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bmf
07-20-2012, 01:14 AM
so i got the whole lighting thing figured out as to what i want to do. now i need to figure out how to do it.
i found a guy on rccrawler who makes light controls and i sent him a message to see if he can make me something.
others have said i can make one real simple out of radio shack parts.

what i intend to do:
5 led light bar that had a plug to detach.
read light- 2 outside lights are red led bulbs, and i soldered in 2 of the front lights into the red string to make the amber and blue lights. the problem is there way too bright. i read about a resistor but am clueless. anyone know what i am supposed to put inline?
i am using the remaining 2 bulbs i have for head lights.
so thats 11 lights on the rig.
so how to i make all that work running off the battery port on my receiver? i can wire stuff pretty well, but resistors and caps loose me real quick.
anyone know about all this or can point me to some good reading?

rik
07-20-2012, 01:58 AM
honestly, go to a radio shack. they will probably know. the kid at the RS by me did. it isnt hard and can easily be done. or just do a search in the electronics section of rcc. i know there are threads with part #'s and diagrams. hope this helps a little

active
07-20-2012, 02:08 AM
led's are easy to deal with. radio shack is a good place to get them. if you need help i can try to help its easy. 9 volt or 6 volt ones will work for you

Quirk
07-20-2012, 02:51 AM
You can get the LED's with the built in resistor, or you can buy just the LED and add resistors as needed.
FYI: Different color LED's require different forward voltage..
Here is a simple chart-- If you overvolt you will fry the LED
http://www.electrallure.com/images/piranhaChart.png

Here is another simple calculator, lets you set the array (series/parallel) number of LED's, input voltage, etc.. It will give you the required resistor value for your input voltage
http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz

Radio shack can help you out with resistors, but know what you need before you go in, they may not even know how to read the value color chart
http://www.hobby-hour.com/electronics/resistorcalculator.php

Or you could always buy a light kit and save yourself some aggravation:D

bmf
07-20-2012, 12:48 PM
thanks everyone. i did a lot of searching and found bits and pieces. what quirk put up is the missing piece. i think i got what i need.
as far as a kit, its the controller that i need, and the ones i found were either way more than i need, or small simple ones that wont run that many lights.
now that i know i can get them in 6v lights and what resistors to use on the red ones i have i think i can make it all work.

brazwewn
07-20-2012, 03:55 PM
Check out the DYI section on this site. I think there were some posts about this already. Quite honestly the best thing I have found is to tie into your ESCs BEC output. That is typically 5v constant. Get some wire, LEDs and resistors. Look for viewing angle and brightness when you pick your LEDs. Get dim wide angle ones for the taillights and bright narrow angle ones for the headlights. It is really very simple.

Wes

bmf
07-22-2012, 01:45 AM
well that was easier than it seems.
about 25 bux, a few hours, and lots of soldering and i have some lights.
i used the calculator and asked the guy at Radio Shack. i thought it was going to be much harder. guess its one of those things you have to just do once to see how easy it is.
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/552616_10151982110700287_1812845175_n.jpg

active
07-22-2012, 07:10 PM
well that was easier than it seems.
about 25 bux, a few hours, and lots of soldering and i have some lights.
i used the calculator and asked the guy at Radio Shack. i thought it was going to be much harder. guess its one of those things you have to just do once to see how easy it is.
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/552616_10151982110700287_1812845175_n.jpg

looks bad azz

bmf
07-22-2012, 07:59 PM
thanks. i ran it around the front yard last night and it puts off some good light. now i want to do a night run somewhere.