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However, there are many modeling situations where a particular lighting effect may be desirable if it can be reproduced on many LEDs (series or parallel groups) or LEDs that exceed the 25mA or 5-volts DC. This is where our Booster Boards shine (forgive the pun). At just 0.8" x 1.50", these small boards increase a simulator's output up to 200mA and DC voltage of 9-18 VDC. This greatly expands the versatility of many of our Simulator products. Although probably not a realistic application, imagine driving 50 or 60 LEDs with a Beacon Simulator!
The Boosters come in 3 flavors: N8103-1 to support a single output Simulator (i.e., N8032 Beacon), N8103-2 for 2 output Simulators (i.e., N8038 Early-era Alternating Flasher), and N8103-3 for 3-output Simulators (i.e., N8043 Universal Strobe). A Simulator is easily be piggybacked on a Booster Board (connecting wire included) and share a common power input for both.
The tiny size of our Miniature Simulator modules above make them extremely versatile for all modeling scales. However, this size also limits output driving capability to 25mA at 5-volts DC per output channel. This is sufficient to support a very wide range of lighting effects.
Supports up to 200mA and 18VDC per output channel
Due to the wide variety of modeling scales, LEDs for use with these products are sold separately and can be found by clicking on the Lighting Products link at the left side of this page.
NEW LOW-VOLTAGE SIMULATORS SEE DETAILS BELOW
Miniature Simulator Modules
Smaller than a decoder at just .31" x .31" and utilizing the industry’s smallest microcontroller and associated circuitry, these modules consume less than 500 µa (<1/2 ma). Typical peak operating current with LED(s) attached and running through full brightness curves range from 18-38 ma. This makes them ideally suited for operation when powered directly by a function output of any of today's HO, N or Z-scale DCC decoders. Input voltage range 6-18 volts DC, so they'll work with nearly every layout environment. On-board current limiting resistor and input wires included.
Two new LOW-VOLTAGE
have been introduced: The NLA803X series for analog (DC) operation,
and the NLD803X
for DCC Sound decoders with 3.3-volt accessory
functions and RC applications that use 3.7-3.8 volt batteries. These
low-voltage versions have a wide effective input voltage range of
3.2 to 16 (maximum) volts DC.
This simulator provides a single repeating burst, increasing and decreasing in intensity to accurately represent beacons like those made by Prime and Federal. While the module will support yellow or red 20ma LEDs, when used with red, it is an excellent choice for , radio, cell or water tower, or other structure height warning beacon for aircraft.
Lighthouse Beacon Simulator
This simulator is designed to generate slowly increasing and decreasing brightness of two alternating LEDs. The effect is timed to accurately represent the slowly rotating beacon in a lighthouse with a higher intensity white light followed by a lower intensity green light (rear of beacon). The N8035A version is for a single white LED (flashing twice as often to achieve the same rotational timing effect). The N8035B version performs the same as the A version, except it supports two white LEDs for extra high output
Rotating Beacon Simulator
This module is designed to reproduce a highly realistic simulation of a rotating beacon by sequencing 3 yellow or red LEDs (sold separately) that are positioned to produce the effect. See LED Construction in the More Info table to the right for complete information. The timing of the rotational effect closely replicates that of typical rotating beacons. Occasionally seen near building fronts or signs as "attention getters". As red beacons, they are used as warning for bridge lifts and other moving structures.
Custom Lighting Effect Simulators
Do you need a special lighting effect that that no one produces or have a unique prototype requirement? We may be able to help. The N8050 will support 1 LED output, the N8051, 2 LED outputs, and the N8052 will support 3 LED outputs.. For an additional programming charge (quoted separately), we will program the appropriate simulator to create your effect. Just email or call us with your requirements. We will review them, determine if they are within the capabilities of our simulator, and if so, respond with our quotation. Delivery can be within 2 weeks and our quote will be reasonable.
Furnace / Forge / Sawdust Burner Simulator
This module generates a slow, random undulating brightness output for either a single LED, or 2 series-wired LEDs. The effect replicates the glow seen in furnaces, forges and wigwam (sawdust) burners. Ideal for these applications and other factory or shop buildings where these type of heat sources are present. The use of 2 LEDs give double the light output and when strategically placed, can create a excellent "shine" effect off other nearby surfaces.
After approval and response to our quotation, add appropriate item(s) to the shopping cart, then enter the agreed-upon programming charge and add it to the shopping cart. Once we receive your order, we will begin processing.
Early-era Flasher Simulator
This simulator replicates the older-style signal and hazard warning flashers that used incandescent (filament) lamps to generate light. Typical flash rate of 3/4 second with a increasing and decreasing brightness curve to duplicate that of filament type lamps. Three outputs will each drive up to one pair (wired in series) of red and/or yellow LEDs Outputs flash sequentially so the module could also drive a very short series of "chase" lights.
