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Old Aug 31, 2012, 12:25 AM
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Lights (LED) Show me your lights!

I want to make my quad into a light show. I have made the initial setup of lights. I'm going to get some fpv gear next. Then I'm going to add a led controller. I have been stumped on my search for a good 1-2 channel led controller. I have found a few I will list below.

I have two of these facing forwards.
LED Lights 18 LED for night FPV
http://www.urbandrones.com/LED-Light...-FPV_p_40.html

These in red on the rear arms and white on the front.
12" LED Light Strip (18 Lights)
http://www.commonsenserc.com/product...pd39b7si5nh8e7

I plan on adding a few of these.
BLINKM, THE SMART LED
http://thingm.com/products/blinkm


Show me your lights!
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 01:04 AM
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Another good LED light option is the MR16 12v downlights. You can pick them up cheap off ebay. They are super bright and dont consume too many amps. Ive used a 12w one rigged up to a receiver controlled switch as a spotlight.

V-Tail Quadcopter Night Flyer (2 min 16 sec)
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 07:02 AM
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283 LEDs on 9 channels. Eight channels have 28 different chase sequences with speed control. The Rabbit FC has the 8 channel LED outputs. My first build. It is just a little bit too heavy so I took half of the electronics apart to rework them and removed a secondary lower plate and extra battery holder. I am switching to 4S batteries from 3S to get more thrust.
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 10:31 AM
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Another good LED light option is the MR16 12v downlights. You can pick them up cheap off ebay. They are super bright and dont consume too many amps. Ive used a 12w one rigged up to a receiver controlled switch as a spotlight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbJxRZhYBhA
I like the spotlight idea.
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 11:24 AM
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Do you need to use an extension cord when you fly that thing?
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 11:45 AM
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here is mine
Night Flying Tricopter with removable LED's (6 min 14 sec)
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 11:52 AM
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These in red on the rear arms and white on the front.
12" LED Light Strip (18 Lights)
http://www.commonsenserc.com/product...pd39b7si5nh8e7
Mine looks a little like yours. First night flight with it was last night. I'm thinking of adding strobe or two. That searchlight looks cool too. Hrmmm.
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 12:52 PM
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Not as much lights, but enough to have some fun:

Leds (5 min 30 sec)


Martin
ps. franke: nice job on the Scorpion tri!! Wow!
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 01:00 PM
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Red rear and white front, 18 per arm, one 12 red leds cluster at the back and one 1W white led at the front.
85 leds total. Excellent visibility.

RedQuad Night Flight Part 1 (1 min 56 sec)


Xcopter night flight (1 min 35 sec)
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 01:46 PM
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My LED setup is pretty basic. 1m of white and 1m of red along the arms. I'm controlling them with a basic receiver controlled switch, so just on or off.
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Old Sep 01, 2012, 11:24 PM
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Some pretty cool looking setups. We need more data captain!


Stunt Double
I was trying to achieve the same thing as you with my led panels. I might have to go for those if my light can't do the job. Pretty sick video.
What did you use for a switch on the spot?

franke
That thing looks crazy! I think you'll be much happier on 4s. My quad came to life on 4s.

hallstudio
I have been looking for this video for so long. I saw it when you first posted it. I didn't know the kk board could do that. Great pilot and awesome video. What is the back light on the other tri that looks like night rider? Where did you get it? Pretty cool collection you have there. I dig the props on the floor.

turbodriven
Love the pool noodles. Looks like a robot on the ground. The CD case cove looks perfect.

phover
What are those flashing on the end of the arms?

Mortimer
Looks like mine in the air.

pberge
Nice arm coverage. I think I'm the only one with gimped arm lights. I'm going to have to fill that in.


I found a pretty cool multi color led strip. I'm thinking about putting a strip on the bottom each arm and maybe a design with the rest.

RC Multi color led strip

Specs:
Length: 2000mm (LED Strip only - can be cut to size)
Weight: 44g (Total)
Input Voltage: 7v~12.6v


stevoss gives a good description of the modes on HK product thread. Give him a thumbs up for his help.

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Mine arrived today. They're reasonably bright running off a 3 cell lipo. 60 LEDs in a 2m strip. Each LED has a red/green/blue component. Cycling through each mode produces the following sequence: 1) Slow cycle (Red,Blue,Green) 2) Constant Blue 3) Rapid Cycle (Red,Blue,Green) 4) Constant White (has a purplish tinge) 5) Constant Cyan 6) White flashing (1 sec frequency) 7 Slow Color Drift 8) Constant Green. That's 8 different modes I can get, not 9. Can't seem to get a constant red mode which is a bit odd. Good value though. If you don't use it on your planes, you can always put it on your Christmas tree at the end of the year
I'll make a video after I re-position the panels.

Now to order lights!!!!!!
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Old Sep 02, 2012, 11:58 PM
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Here is the video of the 4x18 led dji f450 naza w/ gps night flying. I crafted some support for the led panel to hold them at the right angle. I'd like to actuate the LED panels to follow the camera. The supports work for now though.

I didn't capture the light with the camera well enough to do it justice. I'll make a better video tomorrow.

Quadcopter LED lights DJI f450 naza (1 min 5 sec)
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Old Sep 04, 2012, 01:14 AM
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I have the 12v LEDs wired to the 4S battery.... and two switchable strobes running from the Rx.

DJI F450 LEDs 2 (0 min 52 sec)
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Old Sep 04, 2012, 11:17 PM
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Pretty fancy flying there Torque66. I like the strobes.

I made a better video of the new light setup.
Quad night flying (2 min 29 sec)
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Old Sep 05, 2012, 10:05 AM
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9 mode remote led strip.
http://goo.gl/8ReSX

remote switch - for the front lights.
http://goo.gl/RbtOG
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