SimFlame Flicker Lights

In “Perfect Tiki Bar: The Lighting,” I briefly touched on how to make light bulbs look like flame: Flame-look flicker bulbs can be purchased, but their wattage is so low that they really are not useful for light at all. Disneyland uses special trickery to allow bulbs of any sort to flicker like flame. The electrical controls can be expensive, but someone who knows what they’re doing can tackle the project for under a hundred dollars. I’ve learned of an electrical control called SimFlame that can be purchased for just over a hundred dollars, and it is essentially three control … Continue reading SimFlame Flicker Lights

Perfect Tiki Bar: The Lighting

I am often asked what defines a good tiki bar. It’s a question I love to answer, but it’s not one I love to answer in a brief soundbyte, for there are a myriad of elements that have to come together for a tiki bar to be ideal. I’ll address them individually in my Perfect Tiki Bar series, starting today with Lighting. A good tiki bar doesn’t have much light. A tiki bar should feel exotic, mysterious… like the visitor isn’t quite sure what he’s stepped into, and even how to step back out again. The room should feel intimate, … Continue reading Perfect Tiki Bar: The Lighting