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Aug 25, 2012, 12:19 PM
My poor poor planes.
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I need advice.


I have a couple of twisted hobbys 3d planes. I'm thinking i might turn my 44" edge into a night flier. I ordered some turnigy strips and all the accessories. My question to y'all is, should i face the leds into the foam or away? I heard the turnigys are pretty bright.
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Aug 25, 2012, 02:44 PM
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It all depends on what input voltage you plan to use. At the full 3s 12.6v input they are screamingly bright. But at 2s 8.4v they are not quite bright enough IMHO. Maybe try it both ways and see what you think.

The heli guys often use a small brushed esc as a pwm controller to dim the lights. Not sure if your interested as this can add weight.

If you do end up using 3s like I do just be sure not to look directly at the lights close up. They are ok once I get airborne.
Aug 25, 2012, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by kavic5150
It all depends on what input voltage you plan to use. At the full 3s 12.6v input they are screamingly bright. But at 2s 8.4v they are not quite bright enough IMHO. Maybe try it both ways and see what you think.

The heli guys often use a small brushed esc as a pwm controller to dim the lights. Not sure if your interested as this can add weight.

If you do end up using 3s like I do just be sure not to look directly at the lights close up. They are ok once I get airborne.
Thanks, I'll be using 3s since I have packs laying around for another small plane. I guess your leds are facing outward then, right?
Aug 25, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by winndaddy
Thanks, I'll be using 3s since I have packs laying around for another small plane. I guess your leds are facing outward then, right?
Yeah. And I often forget to tell folks that I have a light tint on my prescription lenses.
Aug 25, 2012, 06:53 PM
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Dang, haha.
Aug 30, 2012, 09:41 PM
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I like the lights pointed inside only on white foam models. If the foam is painted, go ahead and point them outward.

My favorite look though is 3s on balsa models with the LEDs under the covering
Sep 06, 2012, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by kavic5150
The heli guys often use a small brushed esc as a pwm controller to dim the lights. Not sure if your interested as this can add weight.


I recently ordered for the first time some led lights for my electric glider Lanyu Evolution 1.6m. This will be the first time I've experimented with led lights and night flying.

How does the brushed esc work with led lights? I plan on, at first, powering my lights of my flight battery.


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