Step Lights

platypus Jul 4, 2024

  1. platypus

    platypus TrainBoard Member

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    After some fidgeting with the tape I was able to get a better fit but it still felt like something was not all the way latched. But it was good enough to put it on the track and take some photos.
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    I wasn't satisfied with the consistency of the ditch lights. Not sure if it was the difference in how the fiber was bent or how it was placed but the brightness wasn't uniform. In the photo above the rear step light is casting a clear pool of light on the ground where the front step light is not.

    I have ordered some 0201 leds and will have to give them a try. To see if they are any better.
     
  2. freddy_fo

    freddy_fo TrainBoard Member

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    I always run LEDs directly in the ditch light housings. These work perfect: https://www.ebay.com/itm/353943129775. You may have to play around with the resistor size to get them to match the intensity of the headlight if on analog or wiring to the same output as the headlight.

    Usually when I take the effort to run ditch lights I wire them up to the decoder so I can get them to flash alternately as that adds another cool effect.

     
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  3. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter

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    Hot dog ! I am on fire now ! Here is a new handrail set for my SD90 and I have glued an 0201 led onto the bottom of each lowest step.
    I only had two wired together and powered by a 2032 3v batt. for testing purposes. I will add some more Aleene's Tacky Glue to the sides and back of the leds to gain some strength, then I shall use silver then black paint to stop light leak from sides of led. Fun, fun, fun, I'll keep you posted. BTW, I will use 0201's in the ditch lights.

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  4. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter

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    Here is another test with my old SD90 parts. The led is glued to the bottom of the 2nd step to shine down on the very bottom step. i have painted some black paint but I need to do a better job around the sides, rear and front of the led. I see some bleed through but I want to see only light on the bottom step.

    At any rate it is doable and I am hooked, just need to "get er done" ! Crazy ? For sure ! Keeps me out of the bars !
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  5. platypus

    platypus TrainBoard Member

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    So I finally got my 0201 LEDs and they sure are small. Have not wired them up yet but I am encouraged by your results @Carl Sowell
     
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    If you use an ESU Loksound/Lokpilot decoder, you can actually adjust the LED brightness of each function output LED to have matched intensity!
     
  7. freddy_fo

    freddy_fo TrainBoard Member

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    Exactly! I've used other brands that allow the same too but the lokprogrammer app on the PC makes for very simple adjustments like light intensity.
     
  8. platypus

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    Got the LEDs installs. Sort of. Managed to break one off while putting the shell back on for a test fit.

    The 0201 LED are easier to work with compared to the fiber optic piping. Not that they are easy though. They are quite small. Barely bigger than the ends of the wires.

    They are too bright. I'll have to work on painting them black to cut down on some of the light.

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