It looks to me from the videos that the strobes (as seen on the Cessna and Bixler) look like they "blink" rather than offer a true strobe effect. Brightness also looks like an issue.
Can anyone comment on this? I have seen better, brighter strobes, and wonder if this system is worth getting, despite the apparently decent navigation light appearance.
Oh, and by the way, if you run a fine sandpaper over the LED, it will diffuse the light so you will get better multi-directional visibility. Just a tip from previous installations.
fatboyfreak, Not sure how you could do this on your Heli, but I recessed mine in the foam of my plane and put hot glue in front of the LED. They are too directional and the glue diffuses the light so it can be seen from all directions better. Hope this helps and Happy flying!
I ran the wires inside frame up to the front landing struts, ran one wire down the tail, one up on top next to receiver and one down under the rear of the frame. Zip ties have become good friends. You are correct in that these are kinda hard to see. I picked up some 5mm leds for the red green I have on skids, as well as sanded them to show better. I simply connected power lead to balance plug. But next light set will have its own battery, use bigger brighter leds.
How well dispersed was the light after you sanded them. Did you get better results? I was considering that on another set I have but didn't know if it would diffuse the light enough or not. Can you post some video? All the best and Happy flying!
fatboyfreak, I just sanded one of the LEDs and compared it to one that I hadn't sanded. What a difference! Much brighter from all around except from the front where it's still pretty bright. But at lease it can be seen much easier. Thanks for the tip. All the best and Happy flying!
The description says "2 white strobe... aset for landing light". The video below shows landing lights and wing tip strobes. Does this kit come with the white wing tip strobes and landing lights? Thanks, David.
David, you can plug the LEDs anywhere you like. I was considering plugging my red and green into the strobe and just having extra white lights. they look best at twilight when you can still see your aircraft but it's dark enough to make the LEDs stand out. On my next build, I will not be using the landing lights unless I put them on a brushelss ESC and on a channel to turn them on and off. It makes it a little difficult to land when the white lights wash out everything else.. Ha ha! All the best and Happy flying!
You could get the Turnigy On/Off switch... It's about $6-7.
But considering that it only consumes 30mA, why bother... I was thinking of doing the same thing on my Yak 12, but it's just too much hassle. It's always nice with those LEDs anyways.
Fantastic bright LED's. Good for scale models like Cessna 182. I have ordered them for my friend's Cessna. They are bright and quite visible in the dusk / dark. However in the sunlight, they are not very visible. Good value for money. Recent price drop from 9.99 to 6. something....
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Small! Good for a .25 sized plane only. Would not recomend for 40 or 60 plane or heli. Shipping is great....
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It has nice case. It is not so expensive. The only negative for me is the lights which is not bright enough. It has focused standart LEDs, I prefer diffused LEDs.