Best lights to use for HO diesel engines

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by gregbva123, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. gregbva123

    gregbva123 Member

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    What are the best lights to use for Proto 2000 diesel engines, Bachmann Spectrums and Atlas Master engines when using DCC decoders. These are PRR engines too.

    Should I use 12 or 14 volts lights or LED's? Or use resistors?

    Thanks,
    Greg
  2. Blake

    Blake Member

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    Go on Ebay and search for "bright LED". There is a guy who sells sets of 3 for $4. He includes 3 resistors for use with DCC and some gel filters to make the blue cast of the LED's look more like incandecent lighting. He sells sets for DC or DCC. Buy a gang of them.
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    There's also another fella selling bright white LED's in packs of 10 for $10, and 10 with resistors for 12V for $11. ;)

    Pete
  4. RidgeRunner

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    What about incandescent lights? I tried using 1.5V micro sized lights with a 200 ohm resistor, but the resistor very quickly gets rather hot. Any larger value of a resistor, and the lights dim too much, any smaller and I'd likely cook them.

    Would I be better off to just go ahead and pick up some 14-16v lights?
  5. mnguy

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    In addition, would folks recommend completely removing the constant lighting board, and wiring the pickups, motor, and LED lights directly to the decoder?
  6. Arlaghan

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    Absolutely! This way, you can have constant brightness on your engine lights, whether or not the engine is moving. :D
  7. gregbva123

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    I like that you can add 14 or 16 volt lights to a loco, and not having to use a resistor and a light.

    Thanks,
    Greg