Cigarette lighter effect?

Greeting, all!
We're doing a high school production that requires kids to light cigarette lighters on stage. I'm trying to figure out a way to do that without involving real lighters and the accompanying flames, etc.
Anyone have any suggetions?
 

sk8rsdad

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Mime it and trust the audience?
Wire up a small LED with a battery and add a pushbutton switch to the prop? You can probably harvest most of what you need from some dollar store trinket.
 

almorton

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If you look at the flame head of city theatrical's electronic candles, it's 3 grain o' wheat lamps (or 3 LEDs for the low power version) made to flicker by a microcontroller and they look very convincing from more than a couple of feet away. Something similar but simpler could be cobbled together maybe - the main effect is just a couple of flickering lamps wrapped in a plastic that diffuses the light of the "flame".
 

Harrison Hohnholt

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If you look at the flame head of city theatrical's electronic candles, it's 3 grain o' wheat lamps (or 3 LEDs for the low power version) made to flicker by a microcontroller and they look very convincing from more than a couple of feet away. Something similar but simpler could be cobbled together maybe - the main effect is just a couple of flickering lamps wrapped in a plastic that diffuses the light of the "flame".
Here is a write up on using the candle as a lighter. https://www.citytheatrical.com/news_letter/Candle Lighter.htm. Unfortunately the video is no longer available on Youtube. Let me do some digging in our files, I might be able to find it
 

almorton

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Dont suppose the lamp assemblies can be bought separately, can they? A bit of set fell on one of ours and broke two of the lamps.
 

Harrison Hohnholt

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Dont suppose the lamp assemblies can be bought separately, can they? A bit of set fell on one of ours and broke two of the lamps.
Actually, i think they can. Give me a call on Monday and we can figure out how to get you some.

201.559.4224
 

jonliles

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a 555 timer IC, 3 flickering LEDs , 3V battery back , and a button switch and you are in business.
 

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