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Lighting Effects for Aircraft

 

 

Due to the wide variety of modeling scales, LEDs for use with these products are sold separately and can be found by clicking on the Lighting Products link at the left side of this page.

NEW LOW-VOLTAGE SIMULATORS SEE DETAILS BELOW

Miniature Simulator Modules
Smaller than a decoder at just .31" x .31" and utilizing the industry’s smallest microcontroller and associated circuitry, these modules consume less than 500 µa (<1/2 ma). Typical peak operating current with LED(s) attached and running through full brightness curves range from 18-38 ma. This makes them ideally suited for operation when powered directly by a function output of any of today's HO, N or Z-scale DCC decoders. Input voltage range 6-18 volts DC, so they'll work with nearly every layout environment. On-board current limiting resistor and input wires included.
Early-era Flasher Simulator

This simulator replicates the older-style signal and hazard warning flashers that used incandescent (filament) lamps to generate light. Typical flash rate of 3/4 second with a increasing and decreasing brightness curve to duplicate that of filament type lamps. Three outputs will each drive up to one pair (wired in  series) of red and/or yellow LEDs Outputs flash sequentially so the module could also drive a very short series of "chase" lights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two new LOW-VOLTAGE Simulator families have been introduced: The NLA803X series for analog (DC) operation, and the NLD803X for DCC Sound decoders with 3.3-volt accessory functions and RC applications that use 3.7-3.8 volt batteries. These low-voltage versions have a wide effective input voltage range of 3.2 to 16 (maximum) volts DC.
To select a Simulator best suited for your scale and type of operation click on "
Which Sim is best for me?" in the More Info table to the right of each product description below.

 

 

 

Beacon Simulator

This simulator provides a single repeating burst, increasing and decreasing in intensity to accurately represent roof beacons like those made by Prime and Federal used by most railroads. The N8032 supports either yellow or red 20ma LEDs. The N8032A is for white or blue LEDs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Info
Connecting
Video coming soon

 

 

 

More Info N8042C
Which Sim is best for me?
Connecting N8042C
Connecting NLA/D8042C
LED Construction
Video of effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item# Cart Price
N8049C

$14.95

2 or more
$11.95 each
N8049D

$14.95

2 or more
$11.95 each

Cascadable Chase Light Simulator

This simulator will sequence 6 white or yellow-white LEDs in succession (1 through 6) then repeat over and over when input control is grounded (-DC). Unlike the chase light Simulator above, this version can be cascaded together for a virtually unlimited chase sequence. Click on Connecting in  More Info (to the right) for details of wiring and operation. The N8049D version is for red, orange, and/or yellow LEDs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Info
Connecting Arc
Connecting Gas
Video of effect

Arc & Gas Welding Simulators

Finally, welding simulation that looks just like the real thing! A bit of shameless back-patting, but we believe it is warranted. These simulators are configured for connection of two LEDs to accurately reproduce the varying intensity, intermittence and slight color changes just like real welders. Our Nano LEDs are perfect for reproducing these effects. N8064 is the arc welder and N8064B is the gas welder. See Connecting under More Info to the right, for product details.

Item# Cart Price
N8064

$13.95

N8064B
$13.95

 

 

 

 

 

More Info
Connecting
Video coming soon
Item# Cart Price
N8071

$14.95

N8071B
$14.95

Tower Beacon/Strobe Simulator

The N8071 is configured to generate either a beacon effect (ramping up & down of brightness - the default setting), or a strobe effect for the primary (top of tower) red LED. Additionally, up to 4 more red or yellow LEDs can be connected which will run in a continuously-on state. This configuration allows this module to simulate the lighting of many different radio, cell and TV towers. The N8071B is configured for a primary (top of tower) white LED. This is typical for towers with a strobe light at top position.

 

 

 

 

 

6-LED Police Strobe-bar Simulator

How often have we seen a roof-mounted strobe-bar on a police vehicle from a mile or more away? Very eye-catching to say the least This circuit will sequence 6 LEDs in rapid strobe-like fashion, simulating the effects of typical police vehicle roof-mounted strobe bars. The configuration is quite dazzling in appearance and is intended for two white, two blue and two red (or yellow) LEDs.  The N8072A is for two blue, two yellow & two red LEDs.

Item# Cart Price
N8072

$14.95

N8072A
$14.95
More Info
Connecting
Video coming soon

 

Supports up to 200mA and 18VDC per output channel

Simulator Booster Boards

 

 

 

Item# Cart Price
N8032
$12.95
NLA8032
$13.95
NLD8032
$13.95
N8032A
$12.95
NLA8032A
$13.95
NLD8032A
$13.95

More Info
Connecting
Item# Cart Price
N8103-1

$12.95

N8103-2

$14.95

N8103-3

$16.95

The tiny size of our Miniature Simulator modules above make them extremely versatile for all modeling scales. However, this size also limits output driving capability to 25mA at 5-volts DC per output channel. This is sufficient to support a very wide range of lighting effects.

