I recently got a set of Bachmann Jackson and Sharp coaches. They have track powered lighting, but I'm not all that happy with it. It's very bright and the power is drawn from brass tabs that press against the wheel flanges. It works but it adds drag and noise. If I'd known this was how they picked up power I'd have thought twice about ordering them. But my wife and I are modifying the cars anyway to fit our fictitious local line
I'm thinking I could just convert the lights to battery powered LEDs. That way I could just remove the track power tabs, but still have lighting. I searched the archive and found some info but not much. I don't know much about electronics. How hard would it be to put, say, three amber colored LEDs in each car, powered by some AA batteries? They'd last forever
These are dumb questions--what battery type do I want? What resistor values on the LEDs?
Hey, I could put a solar sensor in each car, have te come on automatically at sunset....
I have LED's and batteries mounted in the top of my coaches, but I discovered something better.
Hurry to Menards and grab as many "18 LED Micro Light Sets" as you can find in their Christmas Clearance (3 bucks each). These have 18 bright white LED's each and a little battery holder. My sierra coaches have 9 windows per side, so I'm putting 2 of these little LED's on the roof over each window. I got 4 boxes 'cause I have 4 coaches.
2 of these LEDS in series run nicely from 4 AA cells.