Hi guys. Those of you who are in the same league with "mistercrash" or "ArmyofDarkness" will not get anything new from this thread but some other mortals might so here it goes...
Apart from bringing bad weather (at least to UK) winter also brings much shorter days so when I get back from work it is already dark outside. Bad weather is now sorted out by my cover (see my signature) this is how I sorted out running in the dark:
If you like what you see and would like to do the same at the costs of 12$ and 1 hour of your time then keep on reading.
Things that I used were all purchased at hobby king and the shopping list looked like this:
- High Density R/C LED Flexible Strip
- Servo Terminals (Futaba) Gold Plated
- Flat 26AWG servo wire 1mtr (R/B/W)
Those LEDs are working directly of 2S or 3S battery. The whole strip consist of 20 sections of 3 LEDs each which you can cut and wire up. U can see the cut line and 4 little dots around it. I used 2 sections of white LEDS for the front and 2 sections of red for rear.
1) So cut of a section of 3 LEDs.
2) Use 4mm drill bit to cut a whole in the bodyshell
3) Fit the first LED in and mark the place for remaining 2 LEDs. Now drill those spots to fit in remaining 2 LEDs
Eventually after fitting them on the inside you will have smth similar on the outside
4) Now we need to wire the whole thing up. And for that you will need basic soldering skills and (in my case) servo wire. Measure how much wire you will need to connect all headlamps in series and cut it into appropriate lengths. On each section (headlamp) by the cut line you will have 2 dots (+ and -). Connect + of one section to + on the other and so with - .
5) In the end you will have all 4 headlamps connected in series.
6) I glued the headlamps to the body from the inside and used decorators masking tape to cover the wire
So in the end it looked like this
Now to power it up I used servo connector pins wrapped in heatshrink and powered it directly from battery balancing port.
In theory each of that 3 LED section consumes 20mah per hour. So in 45min (what I get out of my batteries every run) 4 of those sections will discharge a battery they connected to 60mah more. My LVC is set quite high so no worries about a big dis-balance.
I took it outside tonight and all I could say was WOW! I was so impressed that I thought I'd spent another hour to share it with you. Those who have headlamps will now what I'm talking about. The main purpose of them is to let you know the position of the car, the direction its facing to and where you are going and this handmade-headlamps do so brilliantly.
That's all folks and good luck.