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Miniature Simulator Modules
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.
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.
Two new LOW-VOLTAGE
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.
This simulator provides a single repeating burst, increasing and decreasing in intensity. It accurately represents many beacons found aboard ships and tugboats, and structure warning beacons in and around waterways and harbor areas. The standard version N8032 will support red or yellow LEDs. The N8032A version of this module is configured specifically for white LEDs.
Lighthouse Beacon Simulator
This simulator is designed to generate slowly increasing and decreasing brightness of two alternating LEDs. The effect is timed to accurately represent the slowly rotating beacon in a lighthouse with a higher intensity white light followed by a lower intensity green light (rear of beacon). The N8035A version is for a single white LED (flashing twice as often to achieve the same rotational timing effect).
Marker Buoy Simulator
This module creates a slowly increasing and decreasing intensity curve with a 4-second dark (off) period between cycles. This mimics many harbor navigation buoys used from the late 1930's to present day. A second buoy (LED) can be connected which has a slightly offset starting time.
Channel Marker Simulator
This module generates brightness curves simulating the blinking incandescent lamps in nautical markers used in many harbors and commercial river routes. It is configured for up to 3 separate LED outputs. Different cycle start times and flash rates are programmed for each output to provide a realistic random visual effect.
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.
Rotating Beacon Simulators
These modules reproduce a highly realistic simulation of a rotating beacons by sequencing LEDs (sold separately) that are positioned to produce the effect. See LED Construction in the More Info table to the right for complete information. The timing of the rotational effect closely replicates that of typical rotating beacons used aboard tugs and some military and civilian ships. 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.
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 deck guns aboard PT and Swift Boats. The N8060A version of this module is configured for 4 LEDs alternating between pairs to simulate 4 guns firing.
Structure Lighting Simulator & Controller Module
Here is a way to create a bit of animation for that factory, office building, or house structure that gives the appearance of activity going on inside. The N8048 module turns on and off 3 different outputs at varying intervals for varying time periods of a 10-minute cycle, then turns all outputs off for 15 minutes, then starts over. A timing table is included with each module that shows the sequencing of the 3 outputs. See More info for connecting and timing tables.
Furnace / Forge / Sawdust Burner Simulator
This module generates a slow, random undulating brightness output for either a single LED, or 2 series-wired LEDs that closely replicates the heat source glow of furnaces. Ideal for simulation of the glow of a shipboard boiler typical of early-era wood or coal fired steam vessels. The use of 2 LEDs give double the light output and when strategically placed, can create a excellent varying reflection off nearby surfaces enhancing the effect.
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. The "A" version is for two LEDs pulsing alternately to simulate two guns firing.
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AUTOMATIC CURRENT PROTECTION!
At just 3/4" square, this product series includes a state-of-the-art current source which provides a constant 20 ma for LEDs connected to the module. This means any color 20 ma LED can be connected without the need for external current limiting resistors, multiple LEDs can be connected in series (requires a power source of sufficient voltage) and different colors of LEDs can be combined in the same series. All will operate at 20 ma.
For certain applications it may be desirable to have the LED (or series string) connected to operate at less than full brightness. For this purpose, solder pads are included on the back of the module for placement of resistors to adjust of current source output.
Input voltage range 6-16 VDC. Extra power wires included.
Now with start control (Rev. A, April 2009)
The N8035B version is configured for two LEDs operating as a single light source providing twice the light output for larger (O & G) scale models.
The N8048C Controller module triggers 3 separate outputs at timed intervals and is designed specifically to be used as an automatic sequence controller for multiple N8048 Structure Lighting Simulators. Units can be cascaded for any size application.
Produces a flash with a 50% duty cycle (equal on and off times). Rate of flash is adjustable from 30 flashes per second (33 ms) to one flash every 3 seconds. This adjustment is made by rotating the slotted center of a variable resistor (bottom right corner of flasher). This flexibility allows for adaptation to a wide variety of warning and attention lighting.
Variable-rate Alternating Flasher
This module creates an alternating flash between a pair (or pairs) of LEDs with a 50% duty cycle (equal on and off times). Rate of flash is adjustable from 30 flashes per second (33 ms) to one flash every 3 seconds. This adjustment is made by rotating the slotted center of a variable resistor (bottom right corner of flasher). This product supports "common anode" devices, see More Info for details.
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.
Simulator Booster Boards
Supports up to 200mA and 18VDC per output channel
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.
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.
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