RED train lantern ideas

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Re: RED train lantern ideas

Post by Greg_Lewis » Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:05 pm

Not wanting to hijack this thread, here's a FRED thread on one I made that isn't scale but works reliably:

viewtopic.php?f=33&t=110850&p=442303#p442303
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Re: RED train lantern ideas

Post by ccvstmr » Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:18 am

Greg...what? No blinky...like a real FRED? Or does that come out in the next modification? :roll: Carl B.
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Re: RED train lantern ideas

Post by mklotz » Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:26 am

If you want flashing in a dead simple LED driver circuit, use a LP5560...

https://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/lp556 ... e.com%252F

In its default state it flashes about once a second.

I use one similar to these (LM3909) powered by a single D-cell battery in an annunciator to indicate the garage door is open. The battery lasts for years in this application.

I checked and Mouser still sells this device...

https://www.mouser.com/Texas-Instrument ... j9Z1z0zls6
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Re: RED train lantern ideas

Post by mklotz » Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:49 am

Or, simpler yet, just buy self-blinking leds...

https://www.amazon.com/Blinking-LED/s?k=Blinking+LED
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Re: RED train lantern ideas

Post by Greg_Lewis » Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:23 pm

ccvstmr wrote:
Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:18 am
Greg...what? No blinky...like a real FRED? Or does that come out in the next modification? :roll: Carl B.

Nope. I gave up Blinky when I was about five years old..... :lol:
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Re: RED train lantern ideas

Post by Benjamin Maggi » Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:48 pm

Thanks for the ideas guys!
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