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    Panel Backlighting

    Just came across a real bargain that was ideal for panel backlighting. The wife picked up a 1.5 metre length of 'twinkling LED' christmas lights from the local Morrisons supermarket. This consists of 20 white LEDs that are battery illuminated using 2xAA batteries.

    However, they don't flash but produce a nice steady white light ideal for backlighting the panels in my B737 simulator. So I re-deployed them to my workshop (when she was at work), soldered the necessary wires into the battery box and connected it to a 3V power supply (from an old ATX PSU). Worked a treat, and all for the bargain price of 2! thats 10p per white LED with a battery box and cable for free!

    Needless to say a couple more packs were obtained before she returned.
    Andy

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    Re: Panel Backlighting

    Quote Originally Posted by ADW View Post
    'twinkling LED'
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    However, they don't flash
    Make your mind up! Do they flash/twinkle or not!?!

    I'll wait another week before I swoop, then they'll be in the post xmas sale for 50p a shot

    Being serious, thanks for the post.

    Sean

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    Re: Panel Backlighting

    I got a nice set of 20 white 1 value tesco lights to add a glow to my glareshield...works a treat.....mains powered and very bright...you wont even see the lights anyway coz they conveniently hidden!

    Ps....you can change the lamps to red lights for pennies using spare bulbs!

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    Re: Panel Backlighting

    Got some old blue LEDS from a local Garden Shop a few years ago Alex, waiting for the Boxing Day sales to see if any white ones show up

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    Re: Panel Backlighting

    Hi Andy

    haha cool idea.. what about some pics if you've already installed your panels the way you described it. Would be interesting to see how this worked out??!!

    cheers
    Pascal Haldenstein
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