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                             Drone Navigation Lighting Simulator installation



The NLD8110-02 provides a tiny, low-voltage/low-current circuit which produces navigation lighting for many different drone craft. Five 3mm LED lights are provided: 2 white for alternate flashing LEDs for the drone front, 1 red LED for port mounting, 1 green LED for starboard mounting, both flashing and a steady-on white LED for rear mounting. All pre-wired circuitry and LEDs are included in the package, plus a small copper-plated clip that can be used as a heat sink for LED soldering. Also included is a 4” length of shrink tubing & a small double-sided sticky foam pad for circuit mounting.

Utilizing the one of the industry’s most advanced microcontrollers and highly regulated voltage control circuitry, this total module consumes less than 35ma of current during normal operation with all LEDs attached. Input DC voltage range is 3.4 to 18 volts.

This NLD8110-02  has all wires pre-stripped & tinned and pre-soldered to the circuit board as well as the solder jumpers for on-board LED current control resistors pre-soldered.

Figure 1 below shows a detailed view of the attached wires as viewed from the front side of the circuit board.


                                                                   Figure 1

2 - Preparing and soldering the LEDs: 

Note: If pre-wired small surface-mount type LEDs are being used, Figure 5 below can be used as a reference for LED color placement  and polarity connections.

A  low-wattage iron (15-watt or less) should be used for this process and a needle type pointed tip should be used for connection of the LEDs to the wires.

Included in this package is a small smooth-jawed alligator clip. This clip can be used as a heat sink during the 3mm LED soldering process. These LEDs are very sensitive to excessive heat and using the heat sink will help prevent any heat damage during the soldering process. Figure 2 below shows where to place the alligator clip on the LED leads prior to soldering. The leads can be cut shorter if needed, but not shorter than the “bump” on each lead. If cutting be sure to remember which is the + (anode) lead. Figure 3 shows the electrical symbol for an LED denoting the DC polarity connections. This symbol will be used in the wiring diagram Figure 4 .


                                     Figure 2                                                 Figure 3



                                                                          Figure 4 


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 3 - Testing and mounting the assembly:

At this point, the Navigation Light Simulator assembly is completed and should be tested prior to installation in the drone. Figure 2 on page 2 shows  red and black wires soldered on the left side of the circuit (front view). These two wires are for power input and should be connected to your drone battery.

NOTE: This module DOES NOT HAVE reverse polarity power protection, so be extra careful when connecting the +DC RED wire and the –DC BLACK wire to your power source. Connecting the backwards will damage the module.

Once power has been applied and all LEDs appear to be function normally, the assembly can be mounted into your drone. Included in this package is a small double-sided sticky foam pad. Peel one of the protective backings off of the pad and stick it to the bottom side of the module. The foam will help electrically insulate the module from contact with any metal parts of the drone.

This completes assembly of the Drone Navigation Lighting Kit.




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