Im planning an art project where I will need to create an array of incandescent lights that I will control with a microcontroller interfaced with a computer. I was wondering if anybody had some insight to where I could source a LARGE number of bulbs (about 600 - 1000).
At this stage, I'm not locked-in to DC or AC or even a specific size. I'm open to using anything from flashlight bulbs to automobile indicator lights or fridge/appliance lights. My only requirements are that I want them to be incandescent (not LED or CFL) and that I can find them for no more that $1/bulb (preferably less). Bonus points if I can get compatible sockets also, but ultimately I could just hard-wire them.
email@example.com wrote:Strings of Christmas lights. They might be hard to find this time of year, but the retail price for incandescents works out to about a penny a bulb.
That's not a bad idea, and I'll look into seeing if I can find anything besides the traditional narrow/pointy shape. I forgot to mention that I'm looking for more of a regular round/spherical lightbulb shape.
And thanks for the warning about the wattage. I'm not sure if will end up getting all the way up to 1000 bulbs, but either way I will have at least three dedicated 20A/120V lines just for the incandescents, and I'll be splitting the whole array into 3-5 smaller groups with their own fuses.