 

 

However, there are many modeling situations where a particular lighting effect may be desirable if it can be reproduced on many LEDs (series or parallel groups) or LEDs that exceed the 25mA or 5-volts DC. This is where our Booster Boards shine (forgive the pun). At just 0.8" x 1.50", these small boards increase a simulator's output up to 200mA and DC voltage of  9-18 VDC. This greatly expands the versatility of many of our Simulator products. Although probably not a realistic application, imagine driving 50 or 60 LEDs with a Beacon Simulator! 

The Boosters come in 3 flavors: N8103-1 to support a single output Simulator (i.e., N8032 Beacon), N8103-2 for 2 output Simulators (i.e., N8038 Early-era Alternating Flasher), and N8103-3 for 3-output Simulators (i.e., N8043 Universal Strobe). A Simulator is easily be piggybacked on a Booster Board (connecting wire included) and share a common power input for both.

 

 

 

Item# Cart Price
N8037
$13.25
NLA8037
$14.95
NLD8037
$14.95

Rotating Beacon Simulators

These modules reproduce a highly realistic simulation of rotating beacons by sequencing LEDs (sold separately) that are positioned to produce the effect. See the More Info table to the right for complete information. The N8042 is for a red or yellow 3-LED assembly. The timing of the rotational effect closely replicates that of rotating beacons seen on various aircraft including helicopters. The N8042A is the white-LED version. The N8042C is for a  red or yellow 4-LED assembly that simulates the "gumball" type of rotating beacon.

Item# Cart Price
N8042

$12.95

NLA8042/A
$13.95
NLD8042/A
$13.95
N8042C
$13.95
NLA8042C
$14.95
NLD8042C
$14.95
<Universal Strobe Simulator

This simulator will support strobe effects for a wide range of aircraft. The strobe pulse is a short 70ms burst occurring either once per second on all three outputs simultaneously, or when the simulator input is grounded, on two outputs together and one output separately, alternating at one-half second intervals .  See Examples of use in the More Info table to the right for complete information.

Item# Cart Price
N8043

$13.95

NLA8043
$14.95
NLD8043
$14.95
Custom Lighting Effect Simulators

Do you need a special lighting effect that that no one produces or have a unique prototype requirement? We may be able to help. The N8050 will support 1 LED output, the N8051, 2 LED outputs, and the N8052 will support 3 LED outputs. For an additional programming charge (quoted separately), we will program the appropriate simulator to create your effect. Just email or call us with your requirements. We will review them, determine if they are within the capabilities of our simulator, and if so, respond with our quotation. Delivery can be within 2 weeks and our quote will be reasonable.

Machine Gun Simulator (modern)

This simulator generates a rapid stream of pulses alternating between 2 connected LEDs whenever the input pin is grounded. The timing and duration of these pulses mimics the appearance of automatic weapons fire like that seen in WW2 and modern era wing and belly guns on planes and attack helicopters. The N8060A version of this module is configured for 4 LEDs alternating between pairs to simulate 4 guns firing.

6-LED Chase Light Simulator

This simulator will sequence 6 white LEDs in two different ways. With the input control pin left unconnected, LEDs will light in succession (1 through 6) then repeat over and over. This will simulate airport runway chase lights used for traffic landing assistance. With input control grounded (-DC), LEDs will sequence in an up and down fashion (1,2,3,4,5,6,5,4,3,2,1) and repeat over and over. The N8049A version is for red or yellow LEDs.

Item# Cart Price
N8049

$14.95

NLA8049

$15.95

NLD8049

$15.95

N8049A

$14.95

NLA8049A
$15.95
NLD8049A
$15.95

Furnace / Forge / Sawdust Burner Simulator

This module generates a slow, random undulating brightness output for either a single LED, or 2 series-wired LEDs. It closely replicates the exhaust glow of a jet engine being throttled up and down. The use of 2 LEDs gives double the light output. When strategically placed, it can create a reflective effect that can add significant realism to various aircraft. If used with our Nano LEDs, even the smallest scale model can benefit form the effect.

Item# Cart Price
N8046

$13.95

NLA8046
$14.95
NLD8046
$14.95
Item# Cart Price
N8060

$13.95

NLA8060

$14.95

NLD8060

$14.95

N8060A

$13.95

NLA8060A
$14.95
NLD8060A
$14.95
Item# Cart Price
N8050

$12.95

NLA8050
$13.95
NLD8050
$13.95
N8051

$13.95

NLA8051
$14.95
NLD8051
$14.95
N8052

$14.95

NLA8052
$15.95
NLD8052
$15.95
Programming Charge:
Machine Gun Simulator (WW1)

This simulator generates a stream of pulses for a single LED whenever the input pin is grounded. The timing and duration of these pulses mimics the appearance of machine gun fire for early (slower rate) guns that were used on World War 1 aircraft. The "A" version is for two LEDs pulsing alternately to simulate two guns firing.

More Info
Connecting
Video coming soon
Item# Cart Price
N8061
$12.95
N8061A
$13.95
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Navigation Light Simulators

These modules generate various different effects to simulate aircraft navigation and running lights including strobes and beacons. Details of each Simulator's effects and instructions for connection are covered  in the More info table to the right. Just click on each item Details for information.

More Info
N8062 Details
NLD8062 Details
N8062A Details
Video coming soon
Item# Cart Price
N8062

$14.95

NLD8062

$15.95

N8062A
$15.95
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