having used LED strips, ive found theyre great in low light (or at night), but completely useless in bright sunlight.
now that im getting parts together for a new custom frame, im going to try some seriously big LEDs giving a single point of light at the end of each arm. these are favourite so far: http://www.ebay.es/itm/130702285270 as they are rated for a 12V socket i assume they have a resistor in series with the LED inside that case, but i will test them before wiring everything up.
the thing is though, just as the small LEDs in strips are pretty much invisible in full sunlight, im sure that these will be _complete_and_utter_overkill_ at night - that ill have people calling the police because theyve seen a UFO etc.. ideally i would like to be able to regulate the brightness all the way from full power to a faint glow.
reading a little about voltage regulation it seems that it can be incredibly wasteful trying to do this with a simple cicuit, and so i really need a switching BEC to power them at the lower voltage. if it turns out that the brightness at 5V or 6V is just right for flying at night then thats no problem, i can plug the lighting circuit into a tiny switching BEC and all is good. but i wonder if i might want even less power to the LEDs, and ideally it would be nice to be able to be able to select brightness all the way from 1V to 12V.
so my questions:
VERY simple..... Brushed motor speed control.
12V input. PWM output.
saw it on an issue of "flitetest" on youtube
SMD5050 x6 on a PCB with built in 12v regulator. Can't beat the price either. I LOVE mine! They're insanely bright and not too bad on battery usage.
I run one at each corner or SMD5050 waterproof strips (they usually have black PCBs so look better)
Here are the 6 LED modules:
Up front in white, SMD 5050 Waterproof strips in the rear (15m roll for $30)
My Bambucopter mini quad with 4 of the Digitron Modules. SUPER bright!
My gigantic carbon Rusty quad with 4 Digitron Panels pointing up at the props to light them up for orientation. This worked real well!
VC-20-450 Quad with 4 digitron panels on the tips of the arms, and SMD 5050 Strips on the arms as well. This was BLINDING. I had to remove the panels...
Without Still visible from afar.
The SMD5050 Lighting panel in Green on the rear on my y6 Bolt, I'm waiting on my blue panels for the front. I may light up the rear prop as well. Also have plans to run the outer rim of the frame with green EL wire with a sequencer, and holding the EL wire with zip ties.
Here she is now, the green is the back. Visible for up to 2 miles easily.
With flash on
The 6 LED cluster 12v Panels are available at http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDrillDo...
And the rolls of waterproof black adhesive backed SMD 5050 Strips in different colors and even RGB I get at this vendor on ebay. I suggest ordering a few. They're very useful. I even lit part of my house in 4300kv warm strip LEDs on a dimmer.: