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Postby ozzie » Fri Sep 24, 2004 8:47 pm

hi all i have found some neat cold cathode fluroesent lights 6 inch long that only draw 190mA they come in 2 sizes and 4 colours these 6 inch ones will be fitted into the wingtips and give enough light to be easily seen around sunset i am going to fit the bigger ones inside the wing and tail for airshows they give off that spooky glow when set behind something car nuts use them. the white ones give of enough light to use them for the hanger at night.small ones are about $28.00 aus and the biger ones 40 $ there are some that are brighter but seem a little to fragile. im so impressed i am going to light my flat with them calculated about 150$ a year saving on powerbill compared to normal light. i waited until the owner of the "plastic parrot" across the hardstand fitted his expensive normal ones and then showed him these and his face went all funny he's always saying that he has the latest and greatest of everything. be the first on your airport with these. available from auto and electronic stores.
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Postby rayjb60 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:35 pm

Thats cool.....

I suppose that power generating lead from the Rotax ignition may have a use afterall.

Let us know if and how it works.....do you even need a battery or can the power lead go to it directly...next thing is we will need strobes.

I found strobes at Wal-Mart that are powered by 4 AA bateries. They even
claim 3 mile visibility, so they are perfect.

The price is right at $4 each, and if I can power them from the Rotax....even better.

Anyone have experience harnessing the electrical power from a Rotax and putting it to use?
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Postby ozzie » Mon Sep 27, 2004 5:40 pm

hey ray, i don't know if they run direct off the power coil of the rotax i'm stuck with the pioneers so will be running via small bat and small solar panel. i.ve been looking at strobes as well, the small ones that are used on fork lift trucks seem ok for close encounters. the ones that are now used on emergency vehicles and such are great but pricey. there are also some neat small spotlights of the new blue light type as well. i,m a little paroniod as were i will be flying has a lot of GA traficc flying overhead heading in and out of the access lane to the GA airport and quite a few trikes in the area flying from there own properties so anything can turn up coming from any direction i'll also fit a small rear view mirror as well as i'm the slowest on the block, hell i could even be bounced by an eagle as there are heaps of them as well. i'm a little paroniod after a gryo was run into from behind by a piper arrow.
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Postby flyalaz » Mon Oct 04, 2004 8:54 pm

Hi Ozzie,

The coils in the motor generate 6 volts AC, not DC, so if it's made for cars, you'll probably fry the unit. I found a small, economical strobe for house burgular alarms of 6-12 volts DC, that you probably have available down under, and like you, I am in the process of putting together a solar panel / battery system to run a radio, gps and the strobe. The specs say the strobe takes 80 ma to run, and at 12 volts, flashes about 90 times a minute. The cost here in Canada is about $30.00 for the strobe, and about the same for the solar panel.

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Postby ozzie » Tue Oct 05, 2004 3:34 am

hi karl yes it will be a ac out put so will have to fit a rectifyer on it to convert it to dc and limit the charge the bigger rotaxes are about 14-18volt. so if you know some one who can link the 2 engines together you will get 12 volts less hassle with the bat and solar panel but i think you will find the drain from the radio will excede the imput from the panel. how about a little generater with a small prop on it just like the old days?
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