Racing Drone Motor Mount 5V LED Circle 2Pcs (Red)
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LEDs look great at night and they can be useful to help with orientation even in the daytime. LEDs also come in handy for FPV miniquad racing. Racing drones are actually quite hard to see on FPV video, especially if you are racing at full speed through a field of trees. Using LEDs is one solution to the problem. Fix a few to your drone and it will make it much easier for your mates to follow you.
We stock quite a range of LEDs on our website, so much so you might be spoilt for choice, but if you're after some LEDs for a racing drone, look no further than these Matek circular LED boards. The have been designed specifically for racing drones. They are super bright, available in four different colours and are easy to install. The way that they attach is pretty neat; they sit beneath you motors on the underside of your frame and attach simply by passing the motor screws through them. The circular LED boards are compatible with 18XX / 22XX regular motor mounts.
The LEDs require a 5volt DC input, so you will need a voltage regulator (BEC) to step down your battery voltage to them, for example the Matek Micro BEC. Alternatively, you could use the Matek 5 in 1 PDB to power them.
The circular LED boards come as a pair, and are available in white, red, green and blue colour options.
How to light your multirotor: Lighting is obviously a necessity for nighttime flying, however it's also really helpful when flying in daylight. Unlike helicopters, multicopters typically lack defining features to help with orientation; lighting is therefore a great solution. It makes most sense to employ a navigational lighting setup - Red on the Port (left) side, Green on the Starboard (right) side and a white strobe astern. When it comes to selecting your lights there are lots of options: LEDs, HPLEDs (High power LEDs), Stripe lights and Strobes. Regular LEDs are inexpensive and come in an array of colours. While they consume little power, LEDs are best suited to nighttime applications as they are usually too dim to be seen in bright daylight. Alternatively the next generation of LEDS, HPLEDs are much brighter. They can be driven by much greater currents meaning that some can emit over 1000 lumens. At night they can be seen for miles but more importantly they are visible in bright daylight. Since overheating is destructive, HPLEDs must be mounted on a heat sink to allow for heat dissipation. Both regular and HP LEDs are easy to wire up - however note that LEDs will only light up with correct electrical polarity and that they have a maximum current rating which must not be exceeded. To limit the amount of current through an LED a suitable resistor should be used. Strips lights are fun when it comes to night flights and are fantastic for orientation purposes. Some can be powered/controlled with an LED RGB Driver to cycle between different modes and colours. LEDs of all types can be turned into a strobe by using asuitable controller, strobes have the added bonus of low power consumption. The key to all lighting installations is to think about voltage and current requirements, a voltage regulator/UBEC will usually be necessary to help meet this requirements. Finally it is advisable to power lights from a separate battery to your flight battery.
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