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Mike Maturen
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I am looking for a source for either a single strobe or a string of strobe lights that I can use inside a "Shadow Box" to create the illusion of electrical sparking (like a downed power line). I think one or two well-placed lights might do the trick...but a string would work as well. Any ideas?
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Strobes are pretty cheap; probably less than $20. You may find some good info here, though I can't vouch whether it's up to date or not. Check the bottom for "Related Pages" as well for additional info.

http://www.horrorseek.com/home/halloween......obe.html

You'll probably also want to synchronize a "Bzzt!" sound effect. Without knowing your current setup, I can't offer any suggestions as to the best way to set it up, though.
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I'm not sure they are bright enough for your use, but the strobes from disposable cameras are very cheap and easily modified. Recently I saw the units for sale on line for a few dollars. Sorry I don't remember where but you can always remove one frome a used camera. The instructions for doing so are easily found with a Google search.
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Be careful modifying strobes and camera flashes. They use a lot of power- the charge gets built up in capacitors until it's needed. My cursory googling revealed it's pretty easy to convert one into a taser, so they're not the kind of thing you want to accidentally discharge into your body.
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Very true. A disposable camera strobe won't kill you if you get across the caps, but you'll wish you hadn't done it!
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I bought a set of 4 strobes at Pep Boys automotive parts store. They were around $20 - $30 and have adjustable strobe settings and run on 12 volts. Each strobe is about 3/4" in diameter by 1/2" high. Very bright.

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Thank you all...I DID, indeed, plan on the "bzzt" sound effect!

I am making my shadow box look like an electrical or nuclear frame, with black and yelliw stripes.

I REALLY wanted to use flash paper (and lots of it), but the fire marshall might get his panties in a bunch....
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