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  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • From: Chesapeake VA
First lighting project recommendation
Posted by out04 on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 8:40 PM

I would like to do a lighted kit, something simple to start with.  Any recommendations from the forum??

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:19 PM

What type of subject do you have in mind?

My first lighting project was a Halcyon Aliens APC.  I bought prewired LEDs, switches, and coin battery holders, which made the job easy.  I also selected the LEDs and batteries so that resistors were not required.  One lesson I learned is that you should solder connections.  If I shake the model, the lights go off!

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:43 AM
I would suggest a Bandai Y wing the engines would be easy to light in that. Next would be things like do you know how to solder? How to work with LEDs? Just ask if you have any questions.

Clint

  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • From: Chesapeake VA
Posted by out04 on Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:27 AM

Where do you source your leds, etc. from??

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Thursday, February 14, 2019 3:55 PM

out04

Where do you source your leds, etc. from??

 

I get mine off Amazon you can get 100 for around $8. Some come with resistors but don't use them they are usally way to big for what you need and also not very good quality. Use a online resistance calculator then source the reistors you need that way.

Things to think of before ordering

1. How many LEDs are you going to be using.

2. What is the voltage and MA of your power source.

3. Will you be running your LEDs in series or parallel.

4. Color of LEDs since different colors draw different MA

 Once you know that then you can run it through you calculator and figure out what to buy.

Here's a good one.

https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/tools/led-resistor-calculator/

Clint

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