3S 12V Super Bright LED Multirotor Tail Light 120mmx12mm - WHITE
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As LEDs go, we'll be amazed if you can find brighter than these, they really are 'super bright', even in the daylight. They use next generation LEDs based on COB (Chip on Board) technology, which offers greater brightness and efficiency over traditional LEDs. Furthermore, in comparison to standard LEDs, COB LEDs don't have a casing which allows for a much denser LED array. The result is a light beam without any visible individual light points.
When it comes to multirotors, LEDs have several uses. Obviously night flying is one of the main uses, but another relates to orientation. Multirotors are mostly symmetrical which makes orientation challenging. In this respect, LEDs can be used to provide a clear directional indicator. LEDs also come in handy for FPV racing. Mini quads are actually quite hard to see on FPV video, especially if you are racing at full speed through a field of trees. These LEDs make great tail lights for FPV mini quads. Attach one to your racing drone and it will be like carrying a collapsed sun around with you for your mates to follow.
This particular LED light bar runs off 12volts (3S LiPo) and thanks to its JST connection, the wiring is straightforward. We sell a 3S balance lead adapter, which make connecting up and powering it plug and play with a 3S LiPo. The light bar measure 120mm by 50mm, so it's plenty big enough to be seen even from some distance.
We also sell a shorter LED light bar here.
*Note: please make sure current draw is lower than 280mA or you risk damaging the LED strip
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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