Re. flickering LEDs: It depends on how they are fed. LEDs are "light emitting diodes" So they work only with DC. If that is DC from a battery they won't flicker. If that is DC converted/recitfied from AC it depends wether there is a buffer capacitor included in the circuit. For home brewers that use wall warts to feed the leds it might be helpful to include a reasonably large (1,000/10,000mF) electrolytic capacitor in the circuit the get rid of the flicker.
Although car leds are fed from a battery they still flickr because the circuit that powers the leds converts the car battery voltage to that suitable for the leds in a "pulsing" manner. The same happens for other "power" leds. But the strips you can buy don't have a circuit built in like that so won't flicker when fed by a battery or buffered rectifier.