Figure 4. Front view of the flower, showing
Figure 5. This back side image of the
flower provides another
view of the wiring.
Figure 6. This long-exposure photo shows
the flower and stem illuminated.
drilled in the circular, wooden flower pot top and through
a hole drilled in the back of the flower pot.
All wires coming from the flower were braided around
the fluorescent tube before being pushed though the holes
in the wood pot top. An additional hole was drilled in the
wood top to accommodate the stem of the artificial leaves.
The entire assembly was (sigh!) then GOOPed to the
The electronic flower is attention-getting whether it is
illuminated (see Figure 6) or not. The half life of 300 hours
means that, after 300 hours, the EL petals will be half as
bright as when new.
Figure 7. A completed, illuminated
To conserve the
life of the EL lamp, it
might be better to
use a momentary
instead of the DPDT
toggle switch used in
the prototype. There
are slightly different
versions of the EL
lamp kit available
(see Parts List),
including a jumbo 4
x 6 inch EL lamp
panel for making a
large flower and an
EL lamp chaser kit
for making a flower
that has sequentially
lit petals. The EL
lamp kits all come
color overlays, so that many different colored flowers are
possible. All of the above provide lots of options for
“growing” your own unique optoelectronic garden. NV
Circle #119 on the Reader Service Card.