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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.
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.
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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.
This module is designed to produce a short "burst" flash of approximately 1/15 of a second (65-70 ms) at a rate of two times per second (2 Hz). This will replicate strobe flashers that would be appropriate for a wide variety of hobby projects and models including spacecraft.
Supports up to 200mA and 18VDC per output channel
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).
Simulator Booster Boards
Variable-rate Alternating Flasher
This 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.
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.
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 times a Simulator's output and a DC voltage range of 9-18 VDC. This greatly expands the versatility of many of our Simulator products, especially where LEDs can be wired in series groups!
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.
Universal Strobe Simulator
This simulator will support strobe effects for a wide range of applications. The strobe pulse is a short 70ms burst occurring either once per second on all three outputs simultaneously, or when the simulator input is grounded, on two outputs together and one output separately, alternating at one-half second intervals . See Examples of use in the More Info table to the right for complete information.
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.
Machine Gun Simulator
This simulator generates a rapid stream of pulses alternating between 2 connected LEDs whenever the input pin is grounded. The timing and duration of these pulses mimics the appearance of automatic weapons fire like that of Star Wars® X-wing fighters. The N8060A version of this module is configured for 4 LEDs alternating between pairs to simulate 4 guns firing.
Enterprise NX-01 Navigation Lights Simulator (formerly N8202)
This module is programmed to realistically simulate the port & starboard navigation marker lights of Star Trek® Enterprise version NX-01 (the original, Commissioned in 2151 (Stardate -172000). It is configured to drive 3 series pairs of red & green LEDs with two pairs blinking (saucer top & bottom) at the correct rate, and one pair on continuously (warp nacelles).
Photon Torpedo Simulator (formerly N8201)
This Simulator is programmed to realistically simulate the visual effects of the Star Trek® Photon Torpedo initialization and firing sequence like that seen on the starship Enterprise. The module can be setup for manual firing only, manual firing with auto-repeat option, or auto-repeat only. The NLD version uses our low-voltage simulator.
6-LED Chase Light Simulator
This simulator will sequence 6 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 and/or yellow LEDs.
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Navigation Light Simulators
These modules generate various different effects to simulate navigation and running lights including strobes and beacons. Details of each Simulator's effects and instructions for connection are covered in the More info table to the right. Just click on each item Details for information.
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