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#1 derek8619

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:35 AM

I've recently got back into model building and I'm very curious how I would go about wiring led lights for headlights, tail lights and possibly an interior light . I've searched the web but can't find anything for 1/24 scale. I was thinking of using AAA batteries or maybe watch batteries if they're powerful enough and hiding them in the trunk.

I also need a website or two that sells everything I would need as I do not have a hobby shop near by.

Any thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated !! :)

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:45 AM

The people who work with trains could help you out. there are lighting kits available for that type of thing.search out those supplier's

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:51 AM

Brilliant! That never crossed my mind :$ thanks!!

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:03 AM

Here's all you need. Small LEDs draw a miniscule amount of current, especially these. I'll be happy to do a wiring diagram for you, if you want.

 

http://www.modeltrai...iatureleds.html



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:01 AM

You might want to read these...

 

http://www.modelcars...=+mach +working

 

http://www.modelcars...=+mach +working



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:02 AM

Ace! That website is perfect !! Thank you! A diagram would be great!! What size led would you recommend using?

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:16 AM

Ace! That website is perfect !! Thank you! A diagram would be great!! What size led would you recommend using?

 

I usually use the 5mm for headlights because I got a bunch of them cheap for a 1:1 project. Normal car seal-beam headlights came in 7" and about 5.5" round, so the 5mm, approximately 5 scale inches in 1/25, work well. The 3mm work well for projector-style headlights, and the 1.8mm can look like a bulb back behind a lens. It really just depends on the look you want. They make almost no heat, so you can usually wrap them in aluminum foil to prevent stray light in taillight installations, etc.

 

As far a wiring goes, you should be able to run enough LEDs for the non-flashing lights in a car from one coin-holder-switch. Connections are simple...connect all the red wires together and all the black wires together, insulate the connections and you're done.