We’ve had a lot of requests from others who have wanted to build this for their home haunts, and recently by a few drama teachers who wanted to use it in some school performances. One of them told us it was the hit of
their play. Thanks for the inspiration, Ruby!
We won’t go into the details of how to construct the
actual enclosure here, but will discuss the electronics and
attachment of the flame. If you are interested in the full
enclosure/build details, go to the article link for an
extended version of this write-up with more info and
We’ll begin with the light harnesses utilized. Start by
taking about one foot of black wire and soldering it to one
of the wires from a GU10 socket. It doesn’t matter which
wire you use (Figure 1).
Next, take about one foot of white wire and solder it
to the other wire on the same GU10 socket and cover
these solder joints with shrink wrap (Figures 2 and 3). You
will now need to cut a second piece of black wire
approximately one foot long. Solder the two black wires
together with one of the wires from a second GU10
socket (Figure 4). Now, do the same thing with a piece of
white wire. Cut a second piece approximately one foot
long. Take the GU10 socket and solder these wires
together with the remaining wire from the second GU10
socket (Figure 5). Shrink wrap both of these solder joints.
This will complete the first of two wiring harnesses you
will need to make for the GU10 LED lights. Figure 6
shows a shot of the completed wire harness.
You will need two wiring harnesses, so repeat the
steps above and set them aside for now.
Making the LED
To make the spotlight holders (Figure 7), you will
need to use a step drill bit (Figure 8) and enlarge the hole
in a shallow flange so the opening is the same size as the
lens on the bulb (Figure 9). The easiest way we found to
do this is to take a short piece of
1-1/2” PVC and place the flange
on top; it will slip over the end of
the pipe. Then, drill out the hole
with the step bit. If you have a
drill press, it will make this easier,
but it can be done with a
handheld drill if you are careful.
Repeat this for all four of the
necessary flanges and set them
aside for now. We ended up
painting all of the parts black so
they would disappear when the
flame is on. This is a good time to paint parts if you
choose to do so. The GU10 LED lightbulbs fit perfectly
inside of 1-1/2” PVC/22-1/2 degree angled Els. They are
also the perfect angle to shine onto the silk flame. The
GU10 socket will
come up from
below the top
panel of the
through the PVC
EL. When the
LED is attached,
the bulb will sit
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FIGURE 7. LED
spotlights in action.
FIGURE 10. Connecting the GU10 bulb
to the GU10 socket.
FIGURE 1. Solder the
black wire to the
FIGURE 2. Solder the white wire to
the GU10 socket.
FIGURE 3. Shrink wrapping
FIGURE 4. Solder the second
black wire to the second
FIGURE 5. Solder the
second white wire to the
second GU10 socket.
FIGURE 6. A completed
Step drill bit.
FIGURE 9. The shallow flanges before
and after expanding the size of the hole.