Campfire / Fireplace Simulator
This simulator produces a random varying change in output intensity for either a single LED, or 2 series-wired LEDs. The effect realistically mimics the crackling fire in a fireplace or of a campfire. Perfect to add the reflective effect inside a building or house for the added warmth and that "lived-in" look. If used with our Nano LEDs even the smallest scale scene can enjoy the realism this effect produces, such as an outdoor BBQ or backyard debris burning.
Simulator Booster Boards
AUTOMATIC CURRENT PROTECTION!
At just 3/4" square, this product series includes a state-of-the-art current source which provides a constant 20 ma for LEDs connected to the module. This means any color 20 ma LED can be connected without the need for external current limiting resistors, multiple LEDs can be connected in series (requires a power source of sufficient voltage) and different colors of LEDs can be combined in the same series. All will operate at 20 ma.
For certain applications it may be desirable to have the LED (or series string) connected to operate at less than full brightness. For this purpose, solder pads are included on the back of the module for placement of resistors to adjust of current source output.
Input voltage range 6-16 VDC. Extra power wires included.
Structure Lighting Simulator & Controller Module
Here is a way to create a bit of animation for that factory, office building, or house structure that gives the appearance of activity going on inside. The N8048 module turns on and off 3 different outputs at varying intervals for varying time periods of a 10-minute cycle, then turns all outputs off for 15 minutes, then starts over. A timing table is included with each module that shows the sequencing of the 3 outputs. See More info for connecting and timing tables.
The N8071B is configured for the primary (top of tower) white LED. This is typical for towers with a strobe light at top position.
The N8048C Controller module triggers 3 separate outputs at timed intervals and is designed specifically to be used as an automatic sequence controller for multiple N8048 Structure Lighting Simulators. Units can be cascaded for any size application.
This module creates an alternating flash between a pair (or pairs) of LEDs of approximately 3/4 of a second and 50% duty cycle. This is a typical sequence for standard modern-day warning flashers for low bridges, etc. This product supports "common anode" devices, see More Info for details.
Defective Sign/Light Simulators
The N8069 is a 3-output simulator that reproduces the effect of a flickering or defective light on its first output channel, with the remaining 2 channels being on continuously. This allows connected LEDs to be strategically placed in model signs to display this effect dramatically. It can also be used in building, streetlights, or railroad passenger cars for the same effect. How about creative placement in a back-lit building sign for a humorous effect.
Arc & Gas Welder Simulators
Finally, welding simulation that looks just like the real thing! A bit of shameless back-patting, but we believe it is warranted. These simulators are configured for connection of two LEDs to accurately reproduce the varying intensity, intermittence and slight color changes just like real welders. Our Nano LEDs are perfect for reproducing these effects. N8064 is the arc welder and N8064B is the gas welder. See Connecting under More Info to the right, for product details.
Cascadable Chase Light Simulator
This simulator will sequence 6 white or yellow-white LEDs in succession (1 through 6) then repeat over and over when input control is grounded (-DC). Unlike the chase light Simulator above, this version can be cascaded together for a virtually unlimited chase sequence. Click on Connecting in More Info (to the right) for details of wiring and operation. The N8049D version is for red, orange, and/or yellow LEDs.
6-LED Chase Light Simulator
This simulator will sequence 6 white or yellow-white LEDs in two different ways. With the input control pin left unconnected, LEDs will light in succession (1 through 6) then repeat over and over. With input control grounded (-DC), LEDs will sequence in an up and down fashion (1,2,3,4,5,6,5,4,3,2,1) and repeat over and over. The N8049A version is for red, orange, and/or yellow LEDs. Perfect for lighting attention-getting signage on building and store fronts, eateries, bars, etc.
Variable-rate Alternating FlasherThis module creates an alternating flash between a pair (or pairs) of LEDs with a 50% duty cycle (equal on and off times). Rate of flash is adjustable from 30 flashes per second (33 ms) to one flash every 3 seconds. This adjustment is made by rotating the slotted center of a variable resistor (bottom right corner of flasher). This product supports "common anode" devices, see More Info for details.
TV Flicker Simulator
This module simulates the reflective light given off by a television set within a structure’s area such as a living room, office or family area, or a viewing area in a passenger coach. The pseudo-random change in intensity and variation in timing produces a very realistic effect.
Tower Beacon/Strobe Simulator
The N8071 is configured to generate either a beacon effect (ramping up & down of brightness - the default setting), or a strobe effect for the primary (top of tower) red LED. Additionally, up to 4 more red or yellow LEDs can be connected which will run in a continuously-on state. This configuration allows this module to simulate the lighting of many different radio, cell and TV towers.
Produces a flash of 3/4 of a second (700-750 ms) with a 50% duty cycle (equal on and off periods). This simulates the style of flasher used for various modern-era air traffic clearance indicators for buildings, radio towers, bridges, etc.
Produces a flash with a 50% duty cycle (equal on and off times). Rate of flash is adjustable from 30 flashes per second (33 ms) to one flash every 3 seconds. This adjustment is made by rotating the slotted center of a variable resistor (bottom right corner of flasher). This flexibility allows for adaptation to a wide variety of structure warning and attention lighting.
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