Modulating Lamp Intensity

I know I have posted tons of replies etc regarding lighting in Blender, because this is the one area I am still frustrated with. But in pondering lighting etc, I thought of something cool:

Is it possible to modulate a lamp’s intensity (through python or whatever), so that it gets brighter, then dimmer - would be a cool effect for fire, or to add realism to light sources.

There are lots of values to change under the LAMP type ipo. :slight_smile: