Simulating the effect of a
shorted-out lamp or even a whole room full of lamps can be an eerie and unsettling
visage. One way we've found to safely accomplish this is by using an "Artificial Pumpkin Light".
You can find them at many stores that sell Halloween props. We used to use the
type from PumpkinLight.com, which was the best but unfortunately they are no
These are intended as an alternative to using
real candles to illuminate Jack O' Lanterns, but they have many other uses. They
are battery powered and flicker like
a candle using three bright yellow LED Light Bulbs.
To simulate a shorted-out lamp,
we like to use lamps that look old. Start by unplugging
the lamp you intend to use as a Halloween prop. It is extremely important that
the lamp be unplugged and remain unplugged during the entire time that
it is being used as a prop to avoid the possible electrocution
and the possibility of fire.
We highly suggest that you coil the cord up and
secure it with a twist-tie, then attach a tag to the cord that states,
"DO NOT PLUG IN!".
Next, remove the lamp shade
from the lamp and then unscrew and remove the light bulb from the
lamps light bulb socket and set it aside in a safe place. Now, place an "Artificial Candle Pumpkin Light"
between the lamp's metal harp with the Pumpkin Light
facing down and attach with tape.
Be sure to use enough tape
so that the Pumpkin Light won't fall out of the harp later. Replace the lamp shade and
switch on the Pumpkin Light. This effect looks best in a
dimly lit room.
Halloween Lighting Effects Machine
This unit makes
the lights in your house flicker
to spooky sounds. The sound-sensitive lighting effects machine
makes your house lamps brighten, dim and flicker to creepy noises. Just plug
lamps into controller, slide the included sound effects CD into your player,
adjust the sound sensitivity control and your house is haunted! Works with your
own music CDs too.
Controls up to 500 watts of lighting (that's five 100 watt
light bulbs). Sound effects CD features thunderstorms, creaking floors, beating
hearts, buzzing electrical current and much more. With built-in microphone,
on/off/sensitivity switch, LED power indicator light, extra fuse and 6 ft. power
cord. ETL listed. Not for use with fluorescent lights.