Spectrum Doodle Bug

BC Rail King May 9, 2000

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    Any one wanna sugest how I could get better interier light with a Spectrum doodle bug? I would like it kinda bright, however, I am using it at a non-DCC layout, so it's not an option to just say "Go DCC!" LOL

    Happy Railroading!

    Dane N.

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  2. ChrisDante

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    Hi there,

    The trick to make your lamps brighter is to use a lower voltage lamp than the train's normal speed is.

    For example: lets say that your normal running speed for the doodlebugs are about 11 volts. (to do that you place a volt meter across your terminals and measure at various speeds.)
    Now get a lamp or wire a series of lamps (that's right series not parallell) and put the appropriate dropping resistor so that at 11 volts you are running the lamps at about 90% of rated capacity. That way the lamps will last a while and stay bright almost all the time.
    Hope this helps. LOL

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    for constant lighting i use 6 diodes and 1.5 volt bulbs once the locos reach 1.5 volts the lights are fully on and can be directional as well, but all of them will have to come out when i finally get round to installing DCC on my new layout

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