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Installing LED lights in cars

Postby mattinair » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:21 am

I'm posting some photos of an attempt at installing lighting in one of's Inter City passenger cars....
First I drilled a hole in one of the newer motorized unit bogies so I could screw it on in place of the original non conductive bogie...
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Next I inserted 2 LEDs into a section of translucent plastic tube (2 LEDs>one is lit in one direction the other lit in the other direction)
Also open the notch on the chassis above the bogie>attach the LED wires to the little prongs on the bogie(I just twisted them on and crimped the little prongs with tweezers..seems to work fine)
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Finally I screwed the conductive replacement bogie on and glued the plastic tube to the chassis.........
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Now here's where I had a problem.....
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With the cars clear body shell and non opaque paint the LEDs were just too bright > On the little coach I did I had sprayed the body with an under coat of opaque black primer>Also the shell itself was translucent not clear...
Oh well once I put some black paint on the cars ceiling.......from 3 feet away this one will actually look alright.....
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