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Old Dec 31, 2012, 01:25 PM
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Turnigy RC/LED Lighting System -- alternative?

This Turnigy RC LIghting System has its strong points, like it provides an easy to deploy lighting layout for small to mid sized planes. It has a huge downside though, namely the LEDs just aren't that bright. They're OK close in, and you can get a decent glimpse of them here and there at just the right angle. These lights definitely don't have pop though.

I'm thinking of replacing the LEDs with better, brighter ones -- assuming they're wired cleanly, is there any reason why LED's with greater pop would cause the system to fail?

What is the best, high visibility, high "pop" lighting system for small to medium planes in the same price category as the Turnigy kit? The Turnigy kit is super cheap, as in around $7-. So I'm looking, say, at $20ish dollars, up to say around $30- for a decent kit.

Suggestions?

Thanks!
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Old Jan 07, 2013, 09:11 PM
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I'm thinking of replacing the LEDs with better, brighter ones -- assuming they're wired cleanly, is there any reason why LED's with greater pop would cause the system to fail?

What is the best, high visibility, high "pop" lighting system for small to medium planes in the same price category as the Turnigy kit? The Turnigy kit is super cheap, as in around $7-. So I'm looking, say, at $20ish dollars, up to say around $30- for a decent kit.

Suggestions?

Thanks!
I believe the small heat shrink covered board on the Turnigy system holds the resistors for the LEDs, so you'd need to figure out what size they are and make sure they could properly run your replacement LEDs. Personally I build my own. LEDs are cheap, resistors are even cheaper. Add wire, some heat shrink tubing and a little soldering and you're good to go. I get most of my LEDs from these guys: http://evilmadscience.com/productsmenu/partsmenu/89-led

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Old Jan 29, 2013, 03:45 PM
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I currently have a plane with LED on it but they simply arent bright enough. How do I know which size is good to replace them and can I buy pairs or do i need a whole set?
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 06:50 AM
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I currently have a plane with LED on it but they simply arent bright enough. How do I know which size is good to replace them and can I buy pairs or do i need a whole set?
We can't really help you much unless you give us more to go on.

1. What is the plane? Manufacturer? Model?
2. Where are the LEDs located?
3. How are the LEDs powered?
4. Do you want LEDs strips or discrete LEDs?
5. Are you able make your own lighting from separate parts?

I'm not being awkward, but in order to give a sensible and useful answer you must tell us more to start with.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 11:29 AM
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If you want to light up an aircraft at night, I would look at these systems...

http://www.aurorarc.com/products-page

http://www.chiefaircraft.com/radio-c...g-systems.html
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 01:29 PM
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I use these and love them with all the programming that can be done.

http://www.dimensionengineering.com/...ht-starter-kit

Here is a quick vid of them on my f22
Final light setup on f22 (1 min 13 sec)
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Old Jan 31, 2014, 08:54 PM
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I use these and love them with all the programming that can be done.

http://www.dimensionengineering.com/...ht-starter-kit

Here is a quick vid of them on my f22
http://youtu.be/GLGjsUrst44

Your light arrangement looks superb.
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