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Old Jul 30, 2012, 01:17 PM
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Be careful, I have a plane that is to bright to fly. It hurts your eyes to look at it.
The white LEDs are the brightest by far. Followed by blue, green, and red (in that approximate order). You do want to be concerned about weight on smaller planes. My 33" 3DHS Extra has 180 lights on it and I could definitely feel the weight after I added them. It still flies pretty good and is a little better in a breeze, but it was noticeable. I also had to add some bracing to the wings! The Hacker motor I had on it was OK before I put the lights on, after that vertical performance was noticeably retarded. I ended up putting a little bit bigger Motrolfly on it and it does fine with that.

There would be a number of ways you could "tone down the brightness" if you found it to be too much. A small GWS brushed ESC is one way. You could also probably do something with some diodes as well.

I sure enjoy the night flying in the hot summer! I've flown 10 times as much at night as I have in the day for the past few months! Lots o fun...
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Old Jul 30, 2012, 02:18 PM
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The white LEDs are the brightest by far. Followed by blue, green, and red (in that approximate order). You do want to be concerned about weight on smaller planes. My 33" 3DHS Extra has 180 lights on it and I could definitely feel the weight after I added them. It still flies pretty good and is a little better in a breeze, but it was noticeable. I also had to add some bracing to the wings! The Hacker motor I had on it was OK before I put the lights on, after that vertical performance was noticeably retarded. I ended up putting a little bit bigger Motrolfly on it and it does fine with that.

There would be a number of ways you could "tone down the brightness" if you found it to be too much. A small GWS brushed ESC is one way. You could also probably do something with some diodes as well.

I sure enjoy the night flying in the hot summer! I've flown 10 times as much at night as I have in the day for the past few months! Lots o fun...
Yes, I show those methods in my video, and explain some of the issues with the LED strips and alternative methods. Each method has advantages and disadvantages.

All About LEDs for RC Night Flying (23 min 52 sec)
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Old Jul 30, 2012, 06:41 PM
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My old T-rex 450 night flyer initially had the canopy and boom lights rinning off the main 3s pack. But the halo effect was terrible! Orientation was almost impossible!

Solution was a small 250mah 2s pack velcroed underneath.

T-Rex 450 Night Flight - Forsyth 2011 (2 min 2 sec)
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Old Aug 06, 2012, 08:35 AM
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I have used a Hobby King RC switch and some diodes for a dimmer switch.

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Old Aug 12, 2012, 04:42 PM
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My Parkzone T-28 equipped for night. Running directly off the 3S balance connector for now. I'd like to add a brushed speed control soon to dim it down a bit for flying in total darkness.

Put 4 batteries through it last night -- I *love* this. Very cool.

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Old Aug 12, 2012, 06:03 PM
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I did a double foamy build. One has a RGB controller. It was a lot of extra work to wire 3 circuits but it has some nice effects. It has dimming, strobe, chase and random flash, plus 12 combinations of on/off.
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Old Aug 12, 2012, 06:09 PM
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The second one I put a strip of LED behind the fuse brace. It looks like a flourescent light bulb. On the SFG I put a line one inch above the wing, so it shines on the wing and fuse. I like this one the best.
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Old Aug 12, 2012, 06:22 PM
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I can tell a lot of effort went into the last three posts!!! They all look great!

I always wanted to put strips like you did on the bottom of your wing, but MAN is that a lot of soldering!!!!!!!

Very nice, thanks for sharing, and have fun with em!
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 06:47 AM
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Maiden flight of the RGB foamy.

RGB Foamy (2 min 6 sec)
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 11:20 AM
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Has anyone tried mounting LED on white EPP foam with the LEDs facing inward? It seems like most of the light would still make its way through the foam, although it would be scattered in more directions.
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 11:36 AM
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Yes, it works great. Makes a nice effect. Have seen several Fun Cubs done that way.
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 03:21 PM
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What rgb strip controller did you use?
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 06:05 PM
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RGB controller

http://www.lowpricerc.com/product_in...c0e2ce94965441
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Old Aug 15, 2012, 01:24 PM
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Crack Yak 55 32" with 120 LED's Night Fly (1 min 32 sec)
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Old Aug 18, 2012, 07:58 AM
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Mugi with fireworks
Mugi night with fireworks (1 min 30 sec)


Mugi 125% with green laser
Mugi Night Flying with chases and lasers haimgil, sharonx (4 min 47 sec)


Quad at fireworks meeting (Mugi with extreme fireworks) - UFO style soundtrack - lets see if you can identify it's source (-:
UFOs Meteors and Dots of Light (2 min 1 sec)
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