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04-19-2011 10:18 PM  7 years agoPost 1
2tall

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Not a new subject, I'm sure, but perhaps there are new options. I'm looking for a reasonably priced lighting system (less than $100) for my AS350 build. Some of the popular vendors have closed their doors while others have surfaced. I'd prefer to control options directly from the TX using an AUX channel. A LED controller with that feature built-in would be nice. A must would be two simulated anti-collision strobes with adjustable flash rates. Lastly, the typical red/green/white position lights, simulated red beacon, along with a landing light would fill out the needs.

The hard to find features, at least all in one package, seem to be adjustable rate simulated strobes, and built-in TX control. Recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Jon

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04-19-2011 10:35 PM  7 years agoPost 2
BarracudaHockey

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You're probably going to have trouble finding those features in that price range.

Here's the one I have.

http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/...article_id=1316

Andy
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http://www.jaxrc.com

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04-19-2011 10:39 PM  7 years agoPost 3
clive45

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Have a look here, I use this stuff and works well. Tom is also very helpful although it can be hard to get hold of him sometimes.
You can program each channel etc and have it controlled by the throttle. You will need to read the manuals etc.

http://www.tomsha.com/RC/picaxe-miniflash.htm

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04-20-2011 02:36 AM  7 years agoPost 4
reaper31

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i have used this one, it has a very nice beacon.

http://www.wingspanmodels.com/Produ...ics/Beacon.html

Robbert De Bock

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04-20-2011 04:22 AM  7 years agoPost 5
Christopher J

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I'm using the E-Z lights from http://www.eastcoastvario.com The strobes have two different choices of flash rate, there is a simulated beacon, nav lights and two landing light options controled from the Tx. There are pics in my gallery and the BK 117 build thread.

Christopher J
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04-20-2011 09:26 AM  7 years agoPost 6
Dirt Biter

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Progammable strobes? Flashing Beacon? Navigation lights? Landing lights?

Take a look at Dimension Engineering system - pre-programmable from a PC or laptop, powerful white lights for landing or strobe use. I ordered these and was well satisfied with them and they are under your $100 limit.

DELight Starter Kit

Look at this topic

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04-20-2011 01:49 PM  7 years agoPost 7
reddragon

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dimensionengineering.com ^^ +1

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04-20-2011 08:37 PM  7 years agoPost 8
NickC

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Dimension Eng certainly ticks all the boxes for me, I've tried several sets of lights from different manufactures but DE is by far the most flexible, takes a bit to get your head around the programming software but once you do it really is a fantastic bit of kit.

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04-21-2011 06:59 AM  7 years agoPost 9
2tall

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The DE Light Kit has the features I'd like, and at a reasonable price. The small circuit board mounted LEDs seem like they would be awkward to place in some situations. For example, within a scale dome provided by the fuselage manufacturer, such as the red dome on the top of the tail fin on a Century AS350.

Does the DE controller work only with their LEDs, or can standard 5mm LEDs be used as well?

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04-21-2011 09:32 AM  7 years agoPost 10
Dirt Biter

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You can use standard LEDs along with a limiting resistor if you like. If you download the free pdfs you will find all the information you need. This system can run 2W LEDs on certain of the channels if you want mini suns on your bird!

All in all it is a very adaptable and easily used system and should meet most builders needs, the bonus is that it is about $60 for the starter unit and you can add, subtract or change the lighting components to suit your build.

Programming is simple once you read through the guides.

Worth considering if you have budget restrictions or, like me, Scottish!

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04-21-2011 02:29 PM  7 years agoPost 11
coptercptn

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Jon, As you are not far from Waconda, I would venture over to the guys @ RAM products..they could probably build you exactly what you need ...

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

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04-21-2011 02:49 PM  7 years agoPost 12
BarracudaHockey

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I really like the looks of the DE kit, I may have to give one of those a try.

Andy
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http://www.jaxrc.com

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04-21-2011 03:42 PM  7 years agoPost 13
reddragon

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The thing I like most is that you can put up to eight lights on their controller and as stated you can use other lights from other manufacturers on certain channels. You can vary the intensity of the light and vary the flash rate if needed. Lastly it doesn't cost an arm and a leg for the starter kit which comes with the controller and four lights.

Wayne - Fly it like you stole it! You're in good hands with Runryder!

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04-21-2011 10:03 PM  7 years agoPost 14
2tall

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Ordered my DE kit today. The kit and my AS350 from Century should both arrive on Monday. Thanks for the great advice everyone. I'm sure that I'll be back for a bit of programming help.

Jon

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04-21-2011 11:27 PM  7 years agoPost 15
reddragon

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Great. Looking forward to seeing your finished project.

Wayne - Fly it like you stole it! You're in good hands with Runryder!

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04-22-2011 11:59 AM  7 years agoPost 16
Dirt Biter

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A basic setup on the DELight R/C models System
To get your red and green navigation lights to come on full or at a percentage of full use the intensity scale for that light. To have them always on set the trip point to zero.
I have my program set to have the red and green at half power when idling and raise the intensity at half throttle. You do not need to have full intensity to get good results from this system.

here are the settings I have used for this:-

For the Port side navigation light:-

For the Starboard side navigation light:-

Rising and falling intensity red beacon. This is a very basic timing chart but I have had a better one running on the simulator that I will use for my own build. You just have to vary the time signal and intensity values to get exactly what you want

I left this channel idle at the moment but it will be set up for landing lights

First half of the double strobe, this took longer to set up as it would go out of sync with just the merest fraction of a seconds difference in any of the timing segments but some basic maths got it spot on.

The second half of the strobe section.

As you can see from the above I have the navigation lights at reduced power whilst on the ground and at half throttle they rise in intensity. The beacon is at zero and swells up and down in brightness. The strobes come on at 50% throttle as well and are set to give a double flash. It is not necessary to run them at 100% as the intensity of the LEDs is good enough at reduced power.
As mentioned in one of the above postings, a good air flow will also help to reduce the heat but using the trip point helps and also conserves battery power too.

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