ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Fri Aug 13 13:13:31 CDT 2010
> There was some discussion earlier about the nature of the fuel for the
> lamp. Although it is explicitly battery operated (see vending machine!),
> It was generally assumed not to be a conventional torch/flashlight.
I always assumed it was an electrically powered lantern (one game
described it as a 'brass lantern' IIRC. In other words electrically
identical to a nromal torch/flashlight, but mechancially different.
> Well, a friend knew that I was in need of a better power failure light,
> and gave me a lamp. It looks like an ordinary "hurricane lantern". But,
> instead of combustion, it has more than a dozen LEDs! The "fuel tank"
Colossal Cave and Zork long poredate whtie LEDs :-)
> has a door on the bottom for batteries. What appears to be
> a liquid fuel tank cap rotates, and is actually an ON/OFF switch and
They should have had a little rod coming out the side below the glass
part for that, like the wick adjustment on a real huricane lamp.
> dimmer control! I'm not used to seeing reasonably smooth dimming with
I would assume it varies the mark:space ration of a drive waveform. Have
you dismantled it to see what's inside?
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