insists the he will publish a list of outlets where the equipment was purchased, but I don't know where or when.    All the best.  Kevin



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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 08:55 am
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Kevin, I do not know of any LED that flickers as you want without using an electronic circuit to make the LED flicker.

So by Googling Flicker light circuit
I found these
http://hackaday.com/2008/10/30/flickering-led-circuit/
https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-make-a-flickering-light-with-an-led
http://www.eeweb.com/blog/extreme_circuits/flickering-light-ii



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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 09:07 am
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Hi Ron.   Thank you for your reply. The modeller in the YouTube video insisted that he used a "3 volt Flickering LEDas he wanted to keep the wiring simple he connected it to a 3 volt battery, then it works with DC or DCC no rail pick ups etc  Kevin 



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Googling 3 volt flickering LED gives some results.

Example..

http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/miniatureleds.html




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Hi Ed. Thank you for your reply.  I found that, but, I thought that it would get complicated buying from "across the pond", and paying  in dollars and postage etc. All the best. Kevin



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Hi Ed. Thank you again, believe it or not? I wrote to layouts4u at first they could only supply the fibre optic cable,which I paid for, then today, I received an "out of the blue email" saying " we have 3 volt as well, I will put a few red, orange yellow in the packet, you have paid £3.99 so that is covered."  All the best. Kevin



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