Every year we have a pumpkin-carving party with the grandkids. We do
both real and artificial pumpkins.
Every year I struggle to find the right lights to put inside. We don't
like to use candles because of the fire hazard, especially with the
artificial pumpkins. We mostly use orange incandescent bulbs from 15 to
40 watts. The 40 watt bukbs are a little too hot. Even the 14 watt bulbs
get fairly hot.
I have some of the flicker bulbs. They would be perfect if they were a
I'd like to use LEDs, but haven't found any in orange.
Does anyone know of a really bright flicker light or an orange LED?
I've used those little 'flicker candles' battery with bright white LED
simulates a candle. Go to stationary store and buy transparency plastics,
use the orange one, cut to size, only need on the front side.
I just use the little battery operated tealights. If one isn't bright
enough, use more than one. They're small enough that you can simply
carve out a small ledge in the interior sidewall of the pumpkin to set
one higher up inside. I use the color-changing tealights, which I
picked up at a Kmart for about $2.50 for a 4-pack. The kids really
like the changing colors.
I was resistant to these because (a) they are not bright enough, (b)
they require batteries, which are expensive and inconvenient, and (c)
they have to be turned off individually, whereas I can just unplug the
power strip that powers all of the AC bulbs.
But after reading your suggestion, I found some tealights that have a
timer that turns them on for 4-5 hours once a day. With your suggestion
of using more than one, I think I'll get a pack and give them a try.
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