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Dec 02, 2010, 03:21 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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Dec 02, 2010, 11:01 PM
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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)

Rob
Dec 03, 2010, 06:43 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.
Dec 03, 2010, 07:38 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.

Rob
Dec 03, 2010, 10:55 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.
Rob
Dec 04, 2010, 04:25 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.
Dec 05, 2010, 08:31 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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