LED Lighting Kit Wiring Guide
There are several static and animated LEDs in each kit. The animated LED’s are designed to simulate hazard warning lights. The static lights can be used for headlights, interior lights and to illuminate the fiber optic strands. All of our LEDs are prewired with resistors designed for a 9v power supply. You do not need to deal with the hassle of calculating resistance or clunky lighting boards. Simply wire the LEDs to the 9v power source and you’re ready to go. It’s that simple.
• WIRE WRAPPING
Using a sharp blade or a wire stripping tool, remove the rubber wire insulation until you have exposed metal wire. Twist the wires together tightly insuring they do not come
loose. If you have a soldering gun, you may use it to permanently bond the LEDs. If you do not, it shouldn’t be an issue as long as the wires are tied together tight enough. Always use electrical tape or liquid electric tape to seal up the exposed wires protecting against possible short outs. Important: Do not cross red and black wires as it will disable the lighting circuit and overheat the battery.
• USING FIBER OPTICS
Fiber optic strands are an awesome way to simulate micro optics on vehicles and terrain. Using the matching drill bit in the kit and a hand drill, or pin vise, drill out the hole you want the optics to illuminate. Run the optic strand through the model to an interior chamber that is large enough to house the LED light source. Using super glue attach the other end of the strand directly to the LED and you’re done. Each one of our kits comes with assorted color LED’s so you can illuminate the fiber optic to your choosing.
• LED LIGHT COVERS
Each lighting kit comes with LED light covers. These are 3D printed translucent acrylic pieces that are designed to fit perfectly over the 3mm LEDs that come with each lighting kit.
Use the diagram below to wire the light switch to the power source. Most larger models and terrain will have space inside that can accommodate a 9v battery and switch. If they don’t, an external compartment may be need to hold the battery. At all times make sure the positive wires never touch the negative wires or the battery will potentially overheat, drain and or leak.
Once you are comfortable with the basics of LED lighting, there is plenty of room for expansion. Many unique effects can be achieved by creative lighting and fiber optic use.