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Old Feb 23, 2005, 03:44 PM
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Spot light kit for night flying?! Strange or cool?

Hey guys, I figured I would show you what I whipped up recently. This all started with a trip to Menard's. I saw these perfect spot lights that run on 12 volts and put out 20 watts! These lights are blindingly bright! One light eluminates my entire front yard (small yard ). Anyway, I thought I would whip up some snazzy carbon mounts and I had a brainstorm. I came up with a simple adjustable mount system.

So, what do you think? I figure I could offer a basic generic light kit that could be used on pretty much any heli.

Cool, or just plain weird?

Matt...........
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 03:57 PM
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That is SOO COOL!!
Very good idea you had there matt.
Like to see that illuminate the street at night. :d

I myself ordered some stuff couple of day's ago from this site http://www.elwirecheap.com/rckits.html

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Old Feb 23, 2005, 03:59 PM
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Look like Kodak Carousel projector bulbs. Very bright indeed.
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 04:00 PM
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I think they look cool and are probably really bright man!

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Old Feb 23, 2005, 04:17 PM
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I think single light low, and another pointing at the rotor blade would be really cool for night flying. (or one inside the canopy, lighting it up) I've been meaning to do something similiar with super blight white LEDs, but always get sidetracked. I have a 24LED array that runs on 12V at home. draws 200 miliamps and about bright as 10watters....
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 04:19 PM
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Although not quite up to your scale, there is only so much you can carry on a micro!

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Old Feb 23, 2005, 04:40 PM
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Sweet Matt. Those look like low voltage halogen downlighters. You should be able to get them in 50 watt too. But what is really neat is that LED based drop-in replacements for those lamps are starting to hit the streets - they're about as bright as the 20 watt halogens you have, but they use only 1 watt!

How difficult do you think it'd be to get your lights to tilt up and down?


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Old Feb 23, 2005, 05:04 PM
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Thanks for the comments, Guys. It would be very easy to make it tilt.

So, what do you guys think about a kit? The bulbs are $2.50 each and each light assembly needs a set of Corona tail boom clamps at $8. So, I would have $21 plus about $8 of carbon in it. Hmm, I would have to get about $45 for a light kit. Is it worth it? Should I list this on my web site?

Matt...........

Oh, as for current consumption, it still only uses a couple amps. No biggie.
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 05:15 PM
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That sounds reasonable I'd say.

I actually want to try find some info on the LED drop-ins. Those 20 watt lamps should draw about 1.6A continuous current, but the LED lamps probably only around 100mA. I'll post here if I find anything...


Aragon

P.S. Mind you, it should be easy enough to just stick a bunch of LEDs into a disc the same diameter of those lamps....
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 05:18 PM
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I would have $21 plus about $8 of carbon in it
That would be with the carbon tube?

But what I don't really understand it the power. you say 12v so it wouldn't be possible to connect it straight on the tx. Do you use an extra battery for that?
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 05:24 PM
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But what I don't really understand it the power. you say 12v so it wouldn't be possible to connect it straight on the tx. Do you use an extra battery for that?
Connected directly to the main battery, parallel with ESC. The lights will be just a bit dimmer if you're using 8-cell NiMH.


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Old Feb 23, 2005, 06:05 PM
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Very COOL and reasonable......

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Old Feb 23, 2005, 06:17 PM
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That sounds reasonable I'd say.

I actually want to try find some info on the LED drop-ins. Those 20 watt lamps should draw about 1.6A continuous current, but the LED lamps probably only around 100mA. I'll post here if I find anything...


Aragon

P.S. Mind you, it should be easy enough to just stick a bunch of LEDs into a disc the same diameter of those lamps....
Google for "Mr16 LED"

Heres a few links...

www.sunbriteleds.com/product.asp?id=86
http://www.lightingfx.com/item--MR16...ulb--L12V16-WH
www.led-lightbulbs.co.uk
http://www.superbrightleds.com/MR16_specs.htm
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 06:21 PM
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Cool!

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Old Feb 23, 2005, 06:36 PM
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and if you want super lightweight bicycle lamp, there you are. I think you can market it to bicycle crowd as well. (have a set on your recumbent and mtb) BT stealth lamp. super light, super bright and just SUPER.... good job.
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