Best lights to use for HO diesel engines

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

  1. gregbva123

    gregbva123 Member

    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?

  2. Blake

    Blake Member

    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.
  3. Pete

    Pete Member

    There's also another fella selling bright white LED's in packs of 10 for $10, and 10 with resistors for 12V for $11. ;)

  4. RidgeRunner

    RidgeRunner Member

    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

    mnguy New Member

    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

    Arlaghan Member

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

    gregbva123 Member

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


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