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Looking for LED flicker bulbs (components)

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I have an idea for a lighting project for Christmas and need several hundred flickering LED bulbs, the kind they put in those battery operated tea lights.

I took one of those and stripped it down to see if it was the bulb that flickers or if it has a circuity attached. I pulled the bulb out and touched it to the battery, and indeed it flickered. While I could just buy the tea lights, that would be cost prohibitive for the project I want to do.

I've scoured the internet trying to find a source to buy them, with no luck. All the LEDs online seem to only flash.

There are tutorials online to use electronics to make a flickering effect, but I know NOTHING about programming circuits and I don't think with the number of bulbs I need, that would be practical. I contacted the company that makes the tea lights, but I'm sure they're probably not going to want to share the source of their bulbs.

Does anyone know where I could get the flickering bulbs?

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