its this ornament ^
ebay.com link: itm
I replaced the LED's with these SMDs and it made it a lot brighter/thinner ^
it still works on a CR2025 battery after replacing the LED's
I didn't check voltages because I didn't solder it in place and I was out of hands to run a meter. I am assuming the new parts from Radio Shack were good, but I guess its always a numbers game. I'll have to solder the thing in place and check the voltage at the battery connector. I'm using about 6" one way of 20ga from the 555 socket and 8" of 22ga going to the ornament, I cant believe Id be dropping .3V over such short runs, could I?
I think you've got something about the capacitor though, and I think I have some spares lying around, what sort of farad amount do I need to shoot for?