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Larry46

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In reference to the circuit board in the Kato N California Zepher Observation. Does anyone know the electrical output (volts) to the lights. (or LEDS)? This is currant for the Drumhead and marker lights.

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Re: Voltage output of Kato Circuit Board in Zepher Observation car.
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2013, 04:29:52 PM »
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I'm not sure what you mean.
All of the factory installed (or add-on) LED lighting boards for Kato models are designed to operate from 0-12 volts.

The LEDs themselves work on lower voltages, which depend on the color (chemistry to be accurate) of the LED itself.   Red and amber LEDs operate at around 2 volts and white at around 3 volts. But you should never run LEDs without series-connected current limiting resistors and using s slightly higher voltage (that is if you want them to last a long time).
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Re: Voltage output of Kato Circuit Board in Zepher Observation car.
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2013, 06:39:31 PM »
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"I'm not sure what you mean. All of the factory installed (or add-on) LED lighting boards for Kato models are designed to operate from 0-12 volts."

Thanks! That's what I need!

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Re: Voltage output of Kato Circuit Board in Zepher Observation car.
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2013, 09:11:59 PM »
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You're welcome Larry. But all the N scale models (motors, lighting, etc.) are designed to operate in the same voltage range (up to 12 volts) . That is why I was confused about your questions.
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