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4 lights to blink in series

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by packfan88, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Jan 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM
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    packfan88

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    i need to wire 4 incandescent lights to blink left to right or right to left to divert traffic. I could prolly buy an LED light bar but i have a box full of various taillights off commercial trucks and some trailers that use old school 1157 bulbs. So buying something new is last resort.

    so like in the picture, how do i wire 4 of these lights to blink back and forth.


    I currently have a secondary fuse block wired in my truck for train horns. It has its own heavy gauge (maybe 8g? i forget) feed and ground. Its fused.

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  2. Jan 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM
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    If you are electrically inclined you could do it with a cascade counter, timer and relays with drivers. Not really sure if there is an off the shelf solution.
     
  3. Jan 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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    You need some kind of arrowboard/flasher controller to handle the sequencing. Using 1157 lamps, it's going to take something pretty beefy.

    It's going to be cheaper to simply buy a LED light bar ready made.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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    Im all for not having it off the shelf. I may have this stuff all ready but not exactly sure the best method of getting it to work. I dont know anything about a cascade counter so ill look it up.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2013 at 6:14 PM
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    i think those arrowboards are a bit over kill. think of a highway patrol car when they use the rear dash lights to divert traffic to the side. they were using those long before LED lights were cheap and all over. just nto sure how they did it.


    I dont want to use LED strips.


    http://www.responderpse.com/lightbars-minibars/halogen-strobe-minibars/9m-series-strobe-minibar/

    these are non led lights. they strobe but it says they have 9 settinsg so there is a way to take a halogen bulb and change the blink rate. just dont want to spend $550 to figure it out.
     
  7. Jan 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM
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    this is a period correct NYC DOT vechile. you cant see from the back but these have poles on the roof that can blink a few lights to divert traffic left or right. or they can set them up and turn them red for stop.

    so i they can do it ...and the police light bars can do it. 'You CAN DO IT !!!
     
  9. Jan 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM
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  10. Jan 30, 2013 at 6:53 PM
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    cougar lighst look good. anyway to find out hwo ot works without buying one and cuttng it and destroyimg it? i dont like wasting OEM parts from back in the day.


    but it looks just like what i need for function. more lights and better sequence but maybe that can be added.
     
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    This:

    http://www.able2products.com/update/11_1010arrow_v1.htm

    But this wont handle the power consumption from these halogens. Its designed to work with LEDs on lower power. Gonna be tough to find a solution for this. I think building a network of relays, timers, etc is way to much work and will end up costing you the same in the end as a new simple directional bar
     
  12. Jan 30, 2013 at 7:02 PM
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    Maybe this then? Expensive though for the wire in style even.
     
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    They still have a timer and logic circuit that drives the sequencer.
    They always have... from the time they moved from electromechanical to solid state.

    The difference between 1960 and 2013 is the size of the unit, due to the current requirements of the lamps being driven.
    You're looking at 1970s-era load levels.

    Seriously man... I hate to be insulting, but from the questions you are asking, the comments you are making, and the ideas you are throwing up against the wall to see if they stick, you lack the basic knowledge required to design and construct what you want.

    I built what you are wanting to do about 25 years ago. I used a 555 timer as a basis, ran through a couple of other chips... basically created a theater chase-light circuit, then used that to drive a series of transistor cascades to drive the lamps.

    It could drive an LED, but the cascade didn't drive the lamps for long before it overheated. Boss ended up buying a replacement controller before I tried to troubleshoot it.
     
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    Problem seems to be that everything off the shelf is designed for low current LEDs.
     
  16. Jan 31, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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  17. Jan 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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    kinda like buying ready to go model airplane or buying the pieces, building it yourself and getting to the same end point.
     
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