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Old Dec 02, 2010, 04:21 AM
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Lightweight low cost LED controller for 12V LEDs strips

Looking for lightweight low cost LED controller for 12V LEDs strips.
Anyone?
Thanks!
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Old Dec 03, 2010, 12:01 AM
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Lookup ic 555 or 556 circuits online. There are plenty. And they real easy to make. I didn't use whole strips, just 3 led's per "light"(nav, strobe, beacon, tail, landing)
In this video it was my original controller with 555. I just made one with 556. Now I have independent strobe and beacon lights.
Stinson & Trojan (3 min 30 sec)

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Old Dec 03, 2010, 07:43 AM
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Thanks. Do you have a link for a 555 circuit? I'm not too good at DIYing circuits. Also my 12V LEDs are quite the power hungry type.
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Old Dec 03, 2010, 08:38 AM
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Thanks. Do you have a link for a 555 circuit? I'm not too good at DIYing circuits. Also my 12V LEDs are quite the power hungry type.
I think we are using same lights. 12V LED strips. They don't use that much power. I have them plugged in to my 3C LiPO flight battery. I didn't notice drop in run time so am running them all the time even during the day.
How many do you want to use? Chip can handle only so much.

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Old Dec 03, 2010, 11:55 AM
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Depends what do you want to do with the lights. If you want to just turn them on steady, you don't need controller. just plug them in to your 3 cell LiPO.
They have resistors build right in. If you want something more elaborate, something like I made, then I believe you have to make it. I wasn't able to find anything ready and had to do it the hard way. I found few schematics on the net, modified them to accept 12V LED's and more than just one.
Let me know.
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Old Dec 04, 2010, 05:25 AM
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This is pretty low cost for what it does. http://www.lowpricerc.com/product_in...roducts_id=983

I have not bought one so I can't tell you it's reliability. The other nav light kits are great though for the price.
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Old Dec 05, 2010, 09:31 PM
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This is pretty low cost for what it does. http://www.lowpricerc.com/product_in...roducts_id=983

I have not bought one so I can't tell you it's reliability. The other nav light kits are great though for the price.
Aha! Thanks for that. That's what I was looking for.
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