PF Lights and Trains (e.g. 7939)
Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:58 PM
Paying €7 for a couple of LEDs and a bit of wire seemed expensive enough to light up the train, but if I need two sets to light up the front and back lights... well that's very expensive! :(
Posted 20 April 2012 - 05:47 PM
Lifelites, while more expensive, are also more flexible - one kit should be able to light both front and back (and cars). I haven't used these, though, although I do toy with my own LEDs and wires.
Edited by fred67, 20 April 2012 - 05:47 PM.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:19 PM
Interesting, although I'd have to be ordering a fair few of them to justify the $17 shipping charge to me :(
Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:48 PM
You could try rolling your own, too. It's not particularly difficult... searching online will let you know what resistors and so forth you'll need. You'd have to spend money up front if you didn't have a soldering iron and other bits and pieces, but I would think overall, if you wanted to light many things, it'd be cheaper in the long run. I also don't like how large the lifelites wires are. But I know that's not everyone's bag to do stuff like that.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:52 PM
One of our LTC members, kvp, discovered a very useful modding: with a little circuit modification you can modify your PF-LED to be polarity-sensitive: only on ot the leds will turn on for + polarity current, and the other led will turn on for - polarity current. It can be used by signal and by trains with direction-depending lights.
Here is a review in Railbrick 9: (attention, flash content)
http://railbricks.com/media/rb9/ Page 21.
(And this year buying PF-LED by LUGBULK was a very good idea. :) )
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