I recently put together a simple project that was three basic LED circuits all in parallel off of a AA battery pack. The interesting twist is that two of the LEDs are of the candle flicker variety and one was a regular white LED. What I noticed was that the white LED also flickers, presumably from noise generated by the flicker LEDs rapidly changing their current draw. In this particular circuit that's an unexpected benefit, but I had thought that the batteries would be able to react to changes in current like this when it's all hooked together with decent gauge wire and no other components. What I have are a few interrelated questions around this:
- Is this flicker caused by an inability of the batteries to rapidly react to rapid swings in current on the order of milliamps or by inductance on the wires? (They are some inches long.)
- Given that each LED is actually an LED combined with a microcontroller, the technically correct approach would be to drop a 104 capacitor next to each one. But, I sometimes have a bank of these things. Is it possible to (suboptimally, but practically) have them share a smaller number of capacitors and still eliminate enough noise? e.g. I have a bank of ten all in parallel and am pondering adding a capacitor to each end of the bank.
- Given that these are usually the load of a circuit and only really interact with the rest of the circuit by being hooked up to ground via a transistor (or mosfet) on the low side and directly to VCC on the high side, how much noise could meaningfully propagate to the rest of the circuit, presuming that the rest is properly designed with bypass capacitors, etc. around relevant parts?
Flicker LED datasheet: https://cdn.evilmadscientist.com/catalog/components/semi/LED/datasheets/BL-L513-B-S3.pdf