“Hi Al and modeler’s.This is to replace those 12 volt bulb’s in your locomotive.
To run realistic speeds i find the bulb doesn’t produce enough light.You have to run to fast to show it and normally looks a yellowish glow.
Ive replaced my locomotive lights with 1.5 volt Led’s. Less heat and more light at very low speed’s.
Photo 1 is the led and the 12 volt resistor.And next to it is the factory bulb lot’s of heat very little light.
Photo 2 is the light board in the locomotive.
Photo 3 is the already finished and installed front light with resistor and used shrink tubing to protect from heat and short.
Photo 4 is the factory bulb in the rear of the locomotive.
Photo 5 is the Led and the resistor soldered to the possitive lead of the Led.Dont over heat.
photo 6 is the finished light.
Photo 7 is the Led soldered in place.
Careful to make sure the 2 soldered point’s dont not touch and to use a object to scrap gently between to clear any unwanted stuff and make a clean connection.
Photo 8 is me holding the locomotive at super slow speed and show how bright during the day the Led’s work.
Now next time i am replacing the 2 mar’s light’s in front to real lights. Basic soldering and a easy fix to spruce up your locomotive lighting. Going to love it at low light. All Led’s and resistors come in a pack from ebay and cost .99 cents and free shipping for 20 colored led’s.
If any problem’s let me know.enjoy.
A big thanks to Kim, I know this is a problem that is posted a fair bit.
You can save even more on the resistors with the ‘ebay cheat sheet‘.