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Coach Lighting The Easy Way...
#16
Nice one super, just bear in mind with the remote control one the box needs line of sight to the remote as it will be an infra-red (IR) signal which operates it.  I know you probably know that, but just in case Angel


Of course if you can get away with a big control box stashed in the train somewhere maybe you should be looking at EL strips instead of LED's?  They can be cut to length and provide a constant strip of light similar to a flourescent tube in comparison to a bunch of bulbs...

Also meant to say I found this article on Reed Switches don't know if this is of help, but you could potentially use one of these to replace a physical switch and then find somewhere to place a magnet on the car to turn the lights on (maybe on the underside of the car).
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#17
No, that didn't dawn on me about the remote needing to be able to 'see' the battery box. I did a little test and of course you are right. I wasn't really planning on using the Remote as there is an On/Off switch on the battery box but I have decided that the Button Cell version is the best for the uses I have in mind The wire is thinner and is silver which makes it less noticeable in the Layout and the tiny battery pack will be easy to hide.

I am not sure I am understanding the Reed Switches correctly...are they only 'Momentary'...meaning that the magnet has to be near it to stay either in the On or Off position and when it moves away the switch reverts back to its opposite pole?
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Hi Super,

Are you planning to use these new lighting packs on the layout rather than in the coaches?  Sorry my misunderstanding if so, but still good options for providing building lights and stuff without loads of trailing wires etc...

Reed switches are momentary on/off or multi-pole depending on the type you get.  You can get them either as on or off as the default value which then flops when you apply the magnet.  Although you also get two pole versions, in that you have one lead going in and two coming out, without the magnet one out lead will be live, with the magnet the other out lead will be live instead.  So the latter could be used say for dual colour signal lights or something, so you could have red as default and green when a magnet is in the right place.  I'm sure there could be far more uses as well, but that is just what springs to mind Smile
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Scenario for a Reed Switch....Station has lights with a Reed Switch...Train, with Magnet passes the Station....turns the lights 'ON' but once the train's magnet passes the station the lights go 'Off' because its a momentary switch?
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Totally correct, I suspect the little circuit board that comes with the lighting set from Hornby looks for that momentary contact and then flips an electronic switch on/off until it gets another signal from the reed switch to flip again.  Now if I can only find a circuit that does that then it will be a doddle Smile
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If they are only 'Momentary' Switches then I can't see how they would be good for coach lighting. Maybe best for them to control a momentary action on a Layout for example: Crossing gates come down and lights flash as a train rolls over a crossing and once passed, the gates go up and crossing lights go out. But with something like that there would have to be a magnet in each coach and engine to increase the 'momentary' time that the switch stays open or closed as the case may be.
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Agreed, unless of course you have one of these little circuit boards that come with the Hornby lights or similar, there must be a chip or circuit out there that does it, if (when) I get some spare time to do a bit of research I'll see what I can turn up Smile
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#23
Don't go out of you way Nigel, its the Holidays, use your time wisely to search for new goodies to supply your habit collections. Big Grin
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Super, I'm on leave between the 29th Dec and 7th Jan so effectively when I include statuatory holidays the 25th Dec to 7th Jan so will have plenty of time to do research among other activities.  Of course scanning fleabay will be bottom of my list Angel
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I hope Mr Nigels doesn't mind me showing these lights in this Thread but eureka...I found exactly what I needed and looked for. The first wire LED lights using the Button Battery pack was close to what I was going to use them for...the bulbs were spaced too far apart and I would have had to double up the lengths to get them closer together which would then double up the wires exposing them more. What I finally found out is that most of the fairy lights came with 20 bulbs 4 inches apart on a wire 7.7 feet long. What I finally found was a 20 bulb on a 3.3 feet long wire...perfect...the bulbs are now closer at 2 inches apart...fantastic. This is the only one I found withe the bulbs only 2 inches apart. Everything else is 4 inches apart. What I also like is that its only 3.3 feet long which creates less waste if I have to cut them to fit. Also...the wire being silver is perfect as its blends in better than the copper color wire and...these tiny LED's are close the the scale of our trains which makes them fit in better in a Layout IMO.

I am hoping to be able to take some still pictures and/video of the complete first project in Supers Thread when I figure out the best way to take night time pictures.

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Super I don't mind in the slightest, nice to see you find a workable and probably cheaper solution, I look forward to seeing the results! Big Grin
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