ONLINE
STORE
"ASK THE BACH MAN"
FORUM
PARTS, SERVICE,
& INFORMATION
CATALOGS AND
BROCHURES

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
July 22, 2018, 12:28:00 PM
Home Help Search Login Register
News: Check out the photo gallery link above or >click here< to see photos of recently announced products!
+  Bachmann Message Board
|-+  Discussion Boards
| |-+  N
| | |-+  Converting to LED?
« previous next »
Pages: [1] Print
Author Topic: Converting to LED?  (Read 1090 times)
MatroxD

View Profile
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:47:11 PM »

Hi, I am new and have a mixed small layout that has HO and N scale. My HO engines have led in them for driving lights. I have one of the reef 0-4-0 switchers, and it has an analog bulb in it. I much prefer the less brightness and color. How exactly, and what would I need to convert the switcher bulb to led? And I'm wondering if it will do like my alro s2 and gp40 in that it will pretty much be illuminated even if the switcher engine is running slow? Or is that within the actual wiring of the two HO engines?

Thanks a ton and glad to be here and enjoying this hobby..
Logged
MatroxD

View Profile
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2018, 06:24:22 PM »

I guess boo one knows. I'll have to buy another engine I guess
Logged
TJ

View Profile
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2018, 11:32:59 AM »

I guess boo one knows. I'll have to buy another engine I guess
MatroxD , Please kindly give us some time to reply, it's only been a day. And may I suggest that you should not be that impatient .

Thank You,
TJ 
Logged
spookshow


View Profile WWW
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2018, 03:58:10 PM »

What's a reef 0-4-0? Never heard of it.
Logged

James in FL

View Profile
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2018, 11:06:40 PM »

Itís not that quick and easy at first but soon becomes so.
First, have you decided on color temperature? (Daylight, bright white, cool white, warm white, etc.).
Then, have you decided on the LEDís you are going to use?
What is rating of said LED? Forward Voltage and current (amp) draw?
Where are you pulling power from? The trucks or frame, or the board (the voltage will be different, the board already has a resistor for the light.)
The brightness (intensity) is directly related to the resistor you will need. Buy several values to try, up to 1k.

You will wire the LED and resistor in series to the anode side of the LED.

What youíll need to accomplish this;
Time, patience.
Soldering iron and related paraphernalia.
Multi meter.
Shrink tubing or Kapton tape.

Many calculators on line to figure this out for you, here is but one;

https://www.hobby-hour.com/electronics/ledcalc.php

Good luck



« Last Edit: January 20, 2018, 11:33:25 PM by James in FL » Logged
MatroxD

View Profile
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2018, 07:43:41 AM »

Thank you. I have even grabbed this, as I use my phone for most of my communications in forums.

I may just send up buying a new engine (good enough excuse to buy one) as I just finished my roadbed for my 4 lines, and honestly, I don't know now if I feel like messing with it. Maybe later..

However, thank you for this information
Logged
MatroxD

View Profile
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2018, 05:04:04 AM »

I have actually sidelined this little project as I am working on the scenery and roadbed. I think I am going to buy a new engine today eventually. Just to add to the collection, and switch them out periodically.

And as for the comments about a day and patience. I suppose I am just more used to forums that have more traffic(not to mention that people viewed the thread and its right there). But my keyboard was acting up and the post was wonky.. But I'll keep that in mind if I have to start another thread on this forum.
Logged
Pages: [1] Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  
Powered by SMF | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!